What are the top skills for students in the future workplace?
Problem solving, collaboration and digital literacy
Kuala Lumpur | With a focus on transforming learning for a digital future, Microsoft has released new findings from nearly 1000 schools to share challenges and opportunities to optimise technology for the classroom within Asia Pacific. This was the main agenda during the Bett Asia 2016 Summit where leading policymakers, educators, researchers, from across Asia-Pacific gathered in Kuala Lumpur.
What was the biggest factor needed to successfully transform teaching and learning experiences?
In the Microsoft survey, Driving Transformation in Education, respondents shared that that challenges in optimising technology for the classroom cannot be overcome without the support of school leaders and decision makers. Findings indicated that teachers want to be involved when working on strategies and policies as they are the ones executing these strategies.
What was the biggest factor needed to successfully transform teaching and learning experiences? Educator skill sets, and in particular, being trained to optimise technology in the classroom. In fact, 1 in 3 respondents believed that they are currently unable to equip students with the skill sets needed to succeed in the future workplace with their current school curriculum and ways of teaching.
Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft, said “In many schools, there’s a focus on training teachers and readying teachers for use of technology but without a foundation set for the long-term vision of how it can impact their students’ learning outcomes. Creating a strong foundation and casting a vision for how schools can truly improve their students’ learning outcomes, graduation rates and success for the future is the most successful starting point. Technology naturally becomes in service to bringing the vision to fruition.”
At the summit, the most important skills educators ranked as required for students include :-
- problem solving (71%);
- skilled communication (68%);
- collaboration with others (61%);
- digital media literacy (57%); and
- data analytics and visualisation (56%).
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Vice President, Worldwide Education at Microsoft, Anthony Salcito, during his keynote address, Bridging the Next Digital Divide – image courtesy Microsoft
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