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    Elizabeth Craker
    Future focused education: Understanding the trends
    1 June
    Public discussion Created by Elizabeth Craker

    Kia ora and welcome to our discussion about Derek's breakfast presentation coming up on 16 June.

    A couple of things to consider and comment on beforehand:

    • When confronted with the prospect of change, do you: (a) hide and hope it passes you by, (b) start a protest opposing it (c) wait a while to see what others do (d) stand out and shout 'bring it on!"  Why did you choose what you did?
    • How future ready are your students when they leave your school? What can you identify in your school curriculum that is designed to ensure this happens? Does your school have a coherent view of what future ready students might be or look like?

    Looking back on @dwenmoth Breakfast presentation (2017) his questions around ethics and equity in education (from slide 18) in a digital age is also a concern on the global stage.  

    Brace yourselves, we are now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution where our world is becoming increasingly blurred by technologies, in particular Artificial Intelligence; where automation and robotics are impacting our education, jobs and employment. For as long as humans have existed we have worked. It's a form of 'social enterprise' and of course an income. If humans are designing machines that effect us socially, economically and don't just help us in our jobs, but replace those jobs, then what happens to humanity? 

    “We need to be educating people so they are productive and employable,” Awuah later added. “But we also need to be educating people so that they’re creating a society that is livable and social, where human interaction is important.” The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy.

    While we prepare our young people for the skills they need in the future, including computational thinking and computer science, who's preparing the future machine makers to make moral and ethical decisions? Is this something you focus on in your professional earning discussions? Is it part of your curriculum? 

    AI meets humans

    Image source: Pixabay, CCO licence Geralt.

    - By Tessa Gray
      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Oct 17

        Looking back on Derek Wenmoth Breakfast presentation (2017) his questions around ethics and equity in education (from slide 18) in a digital age is also a concern on the global stage.  

        Brace yourselves, we are now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution where our world is becoming increasingly blurred by technologies, in particular Artificial Intelligence; where automation and robotics are impacting our education, jobs and employment. For as long as humans have existed we have worked. It's a form of 'social enterprise' and of course an income. If humans are designing machines that effect us socially, economically and don't just help us in our jobs, but replace those jobs, then what happens to humanity? 

        “We need to be educating people so they are productive and employable,” Awuah later added. “But we also need to be educating people so that they’re creating a society that is livable and social, where human interaction is important.” The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy.

        While we prepare our young people for the skills they need in the future, including computational thinking and computer science, who's preparing the future machine makers to make moral and ethical decisions? Is this something you focus on in your professional earning discussions? Is it part of your curriculum? 

        AI meets humans

        Image source: Pixabay, CCO licence Geralt.

        • Katrina Laurie
          By Katrina Laurie
          Jun 16
          • Katrina Laurie
            By Katrina Laurie
            Jun 16
            • Tessa Gray
              By Tessa Gray
              Jun 16

              I love how Derek clearly explains the Ten Trends with stories that exemplify how these trends are emerging across the country - in our personal, work and school lives. All interrelate and have direct influence on our educational culture and systems. 

              What has spoken to me? 

              Robots

              No person is an island, collaboration is a word we need to embrace and understand - beyond cooperation; giving something of ourselves, where we can work to achieve something beyond what we could do independently. This is a focus area that both students and teachers need - to achieve common goals and in some cases, for survival!

              ​What speaks to Derek?

              What does artificial intelligence mean when the robots and computers use 'intelligence' more like humans would, beyond searching a database to find solutions?  

              So what speaks to you? 

              What are your key takeaways from Derek's presentation? What moves to think differently or work differently in your school?

              • Tessa Gray
                By Tessa Gray
                Jun 16

                We've kicked off and gone live this morning with Derek as he starts by honouring a 'week' of looking at future trends with the TV series, What Next with John Campbell and Nigel Latter.

                Derek then acknowledges CORE's Ten Trends - which are not predictions for the future, but look at trends over time. These indicate what's emerging, which helps us to ask, what is the impact of these on education?

                Derek then breaks down the drivers and five key areas that 'frame' these trends for now and the future - Cultural, Technology, Structural, Process and Economic.

                CORE Ten Trends

                #corebreakfast

                What are the things we hold dear in schools? Do these appropriately reflect these times of change for our students?

                What do you think? 

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