Last November 12, the Microsoft company expanded the invitation to the Education Forum for Latin America with the aim of speaking to education leaders in the region about the challenges of distance learning in the face of Covid-19 and new technological skills like blockchain that the student must have in the future. This was announced by the company via the new digital medium Microsoft.
The forum was chaired by Anthony Salcito, Global Vice President of Microsoft Education, and Education Leaders Luciano Braverman, Education Director for Microsoft Latin America, and Ariel Fiszbein, Director of the Inter-American Dialogue Education Program, who moderated two panels with teachers from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic and it was done online.
During his participation in the forum, Anthony Salcito spoke about the importance of a new hybrid learning model. and at the same time the value of using the learning and experiences during these months to adapt them to a new reality of virtual and personal teaching.
“After the pandemic, education needs to change and we need to use the value of technology to fuel it.” said the global vice president of Microsoft Education.
Hybrid skills for a new job market
These new skills will encourage the training of young people in new skills that are essential to the current and future work environment. Students need to learn new technology skills such as blockchain, cloud computing, analytical thinking, digital intelligence, UX (user interface) design, and business analysis. In addition to soft skills such as emotional intelligence, critical thinking and communication as a fundamental component of the training of the workforce.
According to Anthony Salcito, there must be a balance between technical skills and soft or social skills in order for students to receive this comprehensive learning.
The director of the Inter-American Dialogue Education Program, Ariel Fiszbein, was in turn responsible for the moderation of the first panel of the forum, in which he dealt with the topic “Challenges of distance learning against Covid-19 “ and the role educational institutions have played in distance learning.
In the second panel of the Education Forum for Latin AmericaSkills for the future”, Was directed by the moderator Luciano Braverman, who, in his participation, spoke about the use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) in education and the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution that triggered these technologies. Highlight the need for universities to use technology to innovate, collaborate and do business.
Panellists also agreed that hybrid education will enable students to develop key competencies for the future. They offer them a range of opportunities for a successful entry into the world of work, in which new engineering and information professions as well as new mixes of traditional specialists with skills from the fourth industrial revolution are emerging.
Blockchain in Education
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitization process in industry, in the office and especially in education. In this context, Anthony Salcito said, “There is a great opportunity for us to use this as a moment to transform and transform education,” said the global vice president of Microsoft Education.
In this context lBlockchain technology with its various applications facilitates the implementation of educational platforms. There are currently various initiatives that are connecting blockchain technology to the educational ecosystem, where teachers need to know the potential of this technology and then act as speakers.
Today Microsoft offers technology to create inclusive and student-centered classrooms and learning opportunities for all students. Through these forums and easy access to platforms such as Teams, Microsoft Learn, and Skype, as well as ongoing training for educators, college teachers, and government institutions, young people can gain confidence and skills in these disruptive technologies of the 21st century.