Teachers Predict the Skills Needed to Stay Relevant in an AI World

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CMRubinWorld's new interview with six internationally recognized teachers whose visionary book presents an innovative blueprint for learning and addresses the moral, ethical and pedagogical questions facing schools globally.

What does the fourth industrial revolution and the extraordinary period of societal change mean for teachers and learning?  How can classrooms equip learners with the competencies, mindset and agency to shape their own lives and contribute to the lives of their communities?

A ground-breaking new book by Armand Doucet, Elisa Guerra, Michael Soskil, Jelmer Evers, Koen Timmers and Nadia Lopez, Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Standing at the Precipice, shares predictions and strategies for an education system that matches the needs of the AI future.

“If we are to realize the peaceful and prosperous vision of the future we desire, a focus on equity through and within our educational systems must be one of our main driving forces,” says Michael Soskil. “We need to embrace a new paradigm: the networked teacher. We need to build our classrooms, schools and educational systems based on the principles of collaboration and trust. We need to be aware as teachers how global forces influence our classrooms. Students need to be invested in what they learn,” notes Jelmer Evers. “Teachers need to evolve from simply delivering traditional knowledge towards designing lessons that develop literacies, competencies and character,” adds Armand Doucet.

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Armand Doucet is an award-winning educator, social entrepreneur and business professional. He received the Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015. He is a Global Teacher Prize finalist. Elisa Guerra was named “Best Educator in Latin America” in 2015. She is the Founder of Colegio Valle de Filadelfia which has 9 campuses in 3 countries. Michael Soskil was Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 and was a Global Teacher Prize finalist. Jelmer Evers is the author of “Flip the System” and “Het Alternatief” (The Alternative). He was nominated for the Global Teacher Prize in 2015 and 2016. Nadia Lopez is the Founding Principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy. She is the author of “Bridge to Brilliance” and a Global Teacher Prize finalist. Koen Timmers is the founder of Project Kakuma and an online school, zelfstudie.com. He is a 2018 Global Teacher Prize finalist.

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century education, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers in education. The Top Global Teacher Bloggers is a monthly series and an important platform through which CMRubinWorld has propagated the voices of the most indispensable people in our learning institutions—teachers.

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