The future of learning is digital

Since the turn of the century, Americans have become accustomed to interfacing with digital technology. But that doesn’t mean we understand the technology any better.

The Facebook “fake news” scandal of the 2016 election showed the danger of having a society that doesn’t understand the apps and programs it depends on. If we don’t do a better job preparing today’s children to live in an interconnected world, Penn GSE’s Yasmin Kafai says, it will only get worse.

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Kafai, a learning scientist who has designed tools and communities to promote coding, crafting, and creativity, believes we need to change how we think about teaching and learning, while making sure every child has a chance to develop these vital skills.

Recently, Kafai was a featured speaker at a Nobel Prize Dialogue conference on the future of learning. Held in Santiago, Chile, the conference brought together leading thinkers across disciplines from around the world.

In a Q&A for Penn GSE, Kafai sheds light on the digital divide, preparing teachers for digital learning, and what happens when we can’t trust algorithms.