The Future Tense of Teaching in the Digital Age The digital environment has radically changed how and what students need and want to learn, but have we radically changed how we deliver education? Are educators shifting and adapting or stuck in the traditional That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It world? In this book, educators will be challenged to take action and adapt to a split-screen classroom--thinking and acting to accommodate today’s learners versus allowing traditional practices by default. Written with a touch of humor and a choose-your-own-adventure approach, the authors built chapters to be skimmed, scoured or searched for interesting, relevant or required material. Readers will be able to jump in where it serves them best.  • Consider predictions about what learning will look like in the future.  • Understand and learn to leverage nine core learning attributes of digital generations.  • Discover ten critical roles educators can embrace to remain relevant in the digital age. Keep things simple, concentrate on how learners learn, and change your approach from present to future tense.

New Skills for Modern Times

New Skills for Modern Times

Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity . . . and these in turn rely on the education of our people.

—Julia Gillard (2011)

As we wrote in Chapter 6, education experts have developed any number of lists that attempt to identify the essential skills all modern learners require. Whether we’re referring to Tony Wagner’s (2010) “Seven Survival Skills,” James Lengel’s (2012) six principles of future learning in Education 3.0: Seven Steps to Better Schools, the World Economic Forum’s (2015) “16 Skills for the 21st Century” in the New Vision for Education report, Ian’s personal list (complete with more than fifty pages of categorized and sorted skills), or any of dozens of ...

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