Mary-Jo Hill

18 Jan 2022
We have knowledge on tap. We have google. Is it core skills, routed in core values, that will enable those younger than ourselves and, for us, as adults to navigate this fourth industrial revolution; this enormous technological paradigm shift? What skills are required moving forward? And how is your school managing this?

The more I consider the knowledge based curriculum, the more I realise it is the skills that are required that need more focus

21st century schools with 19th and 20th century curriculum and tools. What next?

We have knowledge on tap. Tap the screen and we can google it? Is it core skills, routed in core values, that will enable those younger than ourselves and, for us, as adults to navigate this fourth industrial revolution; this enormous technological paradigm shift? What skills are required moving forward?

Core skills- what are they?

Coding, critical thinking and analysis of computer science or data literacy. Excellent communication and group project skills. Data analysis routed in core values and the skills to listen, assimilate and probably confront each other’s view points. So how do we surround ourselves with those that have the right skills to do this? And more so with those that have enough shared values to make it work? A big challenge amongst the over crowded curriculum is ­finding more time for interaction. We need to shift education from a focus on consumption of content provided by the teachers to creation by the students. How do we do this? I feel the weight of that working with schools and all edu staff to support the containment of this current rough ride. I see the weight of it now on a generation of students tested and examined routinely and regularly and with teachers now having to mark it all twice. Once for the grade, and secondly for the feedback for the learning. I see the weight of it on a generation of teenagers with increasing anxieties. Every headteacher in the land is holding the weight of forging and navigating this swell towards a new curriculum that will need to engage and yet be meaningful in navigating the world we live in. It is a really big swell to ride.

It is almost a year now that we have had to embrace on-line learning and have the courage to change. How is your school / Trust managing the digital development in your curriculum?

Virtual reality and the semantic web

For any household with a PS4, we know that appropriate attention to a students’ sense of identity and the creation of one’s avatar is paramount before we even begin. With increasing attention to diversity and inclusion and the quantifiable benefits of this to our society, we need to root the curriculum in technological methods of communication and information management, and design a real personalised and individualised system of instruction and learning. Every pupil and adult in the land remembers the project; the play, the musical, the group project, the trip abroad and the playing outside. How will virtual reality contribute to this? How many schools are successfully using VR in the classroom right now? How many Assistants or Deputy Heads who are responsible for the whole school Teaching and Learning strategy see Digital Learning Development as a core strategic direction?

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