As Educators, we can only sit back and admire the knowledge and skills of five year old children who have mastered complex language and number patterns and who are able to produce texts and solve problems beyond our own expectations. By the age of six they are solving single digit equations almost as fast as calculators, and when presented with a number of complex multimodal tasks they can extract the key information, organise it in a matrix and present their findings to an audience using the latest technology.
By the time students arrive in middle school, having been consistently exposed to age appropriate problem solving strategies and tools across all curriculum areas, they are capable of providing creative solutions to local and global issues.
Welcome to the world of computational thinking where teachers collaborate to create the most efficient learning spaces in the world so that students have the opportunity to learn and to apply their knowledge and skills across time, contexts and cultures, in a connected world.
Schools today have a window of opportunity to innovate and to take the lead instead of just trying to predict what will happen in the next decades. Rapid technological developments as a result of human creativity, innovation, networks of people, computers, smart devices and objects are transforming the way we think, work and live. The students in our care deserve the best possible STEM education and quality opportunities to actively engage with our world and co-create a future by design.
Some of the questions we will be exploring during my sessions at the upcoming Improving STEM Education & Skills Outcomes Conference include:
- What are some of the effective professional development strategies used to promote STEM education to teachers, students and parents?
- What is a smart, adaptive learning classroom and how can we create one?
- What resources are available to sequentially teach students coding and computational thinking from P-10?
- How can we bridge informal learning spaces with formal spaces and empower students to drive innovation?
The next conference in the Digital Technologies Curriculum series takes place in Melbourne in March 2017. Attend for practical strategies to implement and unpack the curriculum, as well as ideas, resources and activities to try in the classroom.