Technology, Education, and the Future of Employment

Children are so easily distracted, but put something interesting in front of them and they’ll have your full attention.  I wouldn’t expect it to be any different in a classroom setting.  Thinking about it now, as a young student, my teacher would have the full attention of my class whenever it included computers.  Those lessons were most memorable and fun. So why are many people afraid of technology taking over the classroom setting?  The way I see it, this could transform the employment world.

I recently read that although IT and engineering are first to recover from unemployment, many Americans do not have the required skill sets for these positions. How do we begin to fill these positions or even make sure Americans have the appropriate skills needed? Well, the classroom is a good place to begin changing the scheme of things. It’s probably one of the best places to build interest and skills for technology.  So thank God for Mike Zamansky, a computer coding professor at Stuyvesant High School, who was behind the idea and creation of what will soon be NYC’s first software engineering specialized high school.

Most preparations are starting even with elementary students.  Is there anything wrong with the combination of an 8 year old and a tablet?  Not at all if you ask me.  Teachers are using these items, or the apps that come with them, to grasp student’s attention and create a fun, effective, and memorable learning experience. But beyond that, it’s also prepping a strong generation of technological leaders and innovators.  Why not inspire them while they’re young and help build interest, strong knowledge, and a possible career path in technology. What’s the worst that could happen, closing some gaps in employment in the near future?

Erick Schonfeld, writer for TechCrunch, says,

“I think technology can help lead the way by creating new jobs and redefining employment” Find article here

And needless to say he is absolutely right.  There are endless advantages and opportunities in technology.  So instead of fearing “gadgets” entering the classroom, we should focus on the “possibilities” that the “gadgets” can create.  So let the revolution of technology continue.

 

Writer: Judith Sully: Follow Me on Twitter @JudithSully

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