We are at the brink of fourth industrial revolution that is disrupting almost every industry at a fast pace. This revolution has the potential to raise global income levels and the quality of life across the world. Technology has enabled us to access everything from the click of a button, be it ordering food, booking a cab or a flight, buying products or paying for bills from the comfort of your home.
This is going to impact the way businesses are done. Companies need to come up with new business models and a talent pool that has the required skill set to meet the new challenges. According to the WEF report titled The Future of Jobs, the top 5 skills required after 2020 would be:
Our school curriculum has changed very little in its format, pedagogy, content, and the teaching methodology for so many years. Our assessment system is structured in a way that tests students on recalling information that is provided in books. The school curriculum and the methodology don’t develop creativity and critical thinking but encourage cramming and repetitive practice that is useful to score in final exams or prepare for entrance exams. As a result, students lack the skills that they need for the future jobs.
So, how do we prepare our students for the future? How do we develop skills such as critical thinking and emotional intelligence in students?
We need to modify our teaching methodology to a problem/ project-based learning. Students need to be provided an experiential learning environment where they solve real-life problems and Learn by Doing. Each problem statement challenges them to find a solution that can be implemented in an effective manner. They should work in groups to research on the possible resolution methods for the given problem and then relate it to the constraints and conditions in their own environment. Teachers need to work as facilitators and guide the students in selecting the best solution for the given problem.
However, this method can’t be generalized for all subjects. So, there is a need for thematic integration of subjects. Schools need to focus on developing digital fluency and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills from an early age in students. Developing STEM skills will orient students towards a problem-solving approach and will help in developing the 21st century core skills required in the job market. These skills will help students to adapt easily to the changing demands of the future.
It has always been my dream to see technology becoming an integral part of a teacher's life inside the classrooms. The smartclass program implemented in our schools has indeed been like a dream come true.
The modules are both informative and enjoyable and it has enhanced the teaching and learning process.
The teaching methodology has transformed from an orthodox, laborious method of verbal explanation to a very interactive and graphical presentation, making teaching more interesting to the teachers and learning easy and enjoyable for the students.
The smartclass program has made the classroom sessions very interesting and interactive. It is helpful for both, the teacher and students in the learning process.