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A Brief History of the Future of Education

A Brief History of the Future of Education
Learning in the Age of Disruption

Foreword by Steve Wozniak

January 2019 | 192 pages | Corwin

The Future Tense of Teaching in the Digital Age

The digital environment has radically changed how and what students need and want to learn, but have we radically changed how we deliver education? Are educators shifting and adapting or stuck in the traditional That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It world?

In this book, educators will be challenged to take action and adapt to a split-screen classroom--thinking and acting to accommodate today’s learners versus allowing traditional practices by default. Written with a touch of humor and a choose-your-own-adventure approach, the authors built chapters to be skimmed, scoured or searched for interesting, relevant or required material. Readers will be able to jump in where it serves them best.

  • Consider predictions about what learning will look like in the future.
  • Understand and learn to leverage nine core learning attributes of digital generations.
  • Discover ten critical roles educators can embrace to remain relevant in the digital age. 

Keep things simple, concentrate on how learners learn, and change your approach from present to future tense.


Foreword By Steve Wozniak
About the Authors
Why This Book Is Called A Brief History of the Future of Education

Why Educators Must Adapt

How 20th Century Mindsets Impede Learning

Creating a Movement

How to Approach This Book

A Preamble About Five Monkeys

Why We Do the Things We Do

TTWWADI and School Mindsets

Ways to Demonstrate TTWWADI

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

An Old Mindset for the Modern World

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

How Disruptive Innovation Forces Change

Skill Sets in the New Global Economy

What All This Change Means for Education

Careers in the New Global Economy

The Purpose of Education in Modern Times

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

#1 Digital Learners Prefer Receiving Information From Multiple, Hyperlinked Digital Sources

#2 Digital Learners Prefer Parallel Processing and Multitasking

#3 Digital Learners Prefer Processing Pictures, Sounds, Color, and Video Before They Process Text

#4 Digital Learners Prefer to Network and Collaborate Simultaneously With Many Others

#5 Digital Learners Unconsciously Read Text on a Page or Screen in a Fast Pattern

#6 Digital Learners Prefer Just-in-Time Learning

#7 Digital Learners Are Looking for Instant Gratification and Immediate Rewards, as Well as Simultaneously Deferred Gratification and Delayed Rewards

#8 Digital Learners Are Transfluent Between Digital and Real Worlds

#9 Digital Learners Prefer Learning That Is Simultaneously Relevant, Active, Instantly Useful, and Fun

Instruction for the Digital Generations

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

Examine the Past to Look to the Future

Consider the Default Future Versus Taking Action

The Biggest Challenges for the Future of Education

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

A Day in the Life of Alice

Eleven Predictions of Learning in the Year 2038

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

How We Have It All

The Eight Essential Skills of Modern Learning

The Path Forward

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

Role #1: Educators Must Be Future-Focused

Role #2: Educators Must Be Lifelong Learners

Role #3: Educators Must Be Learning Facilitators, Not Sages on the Stage

Role #4: Educators Must Be Expert Generalists, Not Specialists

Role #5: Educators Must Embrace Discovery Learning

Role #6: Educators Must Enhance Instruction With Real-World Meaning

Role #7: Educators Must Broaden the Perspective of the Curriculum

Role #8: Educators Must Be Evaluators of the Level of Thought

Role #9: Educators Must Teach to the Whole Mind

Role #10: Educators Must Use Technology as a Learning Tool

Role #11: Educators Must Be Holistic Evaluators

Chapter Summary

Questions to Consider

Where We Begin

The Committed Sardine

Questions to Consider

References and Resources

This book is exactly what we need so we can prepare the next generation of learners. There is nothing “wrong” with our education system; it’s exactly what we needed to prepare students for success in the 20th century. Ian and Ryan make the case for what’s changed, where the gaps are, what’s being done to address the gaps, and what we all need to do now so that today’s kids, our students, are well equipped to thrive in the world they’ll inherit.

Mitch Weisburgh, Founder
Academic Business Advisors & Games4Ed

A Brief History of the Future of Education is a must-read for anyone concerned with the ways in which all generations engage with the world and each other. The authors are former teachers who have studied and traversed the educational technology journey of the last 15 to 20 years. They understand what is happening in the workforce and how it will affect the definition of school as we know it. The historical perspective provides insight into the decisions that were made in education in the past. A deeper understanding of how schooling has evolved over time serves as a catalyst for thinking more deeply about how we might redesign education. This book provides a vision for education in the future.

Dr. Wendy Drexler, Faculty Lead
Ditital Age Learning & Educational Technology Program, Johns Hopkins University

I have adopted this book and the students and I really like it. I have just requested the new book by the same authors coming out in Feb. Great work! As a Instructional Technologist and Professor for many years, I truly enjoy the authors' point of view written throughout the text. Wonderful work.

Dr Sandy Pesavento
Education Dept, Marywood University
November 22, 2020

This is a beautiful book, well-organised, with full colour illustrations/photographs. It is well-suited to teachers/practitioners to help them consider and experiment with ideas for future-proofing their teaching.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
November 14, 2019

Ian Jukes

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor, and keynote speaker. He is the director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and online training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations. Over the past 10 years, Jukes has worked with clients in more than 40 countries... More About Author

Ryan L. Schaaf

Ryan Schaaf is the Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a faculty associate for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Graduate Program, with over 15 years in the education field. Before higher education, Ryan was a 3rd-grade public school teacher, instructional leader, curriculum designer, and a technology integration specialist in Howard County, Maryland. In 2007, he was nominated for Howard county and Maryland Teacher of the Year.In the past, Ryan has published several research articles in the New Horizons for Learning and the Canadian Journal of Action Research related to the... More About Author

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