SEAN MCDERMOTT

Hi there, my name's Sean. I'm a teacher from New Zealand who's currently living in Hong Kong, and I wanted to share with you a little bit about why I started The Future Learning Project.

The world of work and opportunity is changing incredibly quickly, and our children and youth face an uncertain future. The traditional academic pathway from school through to university and work is increasingly expensive, and no longer a guarantee of future success. Traditional approaches to schooling are increasingly ineffective at providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes that young people need to achieve in a world of exponential change. The sense of urgency to do something about this is growing.

 

I spend a lot of time finding out about global trends in exponential technologies, disruptive innovation and the challenges and opportunities these bring, along with the new and emerging skills, habits and behaviours that individuals and communities need to thrive.

Some questions that guide my research and thinking include:

1. What changes and opportunities are emerging in work that people perform?

2. Which of these trends appear likely to continue and become significant?

3. What knowledge, skills, habits and competencies will young people likely need so they can benefit?

4. How can they learn what they need to?

5. What does this mean for teachers, parents, school leaders and organisations?

 

If you're interested in finding out more about my professional background and roles, take a look at my LinkedIn Profile

 

Thank you for joining us here at The Future Learning Project. If you have any questions at all feel free to email me at sean@futurelearningproject.com, and let's start a conversation.

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