How To Innovate In Education?

Innovation in education can take lots of forms, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, or partnering with the local community. Education may not always be thought of as an innovative sector but as schools increasingly look to relieve budgetary burdens and provide inspirational education experiences, a new breed of innovative social enterprises are emerging that can help on both counts.

With the rise of the internet, it seemed like education was on the cusp of a complete revolution. Today, though, you would be excused for not seeing much of a difference between the way we learn and how we did so twenty years ago.

The next wave of education innovation won’t come from dumping technology on the problem. Instead, it will come from deeply engaging with people and empowering them to make learning all their own.

One interesting change in mentality coming from this new wave is a more mature view about what to do with the infrastructure of learning we already have. One interesting change coming to universities is simply that the timeframe of degree programs won’t be as fixed as they are today.

Also, seems clear that the fusion of online and offline learning is going to be at the core of improving education. Humans are social creatures, and placing them in front of a laptop and hoping that they are just going to soak up the knowledge is often asking too much.

At the same time though, we need to be shifting our culture about what the ideal form of education might be. Academic knowledge needs to be complemented with practical learning, a mix that can be customized to each student’s needs.

Personalized learning is a good example. It consists of a form of education that uses technology to empower students to guide their own instruction. It is one of the most effective ways to teach kids. Even though kids guide their own learning, teachers still play a vital role. By taking an active role in their education kids learn responsibility and self-reliance.

The disruptions happening throughout education more generally afford us an opportunity to revisit how we cultivate children's learning and futures—and hopefully allow us to do it in a way that is even better, given what we now know today.

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