The world is changing on the continent of Africa, the incorporation of technology will not stop, the integration of technology in homes is changing how people communicate on dynamic African continent.
The engagement of educational initiatives that will train and teach children for the future is progressing and creating a transformative paradigm shift in how teachers teach even the basics of educational foundation.
African children must be prepared for careers not even available now and be able to solve complex problems that will challenge the ability to function in a technology rich environment.
The earth is much smaller because of digital communication, and African people are able to participate in distance learning collaborations. These build the intellectual abilities of youth, teens and young adults dreaming of being entrepreneurs.
STEAM and STEM initiatives are being provided by the growth and
integration of academic elements being taught in schools. Because technology has advanced it is important for the engagement of tools to be fused into educational initiatives like STEM/STEAM/STREAM/ CSTREAM and STEM2, each has a powerful individual effect in the world helping to solve problems that affect human survival and growth.
These is the infusion of science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, math and in some cases medicine. The goal, to engage the whole child and foster high achievement in all areas,”as defined by STE[+a]M, a website created to share information about the blending of arts and sciences.
The new thinking of building African minds is that STEAM creates a curriculum that embraces elements to allow students to hone their personal knowledge and technical aptitudes and advance in areas that are new, but needed to help nations grow in competitiveness.
A new way of thinking after studying of the brain that shows creativity helps students to learn. The artistic development and the scientific techniques are more complimentary than first thought.
The blending of STEM and STEAM skills requires students to engage in creative application, critical and higher order thinking that supports collaborative and cooperative learning.
Learning that pushes and challenges thinking and rationalization, bringing about success that is transferable in advanced areas of appliance and application in society. Many careers are now influenced from STEM curriculum’s that help determine the paths for students.
As an Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM instructor at Edward Waters College, educators, artists, and scientists recognize the importance of blending the arts and sciences believing that this can lead to richer student learning.
STEAM is complimentary with 21st artistic, scientific and technological century skills. There is much more than just teacher centered instruction, the student must be the center of learning and involve the “4 Cs”: Creativity, Collaboration,
Critical Thinking, and Communication.
So important are these elements and how instruction is performed that the organisations of the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of Education are joining to make sure current and future models of learning properly prepare students to be the skilled labourers this nation needs to lead in the 21st 22nd and 23rd centuries for students in the United States and even assisting nations around the world.
African is building students at a rapid pace to be the educational, technical, commercial and commerce leaders it needs to take nations and the continent into the 21st and 22nd centuries as a leader.
Those responsible in government, sciences, business and even commerce need to works together to make sure there are enough STEM experts nationally to assist in the building and restructuring of the continent.
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