I remember growing up we had one Mac in the classroom and we had to sign up in order to use it. There were no computer labs and there were no computer teachers. And maybe that is why the part of this video that resonates the most with me is that we are training our students for jobs that don't yet exisit. Are we really training them? I prefer to believe that instead of training them we are lighting a fire for knowledge - that we are creating the desire for life long learning. Which leads me to why I have embraced Project Based Learning. Through PBL, we are fostering those 21st century skills for critical thinking and collaboration. We are teaching our students skills to deal with problems we don't know are problems yet. Our role as a teacher can no longer be the sage on the stage but a guide on the journey. This allows for personalized learning that becomes relevant to the student.
With PBL, risks are taken and students learn from failure. If they struggle, they learn skills to overcome the obstacles or to think of new solutions. I am blessed to work in an environment that supports learning in higher ed through calculated risks. And my students constantly teach me new ways to look at problems.
Having seen my students I can confidently say that the future is in good hands. While the video is eye-opening, I can't wait to see the video redone in 20 years. My students are going to leave a mark on this world - and I am so glad I was able to be the tour guide for a small portion of their journey.