Directions of Change

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By Kyle Dahlem, Executive Director, DaVinci Institute

This isn’t the first time that I’ve focused my comments on the ever evolving . . . . . .you name it. And it won’t be my last.

“It” is evolving, changing, morphing. Since education is our forte´, let’s name the “it” education.

Like the many earthquakes that have disturbed Oklahomans over the past several years, the unsteady, unpredictable nature of future forces make educating students a “shaky proposition.” Educators must, however, be more proactive and to focus on how the world is changing.

It’s not as if all educators haven’t been thinking about this conundrum.

“Realigning American education for the jobs of the future isn’t just about the duration of school. It’s a question of what to study and how to encourage kids to see their education through.” Time, February 24, 2014, pp. 24-25.

“The Studio School is a new concept in education, which seeks to address the growing gap between the skills and knowledge that young people require to succeed, and those that the current education system provides.” Studio School Trust 2011

Open Culture (www.openculture.com), just one of many such sites, offers free online courses from the world’s leading universities-Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. Their collection includes over 800 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences.

Holographic video games which are in the infant stage of development hold promise for evolving into computer generated classrooms. “Students will learn while moving through real environments with mobile technology. . .” Knowledgeworks Foundation/Institute for the Future, 2006

In the interest of unselfishly preparing for the future we may not experience, creative thinking and innovative implementation must be parts of our daily reflection of what we do as educators.

Think about it. How do you see the future?

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