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A Brief History of the Future of Education
Learning in the Age of Disruption

Foreword by Steve Wozniak



March 2019 | 192 pages | Corwin

The Future Tense of Teaching in the Digital Age

The digital environment has radically changed how and what students need and want to learn, but have we radically changed how we deliver education? Are educators shifting and adapting or stuck in the traditional That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It world?

In this book, educators will be challenged to take action and adapt to a split-screen classroom--thinking and acting to accommodate today’s learners versus allowing traditional practices by default. Written with a touch of humor and a choose-your-own-adventure approach, the authors built chapters to be skimmed, scoured or searched for interesting, relevant or required material. Readers will be able to jump in where it serves them best.

  • Consider predictions about what learning will look like in the future.
  • Understand and learn to leverage nine core learning attributes of digital generations.
  • Discover ten critical roles educators can embrace to remain relevant in the digital age. 

Keep things simple, concentrate on how learners learn, and change your approach from present to future tense.

 

 
Foreword By Steve Wozniak
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
INTRODUCTION
Why This Book Is Called A Brief History of the Future of Education  
Why Educators Must Adapt  
How 20th Century Mindsets Impede Learning  
Creating a Movement  
How to Approach This Book  
 
1. BEYOND “THAT’S THE WAY WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT”
A Preamble About Five Monkeys  
Why We Do the Things We Do  
TTWWADI and School Mindsets  
Ways to Demonstrate TTWWADI  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
2. WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR OUR STUDENTS
An Old Mindset for the Modern World  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
3. LIFE IN THE AGE OF DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION
How Disruptive Innovation Forces Change  
Skill Sets in the New Global Economy  
What All This Change Means for Education  
Careers in the New Global Economy  
The Purpose of Education in Modern Times  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
4. THE NINE CORE LEARNING ATTRIBUTES OF DIGITAL GENERATIONS
#1 Digital Learners Prefer Receiving Information From Multiple, Hyperlinked Digital Sources  
#2 Digital Learners Prefer Parallel Processing and Multitasking  
#3 Digital Learners Prefer Processing Pictures, Sounds, Color, and Video Before They Process Text  
#4 Digital Learners Prefer to Network and Collaborate Simultaneously With Many Others  
#5 Digital Learners Unconsciously Read Text on a Page or Screen in a Fast Pattern  
#6 Digital Learners Prefer Just-in-Time Learning  
#7 Digital Learners Are Looking for Instant Gratification and Immediate Rewards, as Well as Simultaneously Deferred Gratification and Delayed Rewards  
#8 Digital Learners Are Transfluent Between Digital and Real Worlds  
#9 Digital Learners Prefer Learning That Is Simultaneously Relevant, Active, Instantly Useful, and Fun  
Instruction for the Digital Generations  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
5. HOW TO LOOK BACK TO MOVE FORWARD
Examine the Past to Look to the Future  
Consider the Default Future Versus Taking Action  
The Biggest Challenges for the Future of Education  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
6 LEARNING IN THE YEAR 2038
A Day in the Life of Alice  
Eleven Predictions of Learning in the Year 2038  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
7 NEW SKILLS FOR MODERN TIMES
How We Have It All  
The Eight Essential Skills of Modern Learning  
The Path Forward  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
8 NEW ROLES FOR EDUCATORS
Role #1: Educators Must Be Future-Focused  
Role #2: Educators Must Be Lifelong Learners  
Role #3: Educators Must Be Learning Facilitators, Not Sages on the Stage  
Role #4: Educators Must Be Expert Generalists, Not Specialists  
Role #5: Educators Must Embrace Discovery Learning  
Role #6: Educators Must Enhance Instruction With Real-World Meaning  
Role #7: Educators Must Broaden the Perspective of the Curriculum  
Role #8: Educators Must Be Evaluators of the Level of Thought  
Role #9: Educators Must Teach to the Whole Mind  
Role #10: Educators Must Use Technology as a Learning Tool  
Role #11: Educators Must Be Holistic Evaluators  
Chapter Summary  
Questions to Consider  
 
Epilogue
Where We Begin  
The Committed Sardine  
Questions to Consider  
 
References and Resources
 
Index

This book is exactly what we need so we can prepare the next generation of learners. There is nothing “wrong” with our education system; it’s exactly what we needed to prepare students for success in the 20th century. Ian and Ryan make the case for what’s changed, where the gaps are, what’s being done to address the gaps, and what we all need to do now so that today’s kids, our students, are well equipped to thrive in the world they’ll inherit.

Mitch Weisburgh, Founder
Academic Business Advisors & Games4Ed

A Brief History of the Future of Education is a must-read for anyone concerned with the ways in which all generations engage with the world and each other. The authors are former teachers who have studied and traversed the educational technology journey of the last 15 to 20 years. They understand what is happening in the workforce and how it will affect the definition of school as we know it. The historical perspective provides insight into the decisions that were made in education in the past. A deeper understanding of how schooling has evolved over time serves as a catalyst for thinking more deeply about how we might redesign education. This book provides a vision for education in the future.

Dr. Wendy Drexler, Faculty Lead
Ditital Age Learning & Educational Technology Program, Johns Hopkins University

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