Educational experts throughout the country agree that the U.S. education system does not sufficiently prepare children for the workplace of the future. The biggest factor in this rapidly widening gap between a child’s academic experience and subsequent employment success? Technology.
Yes, speed-of-light changes in technology have delivered several significant advantages to the global workforce, including:
- Increased affluence
- Optimized operational efficiencies
- Enhanced productivity
- Improved consumer intelligence
However, despite the numerous benefits, incessantly evolving technology also yields several unique challenges, both to the current and future talent pool. A World Economic Forum report illustrates that today’s most in-demand jobs and specialties did not exist just 5-10 years ago. It’s a trend that’s expected to consistently gain momentum over the next decade, making it virtually impossible to adequately prepare school-aged children for what will await them with their first job. The same World Economic Forum report estimates that as many as two-thirds of children entering primary school today will not have the skills required to get a job by the time they finish their education. Why? Because their future jobs don’t exist yet.
Other Educational Factors Hindering Future Job Preparedness
Technology alone isn’t the only factor preventing U.S. kids from realizing their full academic potential. Studies and statistics also indicate that, as students get older, they are far more likely to become less engaged in school and learning-related activities, such as reading, for a myriad of reasons. Loss of interest, lack of concentration, not feeling challenged, and peer pressure are just some of the many reasons why kids become disengaged at school as they age, leaving them unprepared and at a disadvantage when they join the workforce.
The curriculum itself can also impact students’ employment readiness. Public schools in high-income districts, as well as many private schools, often offer activities and coursework that teaches vital professional skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. However, children from middle- and lower-income backgrounds often do not have access to these schools or their resources. Even with these specialized programs many experts still believe that many well-ranked public and private schools do not provide sufficient hands-on learning experiences to properly develop these skills at an early age.
The Impact Of Project-Based Learning On Student Motivation
One possible solution to the potential lack of preparedness in our future job pool is project-based learning. Project-based learning is a results-driven educational approach that has been known to increase student motivation and engagement as well as effectively develop critical 21st-century skills. While project-based learning, by nature, does not require the use of technology, leveraging innovation within this learning model can optimize benefits and drive the academic experience in several key ways:
Automates Data Intelligence
A technology-based platform automates data capture, storage, and tracking, making it easier to monitor student progress as well as assess areas of strength and weakness. Additionally, the system provides a centralized location for materials and assignment management. Throughout project progression, algorithms and data intelligence can showcase various capabilities and promote a more personalized, overall student engagement.
Web-based tools and mobile devices expedite student collaborations on a global scale. Digital peer collaboration not only reinforces how to work in teams, but also helps students develop critical communication skills and enriches the entire project experience, from start to finish. Utilizing a shared platform allows students working in teams to quickly access the same information as well as view and contribute to each other’s work in virtual real-time.
Human behavior is highly influenced by incentives…and often in very predictable ways. The basic “law of behavior” implies a direct correlation between the perceived value of an incentive and effort and performance levels. Technology-based platforms gauge and track the performance of various incentives and corresponding impact on behavior. In short, a digital application allows educators to determine which incentives get the biggest response from students and which motivators miss the mark. Continuously testing various incentives – recognition, prizes, monetary rewards, and experiences – helps teachers quickly pinpoint what works best for an individual student or student group and help their learners achieve their highest academic potential.
Good Byte Ventures Develops Project-Based Learning Platform
At Good Byte Ventures, we believe in the power of the project-based learning platform. That’s why we decided to design, develop, and build our own digital learning solution, ProGetter. ProGetter offers students online access to projects, curriculums, and learning experiences based on real-world careers submitted and reviewed by qualified industry professionals. To learn more about our product or to gain early access, sign up for our newsletter here: https://goodbyteventures.com/pro-getter.