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  • We wanted to talk about 21st century education.

  • We are living through an educational revolution.

  • The pace of change is staggering.

  • Schools, regions, entire countries are turning education on its head and redefining the experiences of students and of teachers.

  • The impact is felt by millions of children and their families around the world.

  • Let's consider for a moment the world in which they live.

  • A world with so much knowledge it's hard to grasp.

  • People are creating 2,000 new websites every hour.

  • They are uploading 35 hours of video every minute.

  • And watching 2 billion YouTube videos every day.

  • By the time they leave school, teenagers average nearly 1,000 Facebook friends.

  • They connect with people thousands of miles away as if they were in the same room.

  • They consume, produce and communicate information in previously unimaginable ways.

  • They truly are the children of a globalized world.

  • And where are they heading as they grow up?

  • To a hyper-connected world with more people and fewer resources.

  • A busy and competitive world full of uncertainties.

  • A work force that is more mobile and better qualified than ever before and careers that span multiple jobs, positions and skill sets, some of which haven't been invented yet.

  • In response, education leaders are making big changes, building 21st century skills, using enabling technologies and personalizing learning to engage students in diverse and creative ways.

  • In South Korea, schools are switching to digital textbooks so students can study any time and anywhere, with online hours recognized as school attendance.

  • In Denmark, students are using the Internet while taking exams.

  • They can access any site they like, even Facebook, as long as they don't message each other or use email.

  • In the USA, ultra-personalized learning approaches allow students to create their own individual schedules.

  • Their interest and performance are logged daily to generate playlists of learning options.

  • With teacherstime freed up to mentor and supervise students, learning can happen anywhere and everywhere.

  • That's why some Australian schools are pushing learning beyond school walls, where internships with local organizations are a fundamental part of each student's learning plan.

  • Distance learning programs are connecting seriously disengaged students with online learning communities and personal mentors to help them rediscover their love for learning.

  • The opportunities for 21st century education are immense.

  • These examples point the way to ensuring that tomorrow's workers, parents and citizens are more creative problem solvers, better communicators and lifelong learners.

  • To make sure that change happens on a massive scale, we need to make big changes.

  • That's why we've designed the new Australian curriculum online, supported by interactive, constantly updated digital resources structured around students and teacher's needs.

  • And it's why we now have national professional standards for teachers and principals that make sure they meet the needs of 21st century learners, but that's just the beginning.

  • Join us as we broaden this debate and connect educational pioneers and thought leaders across Australia and the world.

We wanted to talk about 21st century education.

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