According to sociologist Dirk Helbing, the 21st century will ‘be governed by fundamentally different principles than the 20th century’. Helbing says it requires a new way of thinking about the world. He predicts that in this age of ‘collective intelligence’ enabled by social media, we will see the emergence of an ‘innovation ecosystem’ made up of millions of projects. Is this PBL on a global scale?
Helbing believes digital literates will become better informed than experts. His recent paper ‘What the Digital Revolution means for us‘ is fascinating reading and raises some important challenges. Helbing concludes:
‘Digital literacy and good education will be more important than ever. But with the emerging Internet of Things and participatory information platforms, we can unleash the power of information and turn the digital society into an opportunity for everyone. It just takes our will to establish the institutions required to make the digital age a great success. Are we ready for this?
It’s a relevant question for educators – what shifts are we making in our thinking and our work to turn students into exceptional digital literates? In June this year I spoke at the EduTech conference in Brisbane and discussed where I think education has been and where we need to go next in the context of the digital revolution.