“The future belongs to a very different kind of person 
with a very different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, 
pattern recognizers and meaning makers.” 

~ Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind

Our future is changing faster than we could have ever imagined. As a result of a global digital perspective, the inter-connectedness of the world, and unique opportunities brought about by the creativity and critical thinking now valued today, our future is hard to interpret. Education and the means by which we prepare our youth must adapt to this change. This digital emphasis on a global society and the critical nature of students’ understanding of it is the focus of my philosophy of education. Students today are met with pressures to perform and succeed at earlier ages and with skills way beyond what were expected in the past. Education has found ways to adapt to the change in skills taught, but often misses the adaptation to the means by which we educate. Our happiest, most successful adults are those who are adept in critical thinking, problem solving, collaborating and communication. Educational practices in our schools that are student-centered, project-based and encourage inventive thinking, leading and collaboration will drive the systemic changes needed for our students to compete in a global economy. Technology can be the vehicle for creating an environment that spurs imagination, curiosity, and creativity in the classroom. Students with curiosity are primed to learn and explore, because they are excited about the subject matter. Technology is no longer a skill to be taught in schools, but a means with which to learn. As educators strive to engage learners, the shine of digital tools may fade over time, but the pedagogical shift in instruction that incorporates digital learning environments will become more and more critical, because it will provide students with the tools to compete and work in an ever changing digital and global world.