Is Australia embracing Schools of the Future?

The future can be predicted but unknown, where the unimaginable can happen. With all the buzz around the future of work and how robots and artificial intelligence are taking over jobs, isn’t it time we also look into how schools work?

The challenge in education is to develop a framework to shape students’ minds, look out for future trends and approach a culture shift in the way education is delivered.  Across the world, various educational institutions either use traditional ways of teaching or are creating innovative platforms for to share knowledge.

In a recent Sydney Morning Herald article, a Learning Village in Sydney’s North Shore plans to develop an open space, encouraging students to use critical thinking by putting the onus on students to “take responsibility for their learning.”

The modelled village removes traditional architectural structures such as school bells and multiple closed off classrooms. Instead they have been replaced with outdoor ‘camp fire spaces’ where teachers can mentor students and large spaced ‘waterholes or ‘campfires’ for student group collaboration.

The idea is to create a space where students can find a teaching style that caters specifically to them and not pressured to conform to traditional systems which might not inspire them to learn. The education structure also will change and transition from grading years to progression based on learning achievements.

Sydney’s new Learning Village may seem like an ambitious change from traditional educational systems. However, there are institutions around the world who have already implemented these innovative changes with great success.

In the UK an Academy has been utilising innovative teaching methods since 2017. Constructed out of renewable materials, an Academy was built with the aim of “connecting people with the environment and one another”. The space comprised of multiple open areas to encourage creativity, knowledge and social responsibility within students. The purpose was to “take the lid off the classroom” in an attempt to engage students in their own learning, and to encourage exploration and curiosity.

Innovative educational systems are great, but what do they really do for our children? Through a collaborative learning environment, a push towards critical thinking and the onus on students take responsibility for their own learning, transdisciplinary skills can be developed. With the future constantly evolving, so will the need to investigate different ways to teach our future generations. Through transdisciplinary learning, students are no longer just focusing their attention and skills on a few educational areas but are encouraged to be masters of multiple disciplines. A collaborative educational system facilitates learning through other students as well as teachers and the education system. Each student’s view is unique and through sharing these views with each other, students can gain a greater perspective and learn the ability of adaptivity.

Transdisciplinary and innovative education may be the way of the future, but how do you make ensure your child is taking responsibility for their own learning?

Sentral Education is constantly looking towards the future of education and can help you track your child’s achievements and learning goals through the open communication between parents and schools. Review learning tasks and check how your child is collaborating with behavioral updates.

Keep up to date with your child’s learning and more here: www.sentral.com.au