It's time to create an education system for generation Z

13 february 2018

Analytical Center expert Inna Karakchieva took part in a strategy session on the development of the specification for the Digital School priority project as the moderator for the group on the creation of a modern digital educational environment in the general education system.

"It's important to note that we are not starting from scratch here," Ms. Karakchieva said. "In our country we've got over 30 years of experience in how to integrate digital resources and distance learning technologies into general education system."

According to the expert, modern technologies and the growing demand for personalized education require education systems that can be easily adapted to the aptitude, capabilities and interests of the students. On the other hand, as the process of getting various education services is getting more and more automated through the development of various support services, educators can build systems that don't just focus on what the child needs now but on what he or she may need in the future once they discover new capabilities.

According to Ms. Karakchieva we're already seeing generation Z children entering the education system. The existing system is designed for the cognitive, psychological and educational realities of last century's generations while by 2025 it is going to be working with this brand new generation of children and youth.

The generation Z children have unlimited access to digital technologies from a very early age, they can easily navigate the digital environment, which sets them apart from the previous generations. Since the modern digital environment puts increased demands on the attention span of the child and their ability to filter out sensory information even as they're constantly using gadgets and the flow of poorly controlled, very bright and engaging information forming an individual digital word of a child is only going to increase, it's important to give these children some fixed points to help them better navigate through this digital environment," Ms. Karakchieva said. The psychological and learning differences of the modern generation and the environment they operate in must be taken into account when creating a modern educational environment, otherwise this new environment is going to end up being contrived, artificial, and too formal and children will reject it, the expert believes.

"The flexibility that the educational system can achieve through the digitization of the general education space can help expanding the traditional boundaries of formal education, ensuring continuous improvement of the education route. Under these conditions, the merging of the formal and informal education will become a prerequisite for improving the educational model that can best fit the needs of the children, society and the state," Ms. Karakchieva concluded.

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