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NMC Horizon Report is a 5-year plan for emerging technology and strategies that
are being implemented across the K-12 schools worldwide (Johnson, Estrada, &
reeman, 2015). While the report has a wide range of innovative ideas and
theories for greater learning. The one report that stood out to me, was, Creating
Authentic Learning Opportunities. While every student maybe different and may
learn in different ways, it is always important as educators to provide the
students with the greatest opportunities to succeed in life (Nagel & Scholes,
2016). Authentic learning, although still uncommon in schools, is a great way of
providing students with real life hands on experiences and work situations. One
of the main issues with teaching, is engaging and motivating students (Ming-tak,
2008). If students can relate what they are learning, to the real world or past
experiences, then you will find students will be more engaged and interested, as
they can see relevance to what they are learning (Ming-tak, 2008). Authentic
learning has great potential to increase engagement in the students.
Schools in the modern era are starting to realise the importance of creating
authentic learning opportunities. Schools are no longer just about them, we are
seeing schools developing relationships with local businesses, organisations and
public entities within the community. This is providing schools opportunities for
their students to experience real life situations. Students these days are starting
to be able to gain work experience from the relationships built between the
school and the community. Which in turn for some students, shed light on their
future career path. Through the work experience opportunities, students are now
starting to receive apprenticeships. More and more schools are starting to see
the value in creating vocational opportunities for students. This is being
implemented through programs being created that link local organisations with
surrounding schools. Students are able to do apprenticeships before or after
school, which are leading into paid summer internships.
Motivation and engagement can vary from one student to another, depending on
many different circumstances such as interests, personalities, time of day and
how they are feeling at the time. It is the teachers job to motivate and engage
students, it is AITSL standards 1; know your students and how they learn
(Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, 2014). Research shows that
across the preschool to high school years, children's intrinsic motivation
decreases and they feel increasingly alienated from learning (Skinner & Belmont,
1993). As educators, it is our responsibility to prepare the students for the real
world. I remember being at school and countless times I said to myself how is
this going to help me in the real world. Immediately I would switch off and
become disengaged. With authentic learning, you are providing learning
opportunities, that not only prepares them for the real world, but also allows
them to build connections between what they are learning. If students become
disengaged and unmotivated, then behavioural issues can occur, causing
behaviour management to become an issue.
The way we think, and technology continuously changing, it is important to come
up with new ideas and strategies, that can be implemented in the classroom
(Nagel & Scholes, 2016). As teachers, it is our responsibility to educate and
prepare the students for life. Whether this be through authentic learning or other
strategies that are implemented in the report, as teachers we must know what is
best for our students. It comes down to the AITSL standard 1; know your
students and how they learn. In order to facilitate authentic learning in their
classrooms, school leaders need to be aware of what models, training strategies,
and resources exist to support this approach (Johnson, Estrada, & reeman, 2015).
Authentic learning provides students with the skills and knowledge demanded by
universities and the workplace (Johnson, Estrada, & reeman, 2015). It allows
students to create the connection of what they are learning and the purpose in
life beyond the classroom. Authentic learning also allows students to gain a
greater understanding of their abilities and insight into their future career paths.

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