21st Century Education Reform


Below is an animation adapted from a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award, explaining why there is a need to change how we teach children.

The need for reform in education has been further fuelled by the fast pace of changing technology, and the momentous impact ITC has had on society, study, work, and play in recent decades.

"The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing." Horizon Report 2011


Below is a video featuring Mark Treadwell, author of "The Perfect Storm,"  explaining the challenges that new technologies  present for modern teaching and learning.

In a world where we can’t predict what will come next, people need to become life-long learners – and teachers need to make changes in the classroom to prepare their students for this.

However, most educators are struggling to keep up with this change.
Common complaints include:  inadequate professional development and learning opportunities for educators; not enough support for struggling and isolated teachers; weak ICT skills and difficulty integrating ICT into lessons; and a resulting high quit rate of new teachers.

Nearly two-thirds of Australian teachers are considering quitting their jobs for a new career – with 51% blaming a lack of support or sense of school community, and feelings of isolation. [ Centre for Marketing Schools Survey , Sydney Morning Herald: "Rookie Teachers Quitting", The Age: "More Teachers but Fewer Staying the Course" ]

As if teachers didn't already have a difficult and stressful enough job  – now they have a steep learning curve to aquire and embed new ICT and pedagogy skills! Most feel ill-equipped to deal with new technology, and particularly how to incorporate it into the National Curriculum.

Educators can't do it alone.

For education reform to occur – as it clearly must -  we have to support teachers as they acquire and deploy new skills, knowledge, and resources, and empower them with the freedom to create 21st Century Classrooms in their schools.

I am pleased to say we have been hearing about outstanding schools, teachers, and initiatives that are breaking new ground in this area – and we will share more about them on this blog. And of course, PLANE is also being developed precisely to address these issues and support teachers on a number of levels.

If you'd like to know more about PLANE and the features that will support teachers, please have a look around this blog, and also share your ideas with us – as it is you we're wanting to help.

4 thoughts on “21st Century Education Reform

  1. I was struggling with computer literacy in the last 3 years because there is no time to sit and browse or learn about what is available. I thought I do not like it . It appears hard and at school no one is really available to spend time with me. I still resist to be driven away due to this revolution in education. It is good to invest some energies to learn skills but let’s not get mad about technology, thinking that it is the only way of acquiring knowledge , skillsand developing a wide horizon because we can access the unaccessable through our computer. I value my education. I come from the old school, I love books and hard copy materials. Now I have more time to learn about tech. It’s useful!

    • Thank you for your honesty Fadia, it's true that learning new ICT skills can be a challenge, especially when you have limited time. You're not the only one to feel this way! Books and hard copy materials certainly still have their place, however a key motivator for educators to upskill in ICT is because they have to be able to teach kids how to use it, as digital literacy is now considered a basic requirement for this generation of children to be able to function in the modern world (as important as knowing how to read, write, and count). When they grow up and try to get a job, pretty much every industry and career role will expect these skills from them.

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, it's fantastic to hear your passion! The first year teaching is definitely the hardest, especially if you are having to move between multiple schools, and we understand the challenge about not having enough time to do everything. I'm so glad it hasn't stopped you from loving your work! Step by step we'll get there :)

  3. I just view the Sir Ken Robinson: Change Paradigms clip above and loved it! How true! The question is – how can we make these changes to benefit our students who are disengaging from school, especially by year 6?? That is the challenge!

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