In the digital era, education does not become automatically a ticket to employment.

- What set of skills and knowledge will be most useful in the digital area?

- What do you propose to boost lifelong learning on-line or in schools and universities?

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DISCLAIMER: The content is quite long, please take your time and consideration to read the whole document. This is my chance for change! I am speaking up. I believe that adapting our educational system to the digital era, in the literal and technical meaning of the term, it is a rather wrong approach and view of the basic level of skills and knowledge we want to develop. The sole purpose of education hasn’t been to simply grant people a diploma, first and foremost the purpose of education is self-evident, to educate our people on the same basic level of current knowledge and skills. It is not about how we teach, it is about what we teach. Education starts from kindergarten when a person is as old as old as 3 years, that is how soon we start shaping the perception and individuality of a person. Education does not simply spread the right information, it shapes and creates how we think and view our surroundings. Education is simply empowerment because it equips us with the right tools to further develop our society. It is as more about what tools we are given, rather than how do we use them, that is a question that can stand only in a balanced system, our educational system is unfortunately not. Nowadays, we are given a shovel in school and asked to build a wall in life. That is the problem, what not how. History has proven that humans are always capable of finding how to survive and adapt, but education is not about that, it is about guidance and as such, it is crucial to be right. “In the digital era, education does not become automatically a ticket to employment.” – EYE, 2018 And I ask why? My 6-year-old cousin, who has learned English entirely from TV because school is boring and easy for him, asks me the same question, ‘Why should I go to school if I am not going to get a job after I finish?’ – because you haven’t learned anything relevant to what society uses today. I ask, how can we preach peace, and democracy when we still teach our children about kings and queens? How do we encourage our people to vote when we have taught them the size of Napoleon’s army but they know nothing of their constitution? The model of powerful figures that our children are following is all people who have built their country and empire, on gold and war, because that is our history. While it is important to learn about our history and ancestors, it is more important to teach our children how does their society actually function. What did this leading figures achieve, not how, because the point is what happened after the war, not who led and who was most powerful based on the size of their army and subsequently wallets? That is when my 6-year-old cousin says, ‘I want to become a president, so I can steal the government’s money and live happily with my family’. - What set of skills and knowledge will be most useful in the digital area? 1. Changes begin with the future generation. We cannot teach our children about technology and media when they still don’t know anything about their society. - Introduce legal history as mandatory subject as early as the 6th grade. This will actually teach our future generation of how our society actually functions. It is crucial to know where do rules come from and what is their purpose. If we teach them about legal history rather than war history, we might have a better shot at living in a peaceful world in the future. - Introduce national law as a mandatory subject in high schools. The point is not to replace the university courses of law or the lawyers (which, frankly are more than the doctors), but it is to provide a basic knowledge about our duties and rights in society. The fact that law has been existing since 400 B.C (with the Laws of the Twelve Tables) and I had to go to university to learn that, it is tragic. We cannot possibly expect to have good lawyers and a fair justice system if a law course is just 3 years for a bachelor degree, following another 2 years of a master degree. The average teenager does not know who is the prime-minster of their country or what is the purpose of the parliament. So I ask how do we allow and encourage our people to vote when we have taught them nothing about their government? 2. Revise the assessment criteria in all educational levels. Embrace creativity, embrace innovation! - The traditional system of knowledge evaluation is not suitable for the assessment of modern content. For instance, the grading system of projects and individual assignments could be grouped into different categories, each category having its own assessment criteria and grading, similar to university assessment criteria. In this way, the area in which a student lacks more competences is visible and clear, so they know what to focus on improving and the teacher is more clear on where to focus. - Boost creativity. One of the main requirements and necessities in today’s competitive job environments is creativity. One way to distinguish and help students who are more creative is to offer them the possibility of a fair assessment. If the maximum grade would be 10 then, there should be an extra grade or two, for those students who think out of the box and cannot comply with the assessment requirements. To obtain the extra grade one will have to achieve the goal of the assignment in a way that is fundamentally different from the required method or format. In turn, the extra grade can serve as criteria for 1 hour or more technical training in the field the student in question is most competent and has expressed the most creativity. This can also serve as encouragement for other students to push their boundaries and explore different views and possibilities. 3. Introduce current subjects and extracurricular assignments. - For education of younger children up to high school, I believe it is crucial to introduce more extracurricular assignments, such assignments would include work of observation outside the classroom. Example, Extracurricular assignment grade 5: Observation. There is a bowl with x number of prompts (matching the number of students in the class). Each student draws a paper with instructions for the assignment. After the completion of the task, the student will be required to reflect on it, by providing three things that were liked and reasons why three things that should be changed and three ways of how. Assignments can vary as follows: 1. During your lunch break, continue with your normal routine and be observant of the canteen atmosphere. How do you feel there? How can it be improved? Students are given different topics and places for observation, with very general instructions and questions, to allow them to think critically and distinguish their view of the environment. I believe this can be applied in all levels of education, varying in levels of difficulty and motivation. It is empirical to teach our people to think critically. These kinds of assignments, not only boost their creativity but also teaches them to be more aware of their surroundings and of each other. - What do you propose to boost lifelong learning online or in schools and universities? 1. I believe that we are not at a stage to advance our educational system in a more digital context. We should focus on providing basic necessary knowledge for people to adapt to the digital era, rather than focusing on adapting the educational system to fit the digital requirements. 2. Focus on the right knowledge and information. 3. Focus on our people. 4. Focus on empowerment. 5. Focus on a peaceful future. I believe in the power of people and I believe that it is never fundamentally late. I believe that each voice matters and I believe in equal justice. I believe and want to be part of the global revolution for change and knowledge empowerment. Thank you for your time and understanding!
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I think we have to keep moving forward with the technology in our schools in Europe. Right now, I am an exchange student in the USA and here basically everything in the schools is technologized. Because of that, teachers and students can comunicate easier by a school e-mail that everybody has and the technology makes class better because of things like Google Classroom. A smartboard in every class and a computer for every student, it just works really good. In Europe we have to keep moving forward, a lot of our schools still don't have smartboards or computers in a lot of classrooms, but we need them. They can help us a lot. No, we don't have to totally technologize our schools so that kids have never seen a chalkboard, we just need a good mix of technology and "old school" because both have their good points.

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- Set of skills and knowledge useful in the digital area may be a good teamwork spirit, the ability to be a good listener and general knowledge on the subject of the conversation. - Organizing seminars in schools and universities concerning lifelong learning and presenting examples of what benefits one may have. Promoting lifelong learning through social media and other sources to influence people.
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My only concern in regards to digital learning is the amount of digital distractions there are for our youth to be distracted by while learning. So, if we could find a way of taking away those distractions while class is in progress then it would be a wonderful idea. I think technology skills should be taught to all our youth so they have that knowledge to be able to survive in a digital era.

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One of the biggest advantages of technology in the digital era is the fact that it allows us to delegate to computers boring and labour intensive tasks like memorizing facts and small details, doing long and complex calculations in less time and so on. This means that, with technology helping us, we can focus our attention on other aspects of the same problems we're trying to solve. But this great help comes with risks too, and our educational systems are not preparing us against them. First of all, on the internet we can easily feel overwhelmed by the massive amount of information we can access in the matter of seconds. Schools, instead of teaching us only mere facts that we can easily find with a quick search online, should give us a general picture of the different subjects and teach us how to orient ourselves in this vast sea of information to let students choose themselves their own path. Second, not everything we can find online is worth our attention or even true at all (just think of fake news), so schools should also teach us how to distinguish between true and false information online and how to defend ourselves by threats and scams. Third, coding must be taught to everyone right from very young age. I can't code, but I clearly understand how important this skill is going to become in the future. Education is meant to empower people and give them all the tools they need to live and give an active contribution in society, so it should evolve as society does, in order to be always ready to give students all the skills they need to fully express themselves.
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Small thing: Digital university. Some form of platform, where you can learn on any subject, with videos, reading, exercises (with AI cheking answear). Basicly free knowledge for anyone who want to expand own knowledge. Even ambitious high school students could use that.
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In this digital era, Millennials (my generation) and Baby boomers have to deepen and improve their knowledge and confidence with technology. Universities and schools can play a crucial role in digital literacy. In my opinion, we have already several useful tools and online resources or platform that enrich our background. I recently created a chatbot for the financial literacy, the first example in Italy. My credo is simple: artificial intelligence (AI) and men can walk hand-in-hand in order to boost our financial education and our training towards future. A chatbot is a simple tool with whic we can interact on everyday Instant messaging apps (e.g. Facebook messenger or Whatsapp). We can ask "him/her" questions about finance, markets, banks, accounting. Also universities and banks are experimenting this kind of tool and future will see - according to many studies and report - a boom of chatbots in EdTech too.

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Medical science. Computive technology (AI related). Mostly hard science (engineering, chemistry, agriculture). More teenagers should be exposed to ethic or social knowledge or knowledge theory (to spot the fake news). Social and Culture is also needed, just in smaller numbers. We just need to be clear that there will be mostly demand for hard subjects, and social only some (with all due respect to culture). But we need citizens and coworkers, not drones (drones we could manufacture). Even engineer need to cooperate or know what are this human rights thing. The online learning has greates potencial to grow. You can take best scientis lecture and show it to infinite number of students, wow. There is potencial in freeing the knowledge (Free the Books) and generally remove tax from information sharing. The faster we can exchange information the smarter we can get. There is potencial in "discussion clubs" or project sharing. Learning alone could be sad. People need time and access to lifetime learning. Some subjects require VR support to learn (like simulation where we can operate the human or experiment in virtual world with toxic explosives). Real World contact sometimes is hard to mimic. Pre abitur schools are more about social skill learning. Europe should try to create goldren guidence for education system, using Finish lessons. We should think more about reeducate adults. Retrain. Especially when it comes to heavy machines operation. Accept that adult need 1year to retrain and it is valuable for society. There is always something to do, Countries are just not good on spending money on right things, and are prone capital accumulation on dead accounts.

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