Did you know the top ten in demand jobs in 2013 didn't exist in 2004? Did you know there are 31 billion searches on Google each month? In 2006, there were 2.7 billion Google searches each month.
The exponential growth of technology and demand for information is changing the way students in today's world are learning. As you can see in this video
, the world we live in is rapidly changing. Note that the video is already five years old. How do we prepare students for jobs that don't exist yet? Top companies in the world, like those in the Fortune 500, will tell you that they need employees who are creative thinkers, problem solvers and life-long learners.
So what are we doing to prepare our students? What does the future of learning look like for our students in District 200? Over the past two years, the District has developed and finalized a set of best practices in instruction - the Future of Instruction & Technology (FIT)
Our learning environments should enable learners to access, synthesize and share knowledge while collaborating and creating anytime, anywhere. Student experiences are designed to foster critical thinking, parallel real-world situations and meet individual needs of learners as they develop mastery of standards. This year, administration is working with teachers to ensure our learning environments encourage collaboration, creation and standards mastery. What does that really mean?
Teachers are changing the way they teach. In math classes, a portion of each class is devoted to structured group "math talk." In science, students are building engineering prototypes but they discover 'how' to build the prototype as a group. In reading, there is time each day devoted to discussion in groups about the text. Students are collaborating and learning from each other, not just from the teacher.
Teachers are using technology to engage students. Not only does technology allow teachers to differentiate instruction so that learning is personalized, but technology also allows teachers to always know a student's level of mastery in a particular area to make sure that all students are supported and challenged.
District 200 is utilizing FIT when planning professional development for staff, increasing access to technology and facilities master planning. In the coming weeks, look for follow-up stories that detail how we are putting FIT into action!