A psychologist ones said that all children are ‘little scientists’ curious about the world (Piaget, 1953). This inherited trait seems to prepare individuals for lifelong learning in the digital age. Since one must acquire necessary tools to become a lifelong learner (Lifelong Learning Council Queensland, 2013), effective educational policies, organisations, programs and documents regulated in classrooms ensure students can equally adapt and engage with technological tools in all areas of learning (Howell, 2012).
Here are just a few from Australia and the world:
- The Australian Curriculum
- British Educational Communications Technology Agency (BECTA)
- America’s Educate to Innovate (2011)
- New Zealand’s The Digital Strategy (2005)
By developing proficiencies throughout years of schooling with Microsoft Word, search engines and accessing websites for example, this becomes a necessity to function in a globalised society (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2008).
Being a global citizen enables one to easily access information around the world (Howell, 2014), thus being effective and efficient in personal and professional environments (Howell, 2012). From this, it could be said that the autonomous, self-directed learning skills developed prior will allow one to “fully participate” as a globalised citizen in the digital age (http://vanguardvisions.com.au/e-learning/designing-learning-in-the-digital-age-home/).
Why stop now? By “learning how to know, do, be and work” with others in the digital age (http://www.llcq.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=12), one can continue to live and learn curiously.
What have you learnt today?
Kegan Paul, London: UK.