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Are we ready for tomorrow’s jobs?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Suppose we are living in 2020, reading job offers. The companies are looking for Avatar designer, Urban agricultural, Seed capitalist, Longevity consultant, Digital life manager, Cyber security officer, 3D Food Printers. Do these professions seem familiar to you?Probably not. But they will be available in the near future and today’s children will profess them. The question is: how do we train them for tomorrow?

In the physics Lab of Grigore Moisil National College from Bucharest five adolescents from twelfth grade are working at building two robots they will present in a national contest. It is an image less usual especially for they come during weekends when they could have done something else. However they come and work alongside their teacher Mihaela Garabet, Phd in Physics, a teacher that many students would like to have, whom knew how to pass on her student the passion for research.

The kids are preparing for Robotics Olympiad and they need 3 Lego robots kits that cost 1,000 euro, an amount they do not have. But they are not worried about that even though the success in a competition is given also by the investments. Until they can find a sponsor – maybe someone passionate about physics, robotics – the adolescents calibrate very carefully light and color sensors at their disposal and talk to each other in a language that would need translation for a novice. Andrei Mihăilescu, Răzvan David, Leonard Lupu, Andrei Antonescu and Tami Gheorghe have learned to collaborate as a team, to discover and to research alongside a gifted teacher from an elite high school. They are trained anytime for any job the future will provide. 

What will you be doing in 2020?

We are moving fast in a busy world in which unforeseen opportunities appear. What we do know about tomorrow is that will be different. 91% from Internet uploads are videos. Facebook is the third country in the world, each hour are sold 4,000 smartphones that give people access to information, each day 2 billion questions are being asked on Google – this is the dynamic in which we are living in. 65% of the jobs available in 2020 do not exist today so we have to train our children for jobs that were not invented yet in order to solve problems that do not exist today with technologies that were not yet developed”, said professor Radu Jugureanu, AeL eContent department Director, SIVECO Romania.

Still, something is changing. If several years ago we didn’t know what eLearning means, now we hear this word more often. ”eLearning is a process, a product actually. Most of us see the technology only but behind it there are processes, people and a specific academic culture”, said prof. Jugureanu. Education is changing, it is modernizing, for technology impact cannot be ignored. Starting this year children that will practice tomorrow jobs will learn from new manuals enhanced with digital version. It is a different learning process, focused on creativity and collaboration. The learning paradigm is changing. ”To know, to understand, to apply, to integrate, to evaluate – this is learning”, says professor Jugureanu, the man leading the only team in the world that registered unprecedented performance.

His team of programmers – young, skillful and ambitious people – was awarded at a top competition, known in the entire world - World Summit Award in 2005 and 2013. First time for the best educational content and the second time for an educational project developped for schools with special needs students. The professor stood alongside disabled children for six months to understand their needs. ”It was an extraordinary experience! We are proud of The fact that we were able to help them.We developed alongside a whole team – psihopedagogy researchers, professors, speech therapists, programmers, web, educational experts – lessons they were able to understand and that managed to attract them”.

Presently, with the same winning team, professor Jugureanu goes further. Digital manuals represent the next step, a project that promise to gather new awards. 

New learning method for children born in digital decade

Digital manuals bring new challenges. There is no fragmentation in the learning process but the child’s dipping in books’ story. These digital manuals will be available on manualplusdigital.ro, a recently launched site, reunited in Modern Teacher Club (www.manualplusdigital.ro). Printed manuals enhanced with digital versions, as well as exercise books that potentiate learning, will make school more appealing. The teams from Litera Publishing House and SIVECO Romania, whom developed this major project, are convinced that teachers, parents and children will welcome them for they bring gaming in education process.

Appealing is also the learning based on 3D Immersive system, a virtual reality innovative system that allows users to interact with 3D objects with the support of an interactive pen that can practically replace any tool from the real world. Images are projected in an open space.

A tablet as large as a table brings together children in an original project. Based on their knowledge in physics, chemistry, and mathematics they can build a virtual city. This is not a project to be developed in an hour; it is a project to be developed in weeks, months in which period children build something together. For this purpose larger, multi-touch screens are available that allow children to interact with real and virtual objects. Multi-touch collaborative learning system is already implemented in Romania and it is the most awarded Romanian project – it received the golden medal at the International Project Management Awards, at eLearning Awards for creativity and many other international awards. ”Multi-touch project aims to change the paradigm of an education process based on competitive concurrency, exactly what we do presently when we score children. In the modern world we want to have collaboration not competition”, added prof. Radu Jugureanu.

eLearning, eContent, digital manuals, Multi- touch, 3D Immersive – these are the word that a few years ago we did not even frame. But presently they are part of the vocabulary of the children that are training today for tomorrow’s jobs.