Having been fortunate enough to be present at the very beginning, I am more than a little proud to share the news that the World Economic Forum has identified iEARN as one of 16 models for future schools in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
There have been thousands of Australian students and teachers that have and continue to contribute to this global achievement.
In the context of job disruption, demand for new skills and increased socioeconomic polarization, primary and secondary school systems have a critical role to play in preparing the global citizens and workforces of the future. Education models must adapt to equip children with the skills to create a more inclusive, cohesive and productive world.
The full report, Schools of the Future, can be downloaded here [PDF].
Eight critical characteristics in learning content and experiences have been identified to define high-quality learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution—“Education 4.0”:
- Global citizenship skills
- Innovation and creativity skills
- Technology skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Personalized and self-paced learning
- Accessible and inclusive learning
- Problem-based and collaborative learning
- Lifelong and student-driven learning
Through a global crowdsourcing campaign, the World Economic Forum identified 16 examples of schools, education programmes and school systems that are paving the way toward Education 4.0, as defined above, based on the uniqueness of their approach, demonstrated impact and geographical diversity. These examples are meant to serve as inspiration for the shift towards a more holistic transformation of education systems globally.
A note from Ed Gragert.
I just wanted to reach out to you (and many more not on the cc list) to acknowledge the role that thousands of people have played over the past 32 years in the creation and development of iEARN.
Thanks to the thousands of teachers who made the idea and network real in their classrooms.
All of you have been an inspiration to me.
Milford Township, PA
- Schools of the Future – World Economic Forum [PDF]
- I*EARN – Melbourne, Twenty Years On!
- I*EARN – 25 Years – Arte-non-Vi
- iEARN International
- iEARN Australia Centre
Historical Links 1988-1996
- I*EARN international “One-World” Teacher’s Conference [Archived Site]
- Student Reports – International Conference 1995 [Archived Site]
- WhaleSong Foundation [Archived site]
- I*EARN Australia Centre [Archived Site]
- Victorian Global Classroom project [Archived Site]