Second, technology and the future of work, which continues to push educators to think about precisely what emerging technologies mean for education: Artificial intelligence, deep learning and robotics are among the game-changing technologies starting to alter the nature of work and, as a result, workforce demands.
While schools clearly face many hurdles in preparing students with the appropriate skills needed to succeed today, emerging technologies will likely bring even steeper challenges.
Now is the time for educators to seriously consider how technologies on the horizon will impact teaching, learning and the world that awaits students in coming years.
Digital fluency is rapidly emerging as critical for workforce preparedness. Digital citizenship is just as important: Students must understand how to live ethically and responsibly in the digital world.
What Works for K–12 Schools?
The future of K–12 education is already reflected in a number of schools worldwide.
The next reports in the series, 2019 Accelerators and 2019 Tech Enablers, will discuss the thoughtful and intentional use of technology to help schools overcome obstacles and align with larger societal shifts that have the potential to spur positive changes in K–12 education.
Both will be available in the spring and summer of 2019, respectively, and the series will culminate in a comprehensive toolkit to help schools put ideas presented throughout the series into practice. For more information on the series and access to the research, or to download the reports, visit cosn.org/k12innovation.