Australian Council for Computers in Education, ACCE 2016

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Coding the Future of Education
Samantha Becker

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Date: 2016-10-01 07:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Last modified: 2016-09-23

Abstract


Recent studies reveal that employers do not believe recent school graduates possess the skills needed to be successful on the job. 21st century ideals of creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking can be elusive and challenging to assess. However, for every study and daunting statistic published, there is a story that often goes untold — which this presentation will illuminate. Year one and two students at a Queensland school are using coding language to develop fictional characters. A seventh grade student in Norway built an Internet of Things-enabled device to help victims of paralysis control their computers more easily. A college student in Israel developed a machine learning algorithm that accurately detects threatening posts from benign ones on social media and alerts the authorities.

The latest crop of students, “Generation Z,” are entrepreneurial, global thinkers who are highly social, visual, and technological. They are early adopters of digital tools, social media influencers, and hyper aware of world issues such as climate change. These characterizations and stories beg the question — are students unprepared for the workforce or is the workforce just not ready for this caliber of students? Around the world schools are emphasizing active learning where students are valued not just as consumers of knowledge but as creators. In this environment, the school system is ripe for rethinking and reinvigorating. As humans, we are hard-coded to evolve (it's literally in our DNA!) and our schools must follow suit. What does the future of education look like in this view? Let’s take a trip outside the present to explore the next five to ten years.


Keywords


coding, future