Golden Generation Montessori School
Parktown - Gauteng

4th Industrial Revolution: Coding Language and Virtual Reality




New technologies are developing with exponential velocity, breadth and depth. The 4th Industrial Revolution will dramatically change the way we relate to one another, live, work, and educate our children. These shifts are enabled by smart technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality, blockchain, the Internet of Things, and automation.
 
Any revolution or change is met with fear and trepidation. Not only is artificial intelligence and automation impacting our daily lives (and what we do to earn a living), but it is also transforming entire industries, how things are made, consumed and even how countries are governed.

This raises the question; what impact will it have on jobs and careers over the next few years or decades? While many of today’s occupations will still exist in the future, they will indefinitely transform, and in many cases, occupational categories will overlap with one another to form new roles. This is already happening and the rate at which it is occurring is expected to accelerate over time. 

According to a World Economic Forum report, here are the 10 skills people will need for the Fourth Industrial Revolution:
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • People Management
  • Coordinating with Others
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Service Orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive Flexibility
Our new generation will become increasingly diverse and analytical in their way of thinking. They will continuously adopt new skills and be more adaptable to frequent changes in the workplace and in their roles, as new job roles start to open up and certain skills become obsolete.
 
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.

What becomes evident is that the education system as we know it needs to be changed. The world’s economy will for a long time need a robust workforce, which means making sure that people are employable, for longer. Re-skilling a workforce regularly during a person’s career will become the norm. Widespread disruption is imminent, and therefore, preparation is key.

Corporate leaders aren’t the only ones who need to consider how to adjust to the new world the 4th Industrial Revolution is ushering in. Educators, schools, government officials, and parents must re-think education and how to prepare the next generation to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities and overcome the challenges enabled by ever-increasing technological change.

We strongly believe our Montessori kids needs to adapt and learn how to use the new technology to enhance existing processes, they are ready to embrace the future and not run away from it. 

The 4th Industrial Revolution will dramatically change the way we relate to one another, live, work, and educate our children. These shifts are enabled by smart technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality, blockchain, the Internet of Things, and automation. These technologies are disrupting every industry across the world at unprecedented speed. For our children to be prepared to engage in a world alongside smart machines, they will need to be educated differently than in the past.
 

CODING  LANGUAGE

There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. First, learning programming empowers kids. Coding puts children in control of the computer and through experimentation builds mastery in sequencing skills, counting, problem solving, logical thinking, cause and effect, and critical thinking.


Learning how to code: what are the key benefits for students?
Research shows that teaching computer coding starting in Kindergarten generates many benefits for students.
Here are some key benefits of learning to code at school:
  •  
  • Increased academic motivation
  • Acquisition of mathematical skills
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Acquisition of computer skills
  • Coding nurtures creative expression.
  • Development of autonomy
  • Coding demystifies technology.
  • Teamwork, collaboration, and mutual assistance
  • Development of critical thinking
  • Improved self-esteem and sense of competence
  • It develops communication skills and resilience.​
  • Development of creativity
  • It teaches problem solving and persistence.
  • Ability to find information
  • Increased resilience in the face of challenges
  • It is a valuable tool in improving abstract thinking.
  • Enhanced reasoning, organization, and planning skills
  • It's fun

Learn to program a computer teaches you how to think.

VIRTUAL  REALITY

Virtual reality can be used to enhance student learning and engagement. VR education can transform the way educational content is delivered; it works on the premise of creating a virtual world — real or imagined — and allows users not only see it but also interact with it.

 

Unparalleled learning experiences, from the safety of the classroom. Virtual Reality provides an unparalleled way to immerse and captivate students of all ages. VR helps students feel immersed in the experience, gripping their imagination in ways not possible with traditional books, pictures or videos.
Virtual reality training is probably most known for its applications in the military, police force, and education. Mostly because it is already widely used for practicing difficult scenarios out on the field, but probably also because it’s most interesting and fun to watch. 

Through the use of digital technology, virtual realities can be designed precisely for human interaction for very specific reasons to create experiences not otherwise possible.
The immersive nature of virtual reality brings depth to educational content by engaging the senses and allowing exploration to a degree that would be difficult to duplicate within the confines of a classroom, making it an ideal catalyst for curiosity and true learning.