Classroom cheat sheet: the fourth industrial revolution

11th January 2019, 12:00am
Magazine Article Image
Tes Editorial

Share

Classroom cheat sheet: the fourth industrial revolution

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/classroom-cheat-sheet-fourth-industrial-revolution

This week: the fourth industrial revolution

If someone says… "What the heck is the fourth industrial revolution?"

You say… "When the Commons Education Select Committee held an inquiry, it said the revolution was 'characterised by the emergence of a range of new technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet of things'."

If someone says… "So, it's the robots taking over, then. How can we prepare for it as teachers?"

You say… "Well, it's likely consequences are two-fold: it will create a load of jobs, but it will also see a lot being rendered unnecessary. We need to prepare our pupils for the jobs that will be most needed in this new age."

If someone says… "What about us teachers? Will we be replaced by robots?"

You say… "Don't worry, it's unlikely. Robots don't have the personal skills. But it could affect how we work. The Association of School and College Leaders says that machines could do the 'heavy lifting' when it comes to routine assessment and managing data."

If someone says… "So less tedious paperwork?"

You say… "Yes, exactly. Bring on the bots!"

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Register for free to read more

You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below.

Alternatively, check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters

Already registered? Log in

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Subscribe to read more

Check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters

Read more