With focus and self-discipline, quality learning will continue. By concentrating less on outcomes and more on how and why, students will understand that knowledge is a process and not something you look up. Those who can navigate change while they balance creativity and leadership will ensure a framework for students to be life long learners.
With technology, we can slip in and out of learning while we are at school; we used to learn at school and live our regular lives outside. While revolutionary for the ingenious learner, technology can represent a multiple challenge for the undisciplined student. Instant knowledge lies at a student’s fingertips and at no intellectual cost. School must guide students to infuse their learning with integrity and self-respect.
Students should know how to identify, filter, assess, and tag data. Without these skills, quality learning does not stand a chance. Students who simply repackage secondary source learning miss the essential critical aspect of education. Schools must coach students out of their safety zones, challenge them to take risks, and lead them to ask more of their social networks. Students who assemble information from the Internet and tag it for later use will enhance the value of that knowledge for themselves. A school that can teach the value and technique of this methodology will see students produce at peak levels.
Correct answers are no longer an adequate gauge of successful schooling. Schools must key expected outcomes to the skills students need to be modern learners. Correct answers are simply the result of an arithmetic logic. With answers already at our fingertips, schools need to teach students how to devise questions, how to state those questions in the complex algorithms that can deliver the complex answers to our complex questions. With Google about to present catalogs of every human thought, schools must accent the how and why.
Learning and leadership are indispensable for change. Leadership in schools will always be about people. Good leaders know both how to add value and how to get out of the way. They manage transparently and are detail oriented in their communication. They are active listeners and keen observers. Change happens around them and they continually evolve the concept of learning. Good leaders reinforce peoples’ motivations and push them to challenge themselves.
The institution of school must teach students the necessary self-discipline to keep them focused on learning. Answers can be copied and pasted. Students who can use information critically will become tomorrow’s leaders. Schools will be assessed on the innovative solutions they inspired and coached students to produce.