Digital Learning and its Impact on the Future
How are educators working to prepare students to be successful? In her second podcast, Mickey Revenaugh, Director, New School Models and co-founder of Connections Education, discusses the future of digital learning and the tremendous potential that innovative models have to change the learning experience at every grade level, world-wide.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
How Students Need to be Prepared in Order to be Successful
Many organizations say that mastery of math, science, language, and literacy is necessary but no longer sufficient for success in the modern global economy. Mickey Revenaugh says that internationally, emerging economies now seek to produce citizens and workers that are capable of doing more than simply following the rules and executing other people’s designs; they want citizens who will instead be able to create new knowledge, products, and innovations.
The U.S. has been seen as the cradle of innovation for the past two centuries, largely because our school culture values creative thinking. Our schools produce entrepreneurs that are making a difference in peoples’ lives. Other countries want to build that same kind of spirit in their education systems, while the U.S. seeks to improve its academic prowess. Every country is trying to figure out how to ensure students master core subjects as well as think about things that don’t exist yet.
The Innovation Mindset
Mickey Revenaugh says that she was inspired by the work of Tom Vander Ark and Carol Dweck. Dr. Dweck has worked on the idea of a growth mindset, in which young people see their capabilities as growing with effort as opposed to being fixed. Revenaugh says that Vander Ark’s work adds two pieces to create an innovative mindset. The first is the maker mindset in which young people apply their knowledge into creating new things. In the U.S., that ties into activities like project-based learning, makerspaces, and creative projects where students are coding, building, and engineering new inventions.
The second is the team mindset, which is the idea of working collaboratively with others, sometimes virtually and across time zones, with individuals that you may never actually meet. With these three components–growth mindset, maker mindset, and team mindset–of the innovation mindset, young people will be well positioned to become the entrepreneurs, inventors, and creative thinkers of our future.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Mickey continue to talk about how digital learning fits into this new innovation philosophy, why today’s young people can be seen as ‘Generation DIY’ when it comes to learning, and how teachers are being trained to help students understand what is required of them.
About Mickey Revenaugh
Mickey Revenaugh is co-founder and executive vice president of Connections Education. She likes to think of herself as an evangelist for the power of high-quality online and blended learning – and a non-stop advocate for learning opportunities for students around the globe.
She serves as chair of the board of directors of iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. For fun she helps her husband run his art school for kids on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and digs in the dirt in her backyard garden in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University, earned an MBA from New York University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College.