The Future, Rethinking Education and what futurists are saying about it
The Magic of Kids Tech
Who is most adapted to a world of social uncertainty, technological change, and constantly shifting habits and behaviors?
Above all others today, it may be kids. A journey into the unknown is almost a daily experience for kids. Their perception and knowledge of the world is in constant flux. Childhood is a continual negotiation with, and re-perception of, the bounds of reality. New knowledge, new skills, new experience, and perpetual physical transformation is the norm, not the exception for kids.
With touchscreens, simple programming languages, and other lowered barriers for human-computer interaction, kids are poised to gain a high level of technical proficiency. When you combine this access with the resources kids have—time, a highly plastic brain, and the freedom to experiment with new behaviors, interests, and ways of being—it is not hard to imagine a level of empowerment for kids never before seen in human history. Futurists have proposed a coming “singularity,” when machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence, and a new power dynamic re-defines life as we know it. With kids’ technical capacity reaching new levels of sophistication, might we instead see a coming “kidularity,” when the power dynamic between adults and kids are completely re-defined?
The stakes have been raised for understanding kids and their relationship to new technologies. How are technologies shaping the minds and bodies of kids today? How will technologically advanced kids shape the future of society?
These were the questions at the heart of Technology Horizons research report “The Magic of Kids Tech.” To Read this article and the report, click here
The World Is Your Classroom
“The Future of Education Eliminates the Classroom, Because the World is Your Class”
Watch Marina Gorbis’ webinar on the Future of Education with Fast Company’s Futurist Forum.
Marina Gorbis’ article, “The Future of Education Eliminates the Classroom, Because the World is Your Class” featured in both Fast Company Co.Exist and Kurzweil AI.
Online Education Revolutionizing Learning
Khadijah Niazi of Lahore, Pakistan, is an inspirational example of how online education is revolutionizing learning. She was only 10 years old when she first took the Artificial Intelligence online course on Udacity. She managed to finish the course and, the following year, Khadijah completed Udacity’s Physics course with highest distinction, being the youngest ever girl to complete it.
Now, Khadijah is 12-years old, and earlier this month she sat next to Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun, Bill Gates of Microsoft and Larry Summers of Harvard which took place at Davos in conjunction with the World Economic Forum. The discussion aims to show how MOOCs are finding their way to young prodigies around the world and how they are potentially changing the game in educational access. Kahdijah said during the interview, “It’s like a second school for me.” She mentioned her next course she wanted to learn online was Astro Biology and Chemistry.
There is a cohort of “extreme learners” who are the trailblazers of the new learning landscape. For them, it’s not about a particular degree—the process is the product. Extreme learners seek out mentors both online and off who can guide them, helping locate and curate wisdom and resources. In 2013, IFTF convened a small group of these learners to begin to understand their lives, their motivations, the resources they use, and their communities. Results and responses were eye-opening and we created a website—extremelearners.iftf.org—to share their stories. Extreme learners are currently at the fringes of the educational landscape. But they are illuminating the path for the rest of us. What they do, and how they do it, will challenge and reshape the future of education.
HACK-A-THON – Hack Education
Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto think tank hacks the future of education