Inspiring and de­vel­op­ing the tech­nol­o­gists of to­mor­row

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - BOARDING SCHOOL FEATURE -

THE say­ing goes that we are teach­ing chil­dren for a fu­ture that does not yet ex­ist, and for jobs that are yet to be cre­ated.

What a thought!

But con­sider this: a mere 10 years ago jobs such as ‘so­cial me­dia man­ager’ and ‘mo­bile app de­vel­oper’ did not ex­ist, and it is clear this trend of emerg­ing jobs is show­ing no signs of chang­ing any time soon.

The chal­lenge for schools is ap­par­ent.

We need to pre­pare our young peo­ple for jobs that may seem fan­tas­ti­cal at this stage.

At Clay­field Col­lege, our vi­sion of how to teach our young peo­ple is clear; we need to de­liver a com­pre­hen­sive and con­fi­dent cur­ricu­lum that in­spires our stu­dents to think cre­atively and in­no­va­tively.

We need to pre­pare our young peo­ple for a world that we can only imag­ine.

At Clay­field Col­lege, we be­lieve in more than just teach­ing stu­dents how to code or pro­gram, and our cur­ricu­lum across the col­lege in tech­nol­ogy re­flects this.

Our fo­cus in­stead is on teach­ing our young peo­ple the im­por­tance of how to think com­pu­ta­tion­ally and log­i­cally.

This means be­ing able to de­com­pose a prob­lem, and then put to­gether a set of steps to solve that prob­lem, with con­fi­dence, creativ­ity and tech­ni­cal lit­er­acy.

These are the real skills we want to fo­cus on pro­mot­ing with our stu­dents. These are the skills that tra­verse all sub­jects, and are highly sought af­ter by busi­nesses in the work­ing world.

Young peo­ple who can do this surely hold the key to power in the fu­ture, as they are the en­trepreneurs and risk tak­ers of to­mor­row.

To find out more about the fields of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, arts and maths in the Clay­field class­room, visit www.clay­field.qld.edu.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HANDS ON: Stu­dents learn ro­bot­ics at Clay­field Col­lege.

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