The future of work is here, and with it, new challenges — so what does this mean for teaching and learning? It means more contribution and young people learning how to make a difference. In our exploration of the #futureofwork, sponsored by eduInnovation and powered by Getting Smart, we dive into what’s happening, what’s coming and how schools might prepare.

Collaboration: Key to Successful Teams and Projects

By Tom Vander Ark and Emily Liebtag. Collaboration is key to successful teams and projects. It is sometimes thought of as a “soft skill” but in high-performance organizations, collaboration is the result of the intentional design of culture, structure, and tools, and the cultivation of individual mindsets and skill sets.

It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition

Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. When it comes to elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. However, as Tom explains, the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth is not like other robotics competitions.

Education as a Benefit: More Companies Support Degree Pathways

A look at the companies developing their organizations while building community by supporting education and degree pathways for their employees.

10 Classroom-Ready Computational Thinking Resources for K-12

By: Dacia Jones. Computational thinking can help prepare the next generation for the future of work. It teaches students to process information like a computer would. It'll guide students through a series of steps, similar to an algorithm, to solve open-ended problems.

How New Models are Preparing Students for the Future of Work

New models are enabling students to acquire practical foundational skills for the future of work—a future that is increasingly distributed, diverse, device-agnostic and asynchronous in nature.
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Robots Won’t Take Away Jobs – But Ineffective Skills Training Might

By: Paul Mumma. In current times, it is more critical than ever to utilize technolgy to improve our learning abilities and create a system of effective, lifelong learning.

Data Point One:  “The Future of Work | OECD Employment Outlook 2019.” Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. https://www.oecd.org/employment/Employment-Outlook-2019-Highlight-EN.pdf

Data Point Two: Bughin, J., Dahlstrom, P., Hazan, E., Lund, S., Subramaniam, A. and Weisinger, A. “Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce” McKinsey Global Institute. 2018. https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/skill-shift-automation-and-the-future-of-the-workforce

Data Point Three: “The Future of Jobs Report 2018.” World Economic Forum. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs_2018.pdf