The Future of Learning, Now

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”
-Ferris Bueller

 

As a child, I idolized the character Ferris Bueller.  His words rang true to me at an early age and, as technology has crept into every facet of our lives, resonate more now than ever before.  From him I learned a very important lesson- some of the best learning opportunities happen when you get outside of the classroom.

Our world is changing, and fast. Children growing up today have exciting options at their fingertips that were impossible to imagine when Ferris Bueller made those words famous a few short decades ago.

To put it mildly, Ferris Bueller did not conform well to a typical educational system.  Like Ferris, many of today’s students do not work well under the typical model that has been in place since the early 1900s.  As Ferris said, “life moves pretty fast”– our education system is trying to adapt to our modern technological society, and the bureaucracy is having a difficult time keeping up.

I read a great article recently that included an in-depth analysis of education and learning. Keep in mind, education and learning are not the same thing.  Education is a system of intervention, something that is done to a person, and is often times a bureaucracy that can take years to adjust to the changing needs of society. Learning is the personal process of developing new knowledge and skills, testing them out and adopting what works for you.  Learning is happening every second of every day.

Online learning content has done a lot to highlight this constant thirst for knowledge. Compared to traditional styles of education, digital platforms can increase learning retention and make it easy for students to learn at their own pace.  In a world where some of the most valuable education happens outside of the classroom, the plethora of online options has led to new questions and challenges.  Is this tool trustworthy? Is the content valuable and grade-level appropriate? Is the platform engaging?  If you are using the Funler app, the answer to those questions is YES!

The Funler platform puts vetted educational content in one place.  It is set up as a game, with bite-sized lessons and problem sets. Kids earn coins for completing lessons and can spend those coins in the “funzone”, watching videos or spending time on other apps on their tablet. There are even features that allow kids to earn coins for completing real life challenges. In the process, each child learns valuable life lessons on how to spend and manage time.

Funler is a tool that gives children the chance to experience that process in an adaptable environment.  Each individual path on Funler will be different because no two people learn in exactly the same way.  Life moves pretty fast, but with Funler there’s always time to fit in some after school learning.