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Education 4.0 : The future of the digital business model

Education 4.0 : The future of the digital business model

The so-called Industry 4.0 has revolutionized the way we think, behave and how things work. This technological revolution includes, among other technologies, the Internet of Things, which is the connection of everyday items through the worldwide computer network, automation, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and education 4.0, which promises to change the way humans absorb knowledge.

This change is based on the concept of learning by doing, which in Portuguese means “learning by doing”. It is a response to questions from teachers and area managers who wonder when the school will adapt to the reality of the digital world to keep students interested.

The focus here, however, will not be on technological resources but how to use them to provide interaction, playfulness, and collectivity. The experience and experimentation will be valued, as well as the development of creative socio-emotional skills. Faced with so many news, it is common to raise doubts. To understand more about this new way of educating and get ready to stand out from the competition.

What is Education 4.0? 

The term Education 4.0 is a mention of the fourth industrial revolution, the internet revolution, the digitization, the collection and analysis of data. This revolution has begun the use of school management systems and the use of tablets and other technologies within the school.

Pillars of Education 4.0

The four theoretical-technological frameworks for Education 4.0 support a process of continuing education. 

  1. The first pillar is a systemic model, the assessment that institutions must make of the current scenario, where they intend to arrive, and which strategy will be used in drawing up an effective innovation plan.
  2. The second pillar proposes a change from common sense to the search for theoretical frameworks based on a technological science education, which will form a solid basis for the elaboration of the classes.
  3. The third pillar deals with engineering and knowledge management and refers to the study of students' skills and abilities. 
  4. The fourth pillar is, cyberculture, related to the preparation of learning spaces to serve the purpose of Education 4.0.

Thus, education 4.0 is a model of continuing education, in which students' interests are taken into account and guide their learning pathways. However, he also begins to live the experience through collaborative projects, learning from peers and not just teachers, and school resources are being used creatively.

How does Education4.0 work?

As we said, Education 4.0 is a reflection of the fourth industrial revolution and as such should be a response to its demands. Thus, the new education model must take into account everything that involves this new industry, such as:

  • Systems connectivity and ease of access to knowledge;
  • Artificial intelligence, automation, and robotic systems;
  • The new media and big data (analysis and interpretation of big data).
  • The speed of innovation;
  • The development of new skills and constant knowledge.

To meet all these requirements, resources must go beyond the simple use of equipment; they must facilitate and promote the autonomous learning process. Students need to develop early, with the help of teachers, the ability to continue learning in adulthood so that they can respond quickly to technological innovations.

Research and discoveries are made using electronic applications and devices such as tablets, computers, and smartphones. Videos, systems, games and multidisciplinary applications are some of the resources that will be valued and therefore indicated for the introduction of Education 4.0 in schools.

However, having the equipment and software is not enough. It is also essential that they are aligned with a well-defined strategic pedagogical planning. The idea is to develop skills and entrepreneurial thinking, leaving aside simple replication of content.

Advantages of Education 4.0

Like anything new, Education 4.0 needs time to digest. The initial barrier imposed on this revolution due to the difficulties of implementing high technology and the formation of the faculty will be broken from the perception of its many advantages: 

From optimizing school management to class preparation and content application - there are many benefits. Management, with automated processes, saves time and quality. The manager will have all the data he needs at his fingertips, from registration, which can now be online.

Teachers can prepare hands-on classes that capture the attention of students, in return for greater participation. Students, in turn, learn from play activities and electronic games by accessing the tools they are used to dealing with at home.

Competence learning, on the other hand, is directed to practical rather than theoretical skills. This way, knowledge is directly applied and its results are easily measurable. It is believed that with all this the interest of the child and, especially, the young person for the school, is stimulated.

Future of Education 4.0

The transformation of the fourth industrial revolution will affect every aspect of our lives. And of course, education will be one of them. In the future, children can learn anything they want. In an increasingly accessible world with knowledge at the touch of a finger, producing and accessing content that interests them will be a natural practice for generations to come. The school will have to reinvent itself and become a center for meeting and sharing knowledge. After all, this current model, designed to serve a world that lived between the first and second wars and the industrial revolution is outdated. There was no internet and other inexpensive means of disseminating knowledge, so that the teacher, the expert, and the books were responsible for transmitting this content. In the future, books will no longer be needed, as everything will be in the virtual world, in the cloud. Because of this, it will not be necessary for everyone to learn at the same time and at the same pace. Each will be able to choose the best time and time to study, as is the case with the Distance Education platforms.