Self driving cars, artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and virtual assistants: Hey, Siri! These are just some of the phenomenal developments we are seeing that are coming to define the current technological revolution.
“The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent… it is disrupting almost every industry.… And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.”
– Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, WEF
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum argues the current technological revolution we have entered will be fundamentally different, not only in the speed of development, but also as it will change who we are, our identity. This is in contrast with previous industrial revolutions which were characterised by improvements in the way we did things resulting in mechanisation, mass production, and automation.
With change there is challenge and opportunity, and lots of questions! What are the impacts on our lives, our decision making, our careers, on business, our culture, on society and on Education. How can we adapt and use these technologies to benefit us and our communities? What jobs will be created to meet the needs of this revolution? What knowledge, skills and characteristics are needed? What must we do to prepare?
As governments, societies, schools and teachers look for answers, themes relating to 21st Century Skills and STEM education are regularly heard and talked about. What are 21st Century skills? What is STEM education? How can they help? Our future posts will share our thoughts about these questions as we look in more depth at 21st Century skills and STEM Education.