I spent yesterday at a full day conference put on by ADVIS featuring Marc Prensky. I’ve been reading his stuff for years but had never heard him. It was a very thought-provoking day. And I mean that in the best way possible. In fact, it provoked so many thoughts that I will probably be writing about it off and on for a while.
So here’s the first. He said we live in an era of VUCA — Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. End result = Chaos. Then factor in accelerating change, which is more than rapid change. The speed of change isn’t just fast, it’s getting faster. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t “get” this. The question for us as educators is, “What now?” How do we prepare our students for their future?
The second point he made that struck me was that, because of modern technology, we now have augmented intelligence, or as he called it, an “extended brain”. We have at our fingertips a world of knowledge, and it’s getting easier and easier to access (thanks, Siri!). So what does this mean for education? He seemed to feel that everything is now up for reconsideration. I’m not so sure. But it is time (past time, really) to start having these conversations as educators.