Teaching Technology part 2
Information Technology is an excellent opportunity for a country to improve its standard of living. In order to take advantage of technology, they must change their education system because soon many jobs will be automated, and all future jobs will require certain technical skills.
As educators, we have the responsibility to provide a training program so our students can thrive in this technology-driven economy. However, giving students tablets and laptops and teach them programming is NOT enough, we also have to provide a lifelong learning system where people could learn anything that they need at any time.
Technology training is NOT a subject to be taught in college but must happen early in elementary school and high school. The traditional “rote memorization” learning to pass exams must be replaced by an active learning method where students learn skills such as teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving. More than that, each time work gets automated or replaced by a machine, we must re-train workers to learn a new skill so they can continue to lead productive lives.
To shift the current education from the tradition’s passive learning of knowledge to active learning of skills development requires the re-training of all teachers and educators because learning is a continuous process. Everybody should have the ability to learn and adapt to changes instead of just acquiring a set fixed knowledge. In this new dynamic system, teachers’ roles will change from “knowledge transmitting” to “Skills developing” by provide guidance and support the learning of students as they move from “learning to pass tests” to “applying knowledge and continuous learning”.
In this fast-changing world, there is a huge gap between technologically advanced countries and others whose economies are still dominated by light industries and low skill agricultural work. As time goes by, this gap is keeping larger and larger, and without appropriate action to improve their education NOW, their future could be a disaster with high unemployment and a huge deficit.
- Blogs of Prof. John Vu, Carnegie Mellon University