Yes, again we are going to be talking about 21st-century skills. Although, this time we’d like to explore a different area of skills and abilities you most likely haven’t heard about, or at least, about how important they’ll be in the years to come.
Most people speak -only- about critical thinking, algorithmic thinking, and analytical thinking. But if we truly believe that we do live in the 4th industrial revolution and that Vygotsky was totally right when defining education as a process of social interaction, there is a series of skills your children and students will have to strengthen if their goal is to succeed in the near future.
Recent researches show that skills related to emotional intelligence will be highly required by employers in the years to come. Therefore, we want to introduce you to these 3 abilities we deeply suggest you take into consideration: Empathy, social skills, and teamwork.
Empathy: A 21st Century Ability Kids Have To Master!
Empathy is a transcendental skill nowadays. Hierarchies in society are becoming every day a bit more horizontal, and the need for people who know how to treat others with respect and understanding is more relevant than ever.
Practicing empathy can strengthen your students’ creativity when they program a robot, or when they code their very own apps and games. Why? Because they’ll better understand the needs of the others (the users), which at the end of the day, is the most important thing.
In a world where robotics will replace millions of humans in their jobs by 2030, a human-centered skill is not only relevant but also required.
We know we are living in a world that demands this, and other social skills from all professionals, regardless of the industry they work at. Critical thinking, empathy, and teamwork are soft skills that, as we mentioned before, almost every employer will require from candidates in the near future, and those candidates are your students.
Learning how to code, and how to code their very own virtual robot, will enable your class to explore these areas of programming too. Research, tests, focus groups, and therefore, empathy, will become part of their coding process.
Social skills: Understanding the importance of people!
Before we get deep into the importance of teamwork, we need to be transparent and honest with you, and with the rest of our readers: The focus should be on people. Social interaction is a fundamental part of all educational processes, and the way we interact with each other and with the world is or should be, a fundamental part of our students’ training.
Practicing their social abilities can enable your students to strengthen their presentation skills, the way they analyze people in order to create projects together, and the different paths they take to increase their future professional network.
According to the blog Educational Playcare, “(…) Developing social skills in children prepares them for a lifetime of healthier interactions in all aspects of life. Social skills are an integral part of functioning in society. Displaying good manners, communicating effectively with others, being considerate of the feelings of others and expressing personal needs are all important components of solid social skills. Helping children to develop these important skills requires a different set of strategies in each stage of development.”
Spaces like robotics competitions can definitely help your students strengthen this ability. Check out this testimonial video from one of the latest CRCC’s we held, and if you want to have one in your school or district, get in touch with us! We’d love to discuss further…
Teamwork: Building the future, in teams!
Without a doubt, teamwork is one of the most wanted and required abilities from employers. A student who doesn’t know how to work in teams will have a very hard time when leading any professional process in the future.
Working in teams can give your students a high quote of emotional intelligence, will teach them both how to lead the process and how to be led and will enable them to appreciate the unique personality, pace, and way of thinking of each member of that specific team. It will allow them to learn, hands-on, how to orchestrate a team for it to achieve goals in a fast, effective, praiseworthy way.
Just like for the social skills we discussed before, robotics competitions are an extraordinary place for students to strengthen this, and other very important skills.
Begin today. Cyber Robots can assist your students!
A good way to start delivering this new, soft, 21st century skills is to teach your students how to code. Including robotics in the classroom can be a phenomenal way to assure that your students not only learn amazing computational skills but also strengthen these very needed abilities.
If you want to see how does it feel to teach STEM and STEAM with virtual robots, while your students become more creative, register today for CoderZ’s free trial. Your students will truly appreciate the process, and especially, the results.
May the code be with you!