Excursions to the moon, teleporting between classes, face recognition roll call or a school without bell times or walls – the school of the future is only limited by your imagination.
That is the message from the organisers of an exciting new challenge being launched today in the lead up to Education Week 2018.
The inaugural Game Changer Challenge will showcase the theme of this year’s Education Week, Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world, which highlights how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world.
Under the Game Changer Challenge students and teachers will work together and co-design the school of the future.
Based on a 60-second video application, 16 teams from public schools across NSW – eight from primary and eight from secondary – will then be selected to take part in a three-day, intensive design-thinking workshop in Sydney.
The workshop includes teacher training in the use of design thinking as a teaching methodology and its application for school planning.
It will also include a team competition where schools will work under the guidance of industry professionals in fields as diverse as technology, creative design and foreign affairs to design the school of the future.
The challenge winner will be selected after a Shark Tank-style pitch to industry and education experts, including Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott.
Mr Scott encouraged students and teachers to get behind the exciting initiative, which aims to highlight the importance of developing students who can adapt in a changing world.
“We must be preparing today’s students to be citizens in tomorrow’s societies; workers in dramatically reshaped industries; using tools and technology that may still be embryonic or in their infancy,” he said.
“We must equip them to be lifelong learners, with a confidence to embrace change and develop mastery of the new. New skills, like computational thinking, will be important.
“And in the midst of all that, we need to help them to be critical thinkers, with robust ethical frameworks, demonstrating excellent judgement – with resilience to endure and the capacity to reflect. We need to help them become concerned and active citizens.”
Full details of the competition can be found on the Education Week webpage.