There’s been an emphasis on the blog lately on technology; from iPods to Raspberry Pi we’ve discussed the role of gadgets and learning tools; and we’ve talked about the importance of joining up syllabus with policy – marrying up educational content with methods of educating using technology.
In focusing on tech it’s easy to miss out on human skills. In preparing today’s students to work in the digital economy outside the school gates, one of Scholaris most important aspects is that it enables collaboration. Whether collaborating one-to-one or one-to-many, and whether through Scholaris learning portal or face-to-face, collaboration is pivotal in enabling two essential human skills to be developed:
- Critical thinking
- Students must be allowed to challenge assumptions, learn to accept those that stand up and reject those that do not
- Team working
- Working with others dynamically and effectively is a skill refined through practice and allows leadership abilities to become established
In any evaluation of the effectiveness of digital technology in education, the key performance indicator is not financial or ‘ROI’ (Return On Investment); nor is it about league table results.
True educational success in the digital age of education is the same as it has been in any other age; it is about students thinking for themselves and working with each other to solve problems – whether on a micro-level in day to day living, or on a macro-scale the problems of a small planet with some big challenges ahead.