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A Brief History of the Future of Education

A Brief History of the Future of Education
Learning in the Age of Disruption

Foreword by Steve Wozniak

January 2019 | 192 pages | Corwin

The Future Tense of Teaching in the Digital Age

The digital environment has radically changed how and what students need and want to learn, but have we radically changed how we deliver education? Are educators shifting and adapting or stuck in the traditional That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It world?

In this book, educators will be challenged to take action and adapt to a split-screen classroom--thinking and acting to accommodate today’s learners versus allowing traditional practices by default. Written with a touch of humor and a choose-your-own-adventure approach, the authors built chapters to be skimmed, scoured or searched for interesting, relevant or required material. Readers will be able to jump in where it serves them best.

  • Consider predictions about what learning will look like in the future.
  • Understand and learn to leverage nine core learning attributes of digital generations.
  • Discover ten critical roles educators can embrace to remain relevant in the digital age. 

Keep things simple, concentrate on how learners learn, and change your approach from present to future tense.


Why This Book Is Called A Brief History of the Future of Education
Why Educators Must Adapt
How 20th Century Mindsets Impede Learning
Chapter 1
Beyond “That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It”  
Why We Do the Things We Do  
The Mindset of Railways  
Space Travel and Horses’ Backsides  
TTWWADI and School Mindsets  
Schools Needed to Look Just Like the Factory  
Change Is Hard—You Go First!  
Ways to Demonstrate TTWWADI  
The Paper Airplane Airport  
The Rubber Band Activity  
Granny’s Secret Ham Recipe  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 2
What the Future Holds for Our Students  
An Old Mindset for the Modern World  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 3
Life in the Age of Disruptive Innovation  
How Disruptive Innovation Forces Change  
Routine Cognitive Work  
The Global Gig Economy  
The Modern, Automated Workforce  
Skill Sets in the New Global Economy  
The Rising Creative Class  
Education in Modern Times  
What All This Change Means for Education  
The Challenge We Face  
The Attributes of the Modern Learner  
Short-Life Versus Long-Life Skills  
The Dropout Problem  
Careers in the New Global Economy  
The Reality of Lifelong Learning  
The New Digital Divide  
The Purpose of Education in Modern Times  
Chapter 4
The Nine Core Learning Attributes of Digital Generations  
Digital Learners Prefer Receiving Information From Multiple, Hyperlinked Digital Sources  
Digital Learners Prefer Parallel Processing and Multitasking  
Digital Learners Prefer Processing Pictures, Sounds, Color, and Video Before They Process Text  
Digital Learners Prefer to Network and Collaborate Simultaneously With Many Others  
Digital Learners Unconsciously Read Text on a Page or Screen in a Fast Pattern  
Digital Learners Prefer Just-in-Time Learning  
Digital Learners Are Looking for Instant Gratification and Immediate Rewards, as Well as Simultaneously Deferred Gratification and Delayed Rewards  
Digital Learners Are Transfluent Between Digital and Real Worlds  
Digital Learners Prefer Learning That Is Simultaneously Relevant, Active, Instantly Useful, and Fun  
Instruction for the Digital Generations  
Chapter 5
How to Look Back to Move Forward  
Expand Your Thinking Using the Nine Dots Exercise  
Examine the Past to Look to the Future  
Looking Back  
Moving Forward  
Consider the Default Future Versus Taking Action  
Living Life in Split Screen  
Thinking in the Future Tense  
The Biggest Challenges for the Future of Education  
Dealing With Change  
Determining Modern Skills  
Improving Evaluation  
Developing Better Learning Environments  
Establishing Modern-Day Pedagogy  
Chapter 6
Learning in the Year 2038  
A Day in the Life of Alice  
Eleven Predictions of Learning in the Year 2038  
Chapter 7
New Skills for Modern Times  
New Roles for Educators  
Educators Must Be Future Focused  
Educators Must Be Lifelong Learners  
Educators Must Be Learning Facilitators, Not Sages on the Stage  
Educators Must Be Expert Generalists, Not Specialists  
Educators Must Embrace Discovery Learning  
Educators Must Enhance Instruction With Real-World Meaning  
Educators Must Broaden the Perspective of the Curriculum  
Educators Must Be Evaluators of the Level of Thought  
Educators Must Teach to the Whole Mind  
Educators Must Use Technology as a Learning Tool  
Educators Must Be Holistic Evaluators  
Where We Begin  
The Committed Sardine  
Questions to Consider  
References and Resources

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ISBN: 9781544355023