Recently, I spent hours creating a digital resume. In truth, I have no use for it. Why? Partially, because I already have a job that I enjoy, but largely because it’s not how most employers currently access information about prospective employees. While most people no longer use the postal system to submit their resume, email performs a digital version of the same task.
Most employers do not sit around the table, tablets or laptops in hand, perusing a digital resume, looking through embedded media or links — at least not now. But I don’t doubt that one day they will. And that’s what I need to prepare my students for. Consequently, I teach for now, and not yet.
I created my resume to model for my students the need to anticipate and create the future. And there’s the dilemma. In order to teach this way, we need to be visionary. As teachers we need to be able to critically evaluate the skills our students need now, while anticipating what is on the horizon.
My curriculum states I need to teach resumes. I think digital resumes or portfolios are the future. However, most of my students need a paper resume to use now. So, for now, I need to teach them how to create both. In creating a digital resume, they’ll cultivate and create an on-line presence that can be managed and added to, and eventually, someday, they may use it to get a job.
Many would agree that video is the medium of the future. And yet, so few of my students know how to use this tool effectively. I wonder why it’s not an objective that every student who graduates can shoot & edit video? For me it is. Consequently, using the curricular objectives that are outlined, which are mostly language & communication skills, I’ve created a language arts program at our school that supports each student in learning how to shoot & edit video by the time they graduate.
The curriculum I use is adequate, but it’s not visionary by a long shot. It doesn’t purport 21st. Century skills as being pivotal to my student’s learning and growth as a learner. And ICT skills such as blogging, bookmarking, and video creation, aren’t really mentioned outside of the tech curriculum. So until my curriculum begins to look to the future, I need to do so.
We need to model for our students now, and not yet. What does this mean for you?