Louise Robinson the leader of the country’s private girls’ schools today predicted, that a new breed of ‘Star Trek school’ will allow pupils to play video games and learn from their comfort of their homes using web-based lessons and Skype. She believes Britain’s school system is failing to keep up with 21st century technology and must modernise to equip pupils with the skills they will need in future.
Louise Robinson said computer games such as ‘immune attack’ – where players attempt to stop the body being taken over by a virus – could be used to assess factual knowledge as well as decision-making and logical thinking. Seeing a character killed off in a game was ‘not a failure’, she insisted. Pupils learned determination and perseverance as they tried new techniques to overcome the setback, she said.
Schools in future could also teach pupils topics such as Pythagoras’ theorem at home through internet connections and then reinforce them in class, in a reversal of the traditional approach of school-based lessons followed by homework.
Louise Robinson, president of the Girls’ Schools Association, was speaking of her vision of how schools could prepare children for life in the 2020’s. Being a Star Trek fan and ‘techie’ said many technological advances foreshadowed by the cult sci-fi series had already materialised, such as mobile phones, speaking directly to a computer and light sensors.
“We already know we are in a situation where our school-based provision lags behind the technology of the 21st century.”
“The question we must ask ourselves, as education leaders, is what are we going to do about it?”
“We must do more to prepare our pupils for the world as it is and as it will be.”
She outline her plans days after Education Secretary Michael Gove announced plans for a new hi-tech computer science curriculum with the same status as traditional subjects. Pupils as young as seven could be required to learn to ‘code’ or write computer programs.
Mrs Robinson said many of Mr Gove’s other proposed reforms to public exams and the school curriculum were ‘taking us back to a bygone era’. And insisted she was not calling for ‘immediate wholesale change’ but more ‘creative curriculum decisions’. She added that, although schools in the future ‘may have to use avatars or virtual teachers’, teachers will still be needed ‘in some form or other’.
Original source Mail Online