We all know that technology will be in our lives for years to come. But, what does that mean for the future of education? Will the focus of the classroom exclusively be producing lines of code, solving equations, and engineering model buildings? Would a push toward STEM as the prodigal skills for the future remove topics like art, music, reading and writing from the curriculum completely? This has been an argument in educational and political circles for the past nearly two decades. What if we are approaching the future of education wrong; what if it is not about separating or even balancing the worlds of STEM and art, but, rather, joining them together? Should coding become the new storytelling?
In an article first published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) entitled Weaving STEAM curriculum together with storytelling the nature of “plaiting all the STEM disciplines together into one cohesive curriculum” is discussed. The piece acknowledges the weighted influence of STEM education on the current trajectory of education. Even within STEM itself, there is a breakdown of value between the inner disciplines: “Robotics. Coding. 3D printing. Video game design.” How can we create a bridge between STEM disciplines on top of a bridge with the humanities?
“As humans, we’re natural-born storytellers,” the article quotes Amanda Fox, a film, and broadcasting teacher. She argues that through this innate need and love to tell stories we can use both our technology and humanity to reach the curriculum of the future.
Firstly, it is the coders open to the human experience that design, build and craft a truly harmonious experience with technology. “‘[Storytelling] adds a creative spark to the project,’ Fox says. ‘It gives context and situates the design challenge within a story. It connects the learning process and makes it jointed.’”
Secondly, with a level of storytelling implemented into the curriculum, the question then becomes “How does technology make us who we are?”; not, “How should we make technology work for us?”. We must give technology a narrative, a “why”, a mission in order for us to appreciate it beyond being merely a set of skills we learn. Technology without purpose will not propel us into solving the problems of the future. Technology benefits from the human experience just as much as the human experience benefits from technology.
Finally, it will become increasingly necessary that people learn to code at younger ages. The focus should no longer be about being an effective user of technology, but being an innovator of it. To truly innovate in the world of technology you are a dreamer, imaginative; and in touch with your own humanity and the humanity of others.
Overall, these are skills that can only come from the humanities and art. At Computational Thinkers our classes specialize in creating this symbiotic relationship between creativity and technology. We encourage artistic exploration by teaching it through new mediums. Whether creating your own character in our 3D modeling class, learning how to create music with the latest tech or capturing birds-eye beauty with the help of drones, each class is tailored to make you respect and harness technology in all its complexities.
Computational Thinkers strives to teach people of all ages the problem-solving skills necessary to be a lifelong user of technology. It is also our goal to provide you with new avenues to explore who you are and your own creativity through tech.
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