The technological revolution and the new challenges of education might confuse those who are not aware of the innovations. The disruptive and transformative nature of the changes we have been experiencing imposes challenges on the school of the future.


The need to change education is not recent, but it became urgent with the new Brazilian National Common Curriculum Base (BNCC), approved in 2018. It points to a series of new learning goals that can only be achieved if educational institutions change. But do you know how to build the school of the future?


Before you get down to business: what factors should guide the school of the future?

It is nothing new to state that the school of the future needs to detach itself from the traditional model, marked by the transmission of content. However, would it not be irresponsible to see the change as a race, spending time and money on every new thing that comes along?


Therefore, before starting to think about the school of the future, it is necessary to apply that competence that every student of the future must have: self-knowledge. Educational managers need to understand in depth the educational challenges they face, the area where they are placed, the profile of the students and the limitations of their work.


They must also have very well-established learning goals that are shared by the entire pedagogical community. In this way, in the face of so much novelty, it will become easier to understand what may or may not work.


It is also essential to adjust the focus: technology should not be the protagonist of change. Instead, students and their learning process need to be prioritized.


With so many recommendations, you may be able to use all, some, just one or none of the tips listed below. But surely it will be a good way to bring on change, create appropriate solutions and implement the school of the future.


Four ways to build the school of the future

With clear educational goals recognized by everyone, you can invest in the following ideas to create the school of the future:

  1. Maker laboratory: learning by experience, solving real problems, prototyping ideas, leading the path to a teaching process that does not punish error. These are just some of the possibilities of implementing this alternative in the school of the future.
  2. Robotics workshop: the possibilities that technology can provide are the background of this practice, which puts students in contact with a new language. To implement the idea, you can establish partnerships or follow the proposal of teacher Débora Garofalo, who created a robotics workshop with scrap metal.
  3. Immersive experience: do you remember the famous mock juries that stimulate students to learn about a topic and to exercise their argumentation? The idea of immersive experience is to go beyond, creating fictional situations in which each student must play a specific role, as if it was a play, for an entire day or for a longer period of time. The teacher needs to be creative and create situations that engage the students. This can be a chance to strengthen empathy, collaboration and critical thinking.
  4. Elective courses: the school of the future can also be the space in which the student experiences different possibilities and understands which paths connect with his interests. One possibility is to include electives in the school calendar that encourage students to think about their professional future.


Bonus tip: never stay in the comfort zone

Although you already have some ideas in mind, it is also important not to lose sight of the themes that become more prominent and the trends that become stronger. Therefore, invest time to attend fairs, conventions, lectures, summits and other events related to education or technology. Also invest in networking and establishing partnerships. Through them, several barriers can be overcome towards the school of the future.

Since we are talking about the future, what do you think about knowing the ideas of two experts on the subject about the future of education? The ‘futurists’ Tiago Mattos and Jaqueline Weigel comment, in interviews to CER, the impacts of the technology in education, the competences that will be needed in the future, among other subjects.

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