21st century learning at Curro
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:28

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and our world is evolving exponentially. Industries have already benefitted from the previous Digital Revolution in automating processes and are now starting to leverage emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, biotechnology and quantum computing.

This is not just a reality globally, but also for South Africa where both private and government sectors are already rethinking how they do business and run their organisations. This will have a major impact on our workforce, not only changing things for the better, but also compelling us to ensure that our society is equipped with the relevant skills to participate productively.  

Curro ensures that students are prepared for this evolving world when they leave school. This includes academic success and having essential knowledge, as well as skills and attitudes to embrace the unknown and forge a path to being contributing and happy citizens in our country and globally. 

Technology is one of the enabling factors in helping our students to construct knowledge and develop critical skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, complex problem-solving, digital literacy, computational thinking, meta-cognition, motivation, resilience, reflection and empathy.

Although technology now plays a more important role in learning than ever before, the role of the teacher is equally important in ensuring the creation of innovative, 21st century learning opportunities for the development of these skills. There is still a place for pen and paper and other non-technology learning tools, and we don’t expect any of our teachers and students to be using technology for every activity. It should be used when it is the right tool for the job and enhances or provides an opportunity for learning that cannot take place without the technology.

Using technology and incorporating opportunities for the development of skills also does not mean that we exclude what may be viewed as traditional or outdated teaching approaches such as direct instruction – some areas of the curriculum are best covered using this method.

Our teachers are provided with ongoing professional development opportunities to ensure that they are equipped to offer the most inspiring and effective learning opportunities for your children. To create innovative learning interventions, the school plans on leveraging competent teachers and technology to complement the solutions outlined below that we will be using in 2019.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:12