What will the classroom and curriculum of the future look like?

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
July 2nd, 2014

One educator highlights future classrooms and curriculum during ISTE 2014

classroom-curriculumIt’s an interesting question: What will something look like or be able to do 5, 10, or 20 years down the road? Classrooms and curriculum are no different. With education stakeholders calling for reform and a stronger focus on measuring 21st-century skills, classrooms and curriculum must change.

During an ISTE 2014 session, Douglas Kiang, a computer science educator in Hawaii and instructor for EdTechTeacher, sought to identify some of education’s future hallmarks, which, he said, are starting to appear in classrooms today.

One of the most important things to remember is that today’s kids “are part of the Maker generation, the do-it-yourself (DIY) generation, and this is really driving informal learning,” Kiang said.

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3 Responses to “What will the classroom and curriculum of the future look like?”

July 3, 2014

Quoting: “‘We want to allow our kids to explore and to take risks, but you also want to give your kids a map–something that makes them want to do something, and not stand in one place,’ Kiang said.” I of course applaud the exploring and risk taking. But I don’t like the phrase, “give your kids a map” – map is better than instructions but still too much; develop the driving question (aligned with desired standards) and turn them loose!

Absolutely love the last paragraph!!! Should be the subject of teacher workshop – developing implementation options.

    Laura Devaney
    July 3, 2014

    Thank you so much for your comments! I believe what Kiang meant by a “map” is that students should know where they are starting (in terms of knowledge and ability) and should be able to identify a destination–i.e., a loose and flexible “map” that will end in their increased knowledge, and ability to demonstrate such knowledge, by the end of the course. He is a very dynamic speaker and it was a great session. Look for another report on a second session Kiang led, focused on how gaming engages learners, early next week.

July 4, 2014

Good article – but we need more of a “Maker” mentality in current teachers as well as students. Both are comfortable on what Sir Ken Robinson calls “the conveyor belt of factory style education.” Often if you design classes in this many students resist as it calls for more ownership on their part. They simply do not want to do more. But, teachers and administrators are no different. The question needs to be how can we get from our current “here” to there?