Education Roundup: Preparing Students for the Workplace of the Future

Last Updated on November 17, 2017

Thanks to educational thought leaders like you working to bring change to the classroom and the world’s youth on a daily basis, we are seeing the needle move, slowly but surely. Through our conversations and our programs, together, we are creating waves of much-needed change in the space of education.

Through innovative thought arises change-making action, which is why we are now introducing the Education Roundup. Catch up with us every Friday, as we highlight the latest, must-know happenings in education innovation – from inspiring school programs to K-12 and higher ed insights and edtech news.

This week, we take a look at the studies, trends, and programs that revolve around preparing our students to join the workplace of the future; a workplace driven by technology, artificial intelligence, and jobs that have not even been created yet.  

1. ‘We must prepare our students for the fourth industrial revolution.’ 

“We must recognise that the emergence of Generation Z brings to us different candidates. At the end of their learning process, industry will request from graduates that they be savvy at solving complex issues involving several sciences, and respectful of general interest.”(Times Higher Education)

2. Can K-12 education prepare students for the ‘jobs of the future?’

“Experts in the technology and education fields are concerned that advances in automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will leave education and training systems struggling to prepare students for a rapidly changing workforce, according to a new [Pew Research Center] report.”(Education Week)

3. Debunked: 5 myths about classroom technology.

Parents, lawmakers, and even educators have spoken out against technology in the classroom, arguing that excessive edtech could end up doing more harm than good. eSchool News lists the biggest myths about classroom technology in school…and why they’re unfounded and unsupported by empirical evidence. (eSchool News)

4. Trouble ahead for higher ed? 

Universities have been so transformed by 30 years of reform that the language around higher education can appear emptied of its traditional meaning. … In a world where students are consumers, who measure success by the class of their degree and their future earnings, the pursuit of knowledge is a marginal preoccupation.” (The Guardian)

5. How education keeps Namibia (and the world) employed in the age of AI. 

“We as a nation and as a government need to anticipate this enormous shift in employment phenomenon that is happening globally and will certainly impact Namibia.  … [we] need to embrace the new disruptive technologies and through education ensure that the employability of our future professionals is guaranteed.(AllAfrica)

6. History shows higher ed is actually defined by change, not stagnance. 

“Though higher educational institutions are often considered antiquated and intractable, colleges and universities have always been spaces of transition and transformation over decades and centuries, with constant debates about higher ed’s purpose.” (Education Dive)

7. India’s edtech industry to grow eight-fold to $2 bn by 2021.

According to a new study by Google and KPMG, “India’s online education industry is expected to grow almost eight times to hit $1.96 billion by 2021, with the number of paid users rising six-fold from 1.6 million now to 9.6 million. Over the last two years, the number of online searches for education has doubled. Searches from mobile devices have risen even faster, trebling over the period.” (VC Circle)

8. Armed Forces see STEM education as ensuring a bright future.

“Employers in fields that utilize science, technology, engineering and mathematics [caution] there is a coming gap in qualified applicants for employers. The rates of STEM graduates are not keeping up with the amount of job openings in related fields, and the issue could worsen, as the U.S. will add about one million new STEM jobs by 2020.” (Education Dive)

9. These 2 events show how liberal arts colleges are joining the edtech revolution. 

Think liberal arts and innovation don’t go together? Think again at the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts conference and JupyterDay Philly at Bryn Mawr College this month.” (Techically Philly)

10. A new way of opening up the world for your students.

One of our favorite examples of innovative teaching on a global scale is the American International School of Cyprus (AISC). So, we sat down with AISC Principal Amy Clerides, to explore a real world educational case study detailing what it takes to stay innovative in the world of education and how a top international school like AISC is empowering their students to see the world from within their classrooms.

Take Your Class on a Mission to See the World

Ready to join fellow innovative educators to empower the world’s youth? Join 100mentors as we take your students on a mission to explore the professions and places from around the globe, with the help of the world’s brightest minds. Like AISC, educators using 100mentors have replaced regular classroom lectures and assignments with a “Classroom Mission” curriculum, where they empower their students to connect with mentors from across the world (from NASA scientists and Google data scientists to Hollywood cinematographers and New York Post Editors, and more) to expand their learning — and life — horizons. So, what do you say?

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