Future Nation Schools looked at education trends and noticed that South African students, along with the rest of the world, need to prepare for the demands that come with the fourth industrial revolution.
The education system can no longer ignore the demands of a world using advanced technologies which include artificial intelligence, robotics and driverless cars.
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says the Department is aware of this and has been engaging with international and local experts on the implications of the fourth industrial revolution on education.
Some of the sentiments that come with technology readiness in the class:
- young people are optimistic about challenges in the future
- developing nations are more confident in their readiness for the future than developed ones
- technological skills correlate with young people’s confidence in their future careers
- flexible skills and soft skills will be prerequisites for future careers
It’s clear that using technology in the classroom has its benefits. But considering the struggles that South Africa faces with access to internet and resources, the tried and tested chalk and board method is no longer logical as students are being more collaborative in their learning methods.
Technology in the classroom can be seen as a step in a positive direction because technology is seen to motivate students to study by making it more fun and interactive. It also prepares students for a future when technology will be the only thing that we know. The youth of today are very pro technology and using technology in the classroom, allows students to better connect to their study material.
Future Nation Schools plays a pioneering role at the primary school level in introducing and using technology to aid and strengthen learning, and has introduced technology as a tool for playing, learning and experimentation in junior primary school. This is expanded to research, analysis and communication in the senior primary school.
In the Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 to 6) Future Nation Schools will pioneer elements of computer programming and blended learning, standardising the learning experience of all of their students
People are already using technology in everyday life, and for that reason Future Nation Schools has also found it relevant to include in their day-to-day schooling.