NEW YORK – June 15, 2015 – In just 15 years, it is predicted that more than two billion jobs will disappear, as robots and automation will make many traditional careers obsolete. In fact, according to the World Bank, estimates indicate that only one in five of today’s elementary students will find a job that exists today. At ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, June 28-July 1, Pearson will explore the ways that learning must change to ensure that Generation Alpha—kids born after 2010—and the generations that follow are prepared to succeed in a world that we may not have yet imagined.
“A decade ago we never would have dreamt that someone would have a career as a social media strategist or an app developer,” said Alfred Binford, managing director, Pearson North America. “To ensure today’s learners are prepared for new kinds of opportunities, we must think about learning and teaching in new ways. As a member of the Pearson team and a father of three sons, I look forward to engaging in this conversation with educators from around the world.”
Jobs of the future and the skills necessary to succeed in them are the topic of a panel discussion, Reimagining Learning to Prepare Today’s Students for the Jobs of the Future, moderated by Binford at ISTE 2015 on Tuesday, June 30, from 4-5 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 201. Representing a broad range of voices in education, the panelists will discuss the new paths that learners around the world are following as they prepare for future careers that push the boundaries of our imaginations in 2015.
The panelists who will explore the ways to best prepare students for these jobs of the future include: Fran Newberg, Ed.D., deputy chief, Office of Educational Technology, School District of Philadelphia; Jeff Pence, seventh-grade English language arts teacher, Dean Rusk Middle School, Canton, Georgia; Greg Toppo, education reporter, USA Today, and author, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter; Lisa Maurer, design research manager, Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network, Center for Product Design Research and Efficacy and manager, Kids CoLab; Briana Jamerson, sixth-grade student, Riggs Elementary, Chandler, Arizona and Kids CoLab team member; and Mickey Revenaugh, director, New School Models, Pearson and co-founder and executive vice president, Connections Education.
In addition, Pearson researcher Maurer and Mona Leigh Guha of the University of Maryland's iSchool and Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) will be joined by Kids CoLab team members for a poster session,Learners at the Center: Kids Co-Design Educational Solutions, on Monday, June 29, 2-4 pm. Kids CoLab is a team of students who collaborate with Pearson developers to create real world applications for learning. In the poster session, ISTE attendees will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Kids CoLab kids and learn simple ways to integrate cooperative inquiry techniques into learning and teaching.
Pearson will also take the pulse of ISTE attendees on the trends impacting the future of learning with a short online poll. The four-question poll will explore the trends having greatest impact on learning today; the skills that are most critical for preparing students for the careers of the future; and the new courses that should become requisite for high school graduation. Finally, poll participants will be asked to predict the most popular jobs in the year 2030. Poll results will be updated in real-time throughout the conference at PearsonEd.com/ISTE.
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