As students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, social and emotional learning, supported by technology, can help build in-demand skills
Social and emotional learning skills can help students succeed in a digital economy, and technology can play a crucial part in establishing a strong social and emotional learning foundation.
According to New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology, a report from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group, social and emotional skills are critical to the future workforce, because this type of learning addresses skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking–all essential skills in the current and future workforce.
These skills, sometimes considered hard to measure or assess, are especially important because many children entering elementary school now will eventually work in jobs that today do not exist. Creative approaches to critical thinking and problem-solving will prove invaluable as jobs continue to evolve and focus on social skills, according to the report.
Technology can help deliver social and emotional learning both efficiently and effectively, the authors assert.
“We see technology as a tool that a parent, educator or caregiver can use to complement and extend the learning experience–especially given the host of emerging technologies that go beyond traditional screens. Technologies such as virtual, augmented and ‘mixed’ reality; robots; video chats on mobile devices; and virtual tutors allow for a much less passive and more interactive experience,” they write in the report.
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