Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Changing Classroom

With our faster internet, I was watching a YouTube video posted on the ACRLog on the changing classroom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC928e629iM
Near the end, it said "we are currently preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet, using technologies that haven't been invented, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet."

I was thinking about it in relation to some of our discussions about whether or not we should be meeting students where they're at. It seems like one of the most important abilities they will need in their futures is a knowledge of how to deal with a changing world of technology. And that will maybe require teaching them different things than we have taught them in the past. Of course, it can be challenging to figure out exactly what those things are, since we don't know exactly what the future will look like! But it seems like flexibility, ingenuity, and being able to figure things out on their own will be important. Although those are hard qualities to necessarily teach...

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