February 12, 2020

Can We Future Proof Our Students For the Enormous Change Happening in the Workforce

Change is upon us and it’s happening faster than ever, all thanks to technology. More specifically, a big chunk of that change is attributed to the internet. We live in a time where students can learn new things by simply watching a YouTube video or sign up to a multitude of online courses. Most schools have adopted e-learning platforms because it is such a wonderful way for teachers to teach and students to learn.

Imagine: you are watching the concert of an orchestra of which most of its fellows first learned from YouTube, in a newly-built stadium of an architect who graduated from an E-University. To borrow a statement popular among the younger generation, “Whoa! That escalated quickly!” Indeed it had, and the reality is that the ‘escalation’ is happening at a fast pace in todays work environment.

According to the Future of Jobs Report presented by Till Alexander Leopold and Vesselina Ratcheva (Project Leads in the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the New Economy and Society) during the Annual Meeting of Champions 2018, more and more jobs are getting automated.

We are living in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as coined by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive of the world Economic Forum. Advancements in automation, artificial intelligence, digital technology, will continue to affect the presence of the human workforce across many industries. Just as machine and technology made some jobs obsolete during the first three Industrial Revolutions, the fourth is going to displace far more.

Thus, the question arises:

Can we future proof our students for the enormous change happening in the work force?

With the rate that technology is advancing, edutech is, by logic and default, advancing fast as well. E-learning has become a vital component of some, if not most, of our educational institutions; posing itself as an important cornerstone of our era’s educational technology.

Just as we use e-learning to help our students, we need appropriate teacher tools so our educators could better guide students in navigating the ever-shifting world of technology.

At its core, Visible Internet uses artificial intelligence to observe students’ internet activities helping teachers make recommendations of their use. If the AI recognises content that is getting in the way of students’ learning or impacting their well-being, educators are notified, helping them set boundaries and implement controls.

Understanding the Internet landscape of students requires teacher tools that offer an insight into student’s internet use.