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Education gets our vote

With election day upon us, and education being a key subject we’ve decided to take a step back and reflect on the 5 topics we would like to see more of a focus on in the education system:

Art Integration

We’d love to see a shift from STEM to STEAM education in the near future. The emphasis on STEM is essential to meet the needs of our ever-changing economy. But, at Tech Will Save Us we believe that putting the “A” of arts into STEAM best prepares children with the skills they will need to become well-rounded thinkers. The benefits of receiving arts education are far-reaching:

    • Creativity: Having the ability to think creatively and bring fresh ideas to the table is essential for innovation and progress. Art education allows students to express themselves and think outside the box. 
    • Critical Thinking: The ability to think critically is a key skill. When kids are working on an art project, they are stimulated to use logic and problem solving to decide how to best reach their intended outcome. 
    • Collaboration: This is a no-brainer in terms of importance. Being able to work well in a team is important. By working on an art project kids learn to communicate, compromise and share responsibilities. 
    • Cultural Awareness: Art is universal and present in every culture around the world. And it provides a great platform to get kids involved and aware of the many different cultures they, socioeconomic levels, and current events.
    • Confidence: The feeling of accomplishment that comes from finishing a project encourages kids to strive to accomplish more, making them more likely to take risks (healthy risks!) and step out of their comfort zone.

Focus on early tech education

We strongly believe tech education should begin early.  Our children continue to be exposed to technology earlier and earlier in their lives as tech innovation accelerates. 

That’s why ensuring our kids are not just passive consumers but active, knowledgable users & creators of technology is more important than ever before. 

It’s great that kids are introduced to concepts such as algorithms in KS1. However, coding should be introduced to them at the same stage so they have an even clearer idea of how the tech around them works. And of course, these concepts should be adapted to the minds of a 5-6-year-olds –  which can be easily done through dedicated EdTech products

For example, we designed our newest product, the Arcade Coder, to be easily used and understood by 6-year-olds. Kids will learn the basics of block-coding, game design, and animation through step-by-step tutorials and hands-on play!

Encourage kids to talk about current affairs

Kids will “inherit” the world from us, and they should have a voice and an understanding of the issues we have as a society right now. 

From television to online media, kids are constantly exposed to news and current affairs. We’d love to see more initiative to create and promote spaces where kids can discuss and understand the issues they hear about. 

Talking about current affairs encourages kids to develop their sense of agency in relation to the world, by making them aware that they have a voice and can make a difference. Plus, debating social issues such as climate change or social media offers a fresh and creative perspective on the subject.

To help instill a sense of agency in kids regarding their future, we have designed the Future Inventors club. A monthly subscription club that not only teaches kids about future tech like AI and Wearables, but also encourages them to make it themselves!

Responsible and Informed Use of Social Media & the Internet

Despite all of the benefits social media has brought to the table over the years: connectivity, easy access to information and encouraging free speech, we have also become more and more aware of its disadvantages as the side-effects become clearer. 

The most recent official statistics on mental health in England, published by NHS Digital, found that 11-to-19-year-olds with a mental health problem were more likely to use social media every day than those without. The same study showed that girls that were using social media daily were more likely to compare themselves to others. 

When using social media, you get a dopamine hit every time you get a like, comment or share. It’s essential to dedicate resources to help kids understand the impact that social media impacts their brains, health and lives.

We could talk about this all day long, however, we will leave links to articles and research papers below if you are curious to learn more. 

Focus on Collaborative Learning

Collaboration is essential in work environments and society as a whole.

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge hackathon, Kickstarter, open-plan offices and carpool are just a few examples of how the world is collaborating. We have the technology to communicate more openly than ever before. It’s time for education to properly join the party. 

Through collaborative learning, students make individual progress in tandem with others, working towards a common goal. They learn to be accountable for their share of the work, to understand and anticipate differences and learn how to manage and use it to their advantage. 

In addition, studies have shown that schools using collaborative learning have seen improvements in student performance, an increase in the pupils’ confidence and improved psychological health.

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To us, the above 5 points are the first step to making sure that education is relevant to our 21st-century society and will continue to adapt to the ever-changing, ever-evolving technological world we find ourselves in. What do you think? Which point is the most important to you? What else would you like to see implemented? 

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