Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

MIKKA KERI A. BALTAZAR Are our stu­dents ready to thrive in the Dig­i­tal Age?

Ev­ery­one is ex­pect­ing our stu­dents to be more than ready, in light of the K to 12 Pro­gram which the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and the na­tional gov­ern­ment had im­ple­mented re­cently.

Our stu­dents, un­der the K-12 cur­ricu­lum, are ex­pected to ac­quire 21st Cen­tury Skills, which are sup­posed to pre­pare them to suc­ceed in to­mor­row’s world.

Schools now should be able to keep up with rapid tech­nol­ogy, re­search, and so­ci­etal changes. We should en­sure that our stu­dents will be ready to thrive in today’s knowl­edge-based, global so­ci­ety.

Ev­ery­one should ac­knowl­edge that 21st cen­tury skills are es­sen­tial to the ed­u­ca­tion of today’s learner. In light of this, schools must em­brace new de­signs for learn­ing based on emerg­ing re­search about how peo­ple learn, ef­fec­tive uses of tech­nol­ogy, and 21st cen­tury skills in the con­text of rig­or­ous aca­demic con­tent.

Have we ac­cepted the fact that yes­ter­day’s ed­u­ca­tion is not suf­fi­cient any­more for today’s learner? We should, as aca­demic ex­cel­lence must be ac­quired within the con­text of today’s tech­no­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment in or­der to fully pre­pare stu­dents to thrive in the Dig­i­tal Age.

Like it or not, today’s chil­dren are grow­ing up in the Dig­i­tal Age, with their view of the world very dif­fer­ent from that of adults. This is be­cause they now have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, peo­ple, and ideas across highly in­ter­ac­tive me­dia.

Now, what stu­dents learn, and when they learn is chang­ing be­cause of glob­al­iza­tion and so­ci­etal change. Re­search in­di­cates that all chil­dren can ex­cel, es­pe­cially when they are im­mersed in mean­ing­ful, chal­leng­ing work (New­mann et al., 2001).

In our mission to trans­form our stu­dents amidst the Dig­i­tal Age, they should be equipped with ba­sic, sci­en­tific, eco­nomic, and tech­no­log­i­cal lit­er­acy as well as vis­ual and in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy. They should also ac­quire mul­ti­cul­tural lit­er­acy and global aware­ness, in­ven­tive think­ing, adapt­abil­ity and man­ag­ing com­plex­ity, self-di­rec­tion, Cu­rios­ity, cre­ativ­ity, and risk tak­ing, and high­erorder think­ing and sound rea­son­ing.

For ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, they must learn about team­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and in­ter­per­sonal skills; per­sonal, so­cial, and civic re­spon­si­bil­ity; and in­ter­ac­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

High pro­duc­tiv­ity is also a must: pri­or­i­tiz­ing, plan­ning, and man­ag­ing for re­sults; ef­fec­tive use of real-world tools; and abil­ity to pro­duce rel­e­vant, high­qual­ity prod­ucts.

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