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7 Survival Skills for Students - Tony Wagner Summarized in Tweets

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Last week I attended the IFC/World Bank international conference on private education – and I’m still inspired by the keynote from Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab. His talk was a great launch to the conference theme, “Rethinking Education – Shaping the Future” …and a great reminder of what’s in store for today’s school-aged youth…

 

Rather than completely reiterate or paraphrase Tony’s keynote, I’ve revisited my notes and crafted below what I would have tweeted, had I not been so spell-bound that I couldn’t type fast enough. So in 140 (or less) characters, here’s what caught my attention:

 

 

Today’s (and Tomorrow’s) World of Work Requires New Skills

 

Work is being transformed; the world doesn't value just what you know, but what you can DO w/what you know - @DrTonyWagner

 

The longer students are in school, the more bored they are; engagement drops to 4/10 in HS - @DrTonyWagner

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: 1) Critical Thinking & Problem Solving; knowing how to ask really good questions - @DrTonyWagner

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: 2) Collaboration across networks & Leading by Influence; a deep appreciation of differences - @DrTonyWagner

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: 3) Agility & Adaptability; "school" is too predictable - @DrTonyWagner

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: 4) Initiative & Entrepreneurialism - @DrTonyWagner

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: 5) effective oral & written Communication; write w/ voice, passion, perspective - @DrTonyWagner

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: 6) Ability to access & analyze information; search, ask, think, apply - @DrTonyWagner

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: 7) Curiosity & Imagination - @DrTonyWagner w/ a nod to @DanielPink

 

7 Survival Skills for Students: there are actually more than 7, eg: the ability to "Just go figure it out" - @DrTonyWagner

 

There’s a Culture Clash Between “Schooling” and “Innovation”

 

The skills needed to succeed in Academia often don't align with the skills for today's jobs - @DrTonyWagner

 

A culture of "schooling" is at odds with a culture of Learning to be an Innovator - @DrTonyWagner

 

Culture Contradictions: Individual Achievement (school) v. Teamwork - @DrTonyWagner

 

Culture Contradictions: Compartmentalized knowledge (school) v. innovation happens at the margins - @DrTonyWagner

 

Culture Contradictions: Passive consumption (school) v. real-time knowledge to solve real problems - @DrTonyWagner

 

Culture Contradictions: Failure is the worst thing that happens (school) v. Innovation demands risk & iteration - @DrTonyWagner

 

Culture Contradictions: Grades for extrinsic motivation (school) v. intrinsic motivation to make a difference - @DrTonyWagner

 

A degree + debt and no job = BArista - @DrTonyWagner

 

 

We Need to Measure What Matters

 

There is a Global Achievement Gap: needed skills v. what is taught and tested - @DrTonyWagner

 

From @OlinCollege (engineering): "We don't talk about grades; we're obsessed with iteration" - @DrTonyWagner

 

From @stanforddschool: "F is the new A" - @DrTonyWagner

 

Assess what matters; use #edtech to amplify (not replace) humans - @DrTonyWagner

 

Assess what matters; use collective human judgment informed by evidence - @DrTonyWagner

 

 

 

Important Implications

 

Of course it’s not just about Tweets and headlines. For those of us in the #edtech world, the implications are clear: It’s not about a better way to do what we’re doing already in a traditional stand-and-deliver classroom and it’s not just about being more efficient with computer-based high-stakes tests. When we do this right, we can use technology in clever ways to provide real-time insights about students’ ideas and misconceptions (what I’ve referred to as “formative assessment on steroids – knowing what your students don’t know right now before the bell rings so you can help them”) – and we can provide all our students with a more powerful, relevant, and successful learning experience.

 

 

For more on Tony Wagner, check out his new book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World or visit his website, www.tonywagner.com. For other (actual) tweets from the conference, search #IFCeducation on Twitter.

 

 

 

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Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
Corporate Affairs
Hewlett-Packard

www.hp.com/livingprogress
Follow me on Twitter @jgvanides

 

Comments
Edward(anon) | ‎04-11-2014 02:02 PM

Thanks Jim

 

I agree, Dr Wagner hits the nail on the head!

 

Our company (social enterprise) offer early learning programmes to train and educate parents or any adult caregiver how best to interact with young children. Our focus is on ensuring that the foundations for wholistic brain architecture are enabled through PLAY.

 

Dr Wagner also spoke this week at LEGO's Idea Conference and concented his PLAY-PASSION-PURPOSE statement. See http://theideaconference.com/#/knowledge-hub.

 

Kindly explore our programmes and consider how we may partner with your company - www.brainboosters.co.za

 

Eddie

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