It’s commonplace to be impressed when we hear of excellent test scores and educational backgrounds from top institutes, no matter the type of degree or accolades. However, preparing our kids with test-taking strategies and admission into the best universities is not enough–and will be an extinct ideology with the changing demands of society and global economy.

We need to begin preparing the next generation of learners with appropriate tools and digital literacy to thrive in the Digital Age–and this can be done even if schools are physically closed during a pandemic. So, what should we do to ensure our kids are not operating at a disadvantage?

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1. Stress the importance of coding and basic technology application skills. In today’s world, the “mother tongue”—or, better said, the “lingua franca”–is found in coding and basic tech skills needed to communicate with the devices in the Internet of Things. Any child not equipped to speak this new language of coding will be lost, as if they were in a foreign culture with no cultural language skills.

About the Author:

Stephan Turnipseed is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Pitsco Education. Stephan brings a lifetime of experience as an educational thought leader, advocate of hands-on learning, and entrepreneur. Previously, he served as president of LEGO® Education North America, led the team at Destination Imagination, and chaired the Partnership for 21st Century Learning among many organizations and think tanks, including Education Reimagined and the Learning Policy Institute.