I pride myself in scanning the horizon and putting some thought into how we can best prepare students for the future, but for some reason I was momentarily deflated after watching a recent Ted Talk by Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab’s new Fluid Interfaces Group, entitled, Unveiling the “Sixth Sense,” game-changing wearable tech. Excited about the possibilities but deflated because it seems that the technology is changing so rapidly while our schools are still lagging behind.
Creating an envrironment where everyone in the community is looking ahead to the future is an exciting challenge for school leaders. Sir Ken Robinson in his book, The Element: How finding your passion changes everything, talks about how important it is for those in their element to be surrounded by others who are passionate and have skills in the same field. He refers to this group as the “Tribe”. Imagine a school tribe where a critical mass is purposefully looking to the future.
I’m convinced that time needs to be devoted to discussing the future and the following prompts serve as starters for a conversation on this video.
- How will technologies like the “sixth sense” impact education in the very near future?
- What technologies will our graduates be using in the very near future? How can we best prepare them for these technologies?
- Will any of our students become leading thinkers in developing future technologies?
- How can our school evolve to better prepare for the future?
It’s not enough to just send out the links and expect others to review and put some real thought into the implications for the future. There has to be genuine dialogue (which doesn’t mean that we have to be in the same place at the same time). How are your schools working to create the vision?