Supporting Students in Becoming Future Ready

 “Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.”
-Miguel de Unamuno writer and philosopher

There is much written in educational journal regarding preparing our students for the future.  Whether it is equipping students with future ready skills OR determining what future ready students look like OR Preparing Our Kids for Jobs that Don’t Exist Yet, at BCS we work hard to create learning experiences in line with the research of “future ready education”.

Related to preparing students for the future, a few months back I wrote about and shared some resources around personalized vs. personal learning.  The article linked above, “future ready skills” describes 9 essential skills to prepare students for an unpredictable future:

  1. Love of Learning
  2. Skill at learning
  3. Self-knowledge
  4. People sense
  5. Communication
  6. Worldliness
  7. Comfort with complexity
  8. Goal setting
  9. Open minds

Which ones make the most sense to you?  Want more on this topic? Below is a short video from the company Dell animating their thinking around Student Centered Learning where students “craft the time, place, path and pace” of their learning with teacher as “co-creator” and “designer”.

And, finally, following is TEDx video where Kenneth Shelton challenges us to use the past to explore how to make students future ready.


3 thoughts on “Supporting Students in Becoming Future Ready

  1. Jordy Whitmer

    Many of the skills mentioned are quite broad. We probably need to think first about what is still the same and what has changed. Then we need to examine what old skills students will need still and what new skills students will need to develop connected to the changes. Finally we will need to figure out if/how we (parents, teachers, society) can help students develop those skills and where they fit in terms of priority since we only have so much time and attention.

    Example – devices, media, social media competing for students attention. Can they develop skills in continuous partial attention and hyperfocus? Can they balance those with mindfullness? Can they develop the metacognitive skills to reflect on the demands for their attention and which are worth their time and which on the other end might actually be detrimental?

    What makes it different?
    – Multimedia
    – Hyperlinking
    – Intertextuality (connected to hyperlinking and collaboration)
    – World Wide Access
    – World Wide Publishing
    – Asynchronous or Synchronous
    – Ubiquity – Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, embeddable chips, internet of things etc.
    – Fabrication Devices – 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.
    – Collaboration
    – Open to Everyone (or at least widely open)
    – Less hierarchical?
    – Outboard brains – memory, organizational structure, searching
    – Tagging
    – Microcontent
    – Amount of content easily available (good, bad, and ugly)
    – Diversity of people/resources available worldwide
    – Agency

    Skills to consider:
    – The art of ignoring what isn’t important
    – Knowing what information needs to be stored in memory, what needs to be stored in your own devices and what can be found on the web.
    – Reading and writing in an intertextual, social, & multimodal world
    – Protecting identity & privacy & Balancing with (free) access
    – What are the new ethics?
    – Sorting the wheat from the chafe, the signal from the noise – filtering
    – Crap Detection
    – Connecting
    – Simplifying
    – Knowing who is a good filterer for your interests/needs & knowing how to access their filtered content
    – Finding guides – people you can trust
    – Being friends with someone you have never “met”
    – How to be co-present – Ito
    – Knowing when to unplug
    – Remixing – a form of creative synthesis
    – Self direction and intrinsic motivation
    – ‘Transliteracy’ by Prof. Sue Thomas of DeMontford University.
    “the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.”

    1. mm31bps Post author

      Thank you for commenting so thoroughly and adding to this notion of “future ready students” with such thought-provoking content/ideas. Loved “the Art of knowing what to ignore” and “Crap Detection”! Makes me wonder if adults are “future ready”. I know I’m continuing to work at it!


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