As the pace of change in the 21st century continues to increase, the world is becoming more interconnected and complex, and the coveted knowledge economy is more intellectual individuals. So it is very important for us to shift our focus from education to lifelong learning. If we want to see learning from new perspective then we can improve learning. Everyone needs to realize that the students we teach grow in the technological age. This means they learn differently from us.
The environment of global competitiveness has indeed changed over the past decade. Other countries, such as Chinand Japan, produce extraordinary profits in science and technology. Americis lagging behind. Company executives are looking for degrees in the required fields but the skills found to be most valuable in candidate are collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving. This is skill that is increasingly difficult to find in candidates.
Future education will uphold studio-based learning. Studio-based learning is place where every child can see what every other child is learning. This is very important so that every child can witness the thought process of others and understand the thinking behind it. Children can then take skills from other students. Students begin to learn to appreciate the learning process because they learn from their struggles, mistakes, and successes. This is done in educational settings through technology-based learning. Children interact through blogs, websites, text messages, and games for social learning.
Children learn better this way because they can store information longer. It is proven that the more children review the material, the longer the retention time. If children review concepts every day through blogs with each other, they will understand the material better and maintain it longer.
Our children are the most technologically advanced generation – many of them heading for careers that don’t even exist yet. Our children learn through technology. They have game system that interacts with them every day and is successful. What if we build education around the game process? Namely, we created an interactive and project-based education system. Children will then use blogs and websites to interact with each other about their successful projects, to ask for help when they are stuck, and to discuss information to review concepts or materials. Will children be more adaptive to the educational process if we create an environment where they learn work skills that they can actually use in the future? The answer is yes. Most children go home and play virtual games every day for hours. If the education system is built on this students will be more interested in learning. Children will also get the skills they need in the work environment such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving.
We need to continue to teach Standard English (which we do). Children need to be taught the difference between formal and informal language (which we may or may not do). Finally, there must be level of acceptance, not strong contradiction to the way children write (which of course is not). Think of it as project-based learning. Children must rearrange Standard English to produce their own text language, and what we want them to learn is Standard English.