What is the Next Big Thing ?

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Around 1980, Bill Gates gave Microsoft, the company he founded, a clear mission: “A computer on every desk and in every home

Today, Microsoft is now valued at $753 billion and it is in, almost, if not every home. Little wonder it is said that those who not despise the possibility of tomorrow will live to witness it.

Moreso Unarguably, today Technology is transforming how we live, work, play and think. And it’s happening more quickly, and on a larger scale, than at any point in human history and the educational sector isn’t left out.

Education needs to equip today’s young people with the skills to thrive in tomorrow’s world. Even if we don’t know what it looks like yet.

According to the World Economic Forum, “Half of today’s work activities could be automated by 2055.” Less than 5% of occupations can be automated completely, but 60% could see 30% of their constituent activities automated.

This is a very different world to the one our schools and universities were designed to serve. Formal education came into being around the time of the first Industrial Revolution, and early schools were less about improving children’s minds than producing a punctual, obedient workforce for the new factories. As a conveyor belt for sorting, training and disciplining future workers, they were a kind of factory themselves.

This “industrial classroom” is no longer fit for purpose, argues educationalist Erica McWilliam.

On May 31, 2019, Peter Oloje gave Valborg Selma, the company he founded, a clear mission: “Smartdigiskills app on every smartphone and in every home”

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This vision is not unconnected with many valid propositions and inferences.

One is that, with a world of readily searchable knowledge at our fingertips, we don’t need to memorize facts any more. In fact, many things we traditionally learned at school might start to feel a little pointless in the digital age: handwriting, the rules of spelling and grammar, foreign languages.

But we will need new skills to help us manage the formidable tools at our disposal. We need to know how to interpret search results, critically assess the quality and veracity of information and make ethical judgements about how to use it, and we’ll need to think creatively to come up with solutions to increasingly complex global problems.

Also, in the future, work will be structured and systemize.

That’s an important trend in education too. “Active” or “problem-based” learning seeks to engage students’ natural curiosity, rather than simply presenting them with information.

Attesting to above inferences , Educationalist Erica McWilliam has characterized a shift from the teacher as the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side” to the “meddler in the middle”. The meddler in the middle learns alongside students, challenging them to expand their horizons.

Are you ready for what is next in the education industry? Yes! Smartdigiskills is here to change the face of education.


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