Eighteen years. That’s how long it’s been since the 21st century began. Life has changed dramatically since 2001; Facebook wasn’t even an idea, Steve Jobs wouldn’t announce the iPhone for six more years and the movie Minority Report had yet to introduce the world to the touchscreens of the future. Before we even had an inkling of how rapidly the technology landscape would change, educators, policy makers and parents began to emphasize the need to better prepare our students for the 21st century.
Fast-forward eighteen years and touchscreens are now standard at fast-food restaurants, airports, parking meters and grocery stores. Words like cloud, java, texting and e-sports have new meanings while blog and emoji have become commonplace. Technological changes like these were merely dreams for most people two decades earlier. Which begs the question: How should we prepare 21st century students for the technological changes we can’t anticipate—the technology that will be commonplace 20 years from now?
McDOnald’s Digital Self-Ordering Kiosk
As witnesses to the rapid pace of technological change over the past two decades, it would be shortsighted to only focus on preparing students for “the now.” It is reported that 65% of the jobs our students will have don’t exist yet1. Therefore, we must ensure that we are not only preparing students for today, but also for the remainder of the 21st century and beyond. EVERFI’s digital education partners are doing just that. Innovative companies, organizations and individuals are partnering with EVERFI to bring a forward-thinking digital STEM curriculum to students across North America. As stewards of progress, these organizations are preparing students for the careers of the future by providing educators with the opportunities and resources needed to create lessons that mirror the exponential technological changes and economic realities students will experience.
Our partners leverage EVERFI’s digital learning platform to ensure that today’s students are prepared to enter the future workforce. Together, we are proud to support Digital Learning Day and to celebrate digital education’s crucial role in preparing today’s students for a future still being formed.