Schools or universities can no longer be the same. As you may already know, the technological revolution we are experiencing changes the way we work, buy, relate and learn. At work, it is increasingly common to use of facilities such as the internet of things, robotics, cloud communication and big data. New professions emerge, and processes change constantly. And educators have the challenge to prepare citizens to thrive in this new reality.
The answer starts with raising critical, innovative, restless and entrepreneurial individuals. They must be empathetic, collaborate, know how to work in groups, and be resilient. By adopting paradigms, methodologies and initiatives that contribute to that kind of experience, you will be practicing education 4.0 on your daily routine. But the journey can be easier and richer if you have some skills. Check out five of them below.
In education 4.0, traditional classes, with content transmission exclusively, no longer make sense. Now, the educator can be responsible for the change, thinking of alternatives to build increasingly engaging learning moments that dialogue with students’ reality. A good way of doing so is working with active methodologies such as project based learning and learning-by-doing projects. But, to make sure classes make sense for students, it is necessary to practice creativity constantly, adopting a restless and nonconformist posture.
One of the principles of education 4.0 is to ensure that students have the ability to have a critical attitude towards the reality and the challenges before them. Therefore, it is essential that educators reassess their own educational path and make sure they have ability to think critically. That is, it is important that teachers know to put information and content in context, consider points of view and build arguments empathically and with dialogue.
The classroom of the future puts teacher and student on the same level: one is not above the other. Each one has different experiences that should be appreciated in the classroom. In addition, the internet provides a range of content and information online. Therefore, it is important that the educator takes on the role of mediator rather than acting as the owner of all knowledge. He should organize and mediate debates, deal with conflicts, foster relationships and cooperation and guide students’ research processes. This also requires becoming increasingly flexible.
It is no longer possible to ignore technological innovation when planning your class. It should actually be the other way around: to include in classes, whenever possible, tools and languages that are common in student’s daily life. But you need to be careful with the use of technology. Robotics, programming language, internet and other facilities should make sense in the context of the theme that is being presented and discussed.
Teacher should also be that person who encourages students to always make things different, to be proactive, to be able to find opportunities, besides not being conformed with things the way they are. Therefore, educators must try to be entrepreneurial in their own journeys, investing in continuing education and seeking for a lifelong learning path, driven to education trends.
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