We hear it all the time that the world is changing incredibly fast and that technology is driving this change faster and faster every year. As educators we tire of hearing that our schools aren't keeping up with the times, but we know how hard this can be.
What should K-12 education look like now and how should it be evolving to meet the needs of a job market that is leaning more and more toward STEAM and 21st Century skills like design, programming, entrepreneurship, robotics, networking, video production, and social media?
We know that there are only so many hours in a day and so, as educators, we must make difficult choices when choosing how we spend those hours, what skills we teach, what content we choose, and what resources we present to our students. Who is making these difficult choices and are they informed enough about the world in which our students are entering? Are we stuck in paradigms like college readiness and the three R's?
There are more questions here than answers because this topic is new to our classrooms and districts and there is no crystal ball to predict what a kindergartener today's world will look like when she graduates in 2026. There are some incredible organizations that are trying to push more of these skills into school.
The week of December 9th - 15th, Code.org is running a Computer Science Education week titled, The Hour of Code. We are using this week to take one hour to experiment with what it's like to teach coding as an actual skill from age 6 and up. If you're interested you can sign up to participate or just view a few of the learning modules here.
Everyone uses computers in the workplace, in school, and in their homes. It's important that we understand how the things we use are built and how they operate. Not everyone will grow up to be a computer programmer, but understanding how this integral tool within our society operates is an competency that everyone needs to have.
Don Miller -