Designing The Future Of Education

Courtesy of Derick David

What does the future of education look like? That’s a big question that could yield hundreds of answers that can help narrow down a potential industry-changing solution.

This past week, our co-founder & CEO, Derick David had the privilege to speak in front of thousands of people at the annual event hosted by the National Youth Commission also known as the NYC, a government agency in the Philippines that specifically addresses issues surrounding the Filipino youth.

Courtesy of National Youth Commission

In this event, Derick showed his vision for the future of education, what needs to be changed, and how Hikre School plans to become part of the ecosystem.

Here are the main points from the speaker session.


Teaching students to see technology being synonymous with nature

It has been widely discussed that technology alone won’t cut it, it needs to address human needs to make it work. And when introducing the iPad 2 almost a decade ago, Jobs summarized his strategy this way,

“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

Courtesy of Apple

So, to allows the next generation of entrepreneurs, builders, and creators to actually innovate, they need to consider liberal arts and humanities along the envisioning of technology becoming synonymous with nature, both as mother nature and human nature. It’s only this way that we create something valuable that the world will appreciate.

So, to create great products people will love and that will solve real-world problems, we need to first to teach our students the importance of the human side as much in the technology side.


Cohort-based isn’t enough

There has been a lucrative rise of cohort-based courses and programs in the past couple of years, including On Deck, a platform that offers a premier community for ambitious founders around the world, and, a platform that allows experts to build interactive programming courses.

While a cohort-based course offers a multitude of advantages, including the being community-driven, there’s one issue that needs to be addressed.

Collaborative nature that brings the best out of every student.

Just being cohort-based is no different than what we currently have in colleges and universities. So what needs to be added?

Derick says that aside from being cohort-based, the entire program needs to be designed for high collaboration for students to maximize the learning impact and hands-on so that everyone feels incentivized to contribute and to be creative.

For cohort-based learning to be effective even in the future, it needs to be designed to be highly collaborative and to bring the best out of the students.

How? This leads to the next point. Challenge-based learning.


Help students cultivate their soft skills

Derick once said that,

"Soft skills are like the fuel to a car. Without it, it won't run. Unless of course you're driving a Tesla, which in that case, soft skills are the electric batteries. "

Having a bright future also requires a great amount of continuous practice of soft skills like collaboration, public speaking, copywriting, communication, storytelling, and adaptability.

Antonio Chiappetta of Elevate Labs emphasized in our first fireside chat that being able to keep learning and gaining new perspectives helps you adapt to the ever-changing world.

One of our students once said that,

"I don't like school, but Hikre is an exception"

This has since fueled our vision to make students love learning.


Challenge-based learning is the learning and teaching model of the future

Before we get it started, what is exactly challenge-based learning? First, imagine it as an extension of project-based learning, but a lot better in ways that it encourages students to work with more tools and resources throughout the process.

A bit of history, challenged-based learning first appeared from the “Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow — Today”, a project initiated in 2008 by Apple to identify the essential design principles of a 21st-century learning environment.

Courtesy of National Youth Commission

In this model, students are instructed to simulate problem-solving solutions through collaboration, hands-on learning, and app challenges. For instance, before they go to design or code apps, they first have to go through brainstorming their big ideas, essential questions, and challenges

A conscientious entrepreneurial practice

The approach allows a multidisciplinary approach letting students from different backgrounds leverage technology to solve complex, real-world problems, enabling collaboration and hands-on work.

Students gain meaningful skills through these projects, including how to share work, collaborate, organize, and express themselves more effectively. This teaches students how to think and act in the real world.

Read more here.


To design the future education, we need to be futurists and visionaries

Most game-changing products and innovations of the past two decades particularly are created by people who did so hard to envision the future.

Yes, we need to think ahead of time, but by keeping our feet in touch with the present. Visionaries make the most difference in our world and just as it happened with the computer industry, it will be as well for the education industry.

Being a futurist and visionary isn’t enough, of course, finding a solution that will work just well in the developing nations as much in the first world is the key. We have to address it as if the new normal will be here forever.

By answering the question,

How we can we make education fair to everybody, regardless of your location or provenience?

The future of education will be led by people who create a system that works virtually as much physically and that works in the developing nations as much in the first world.


At Hikre School, we’re building and reimagining the future of education in the Philippines, one student at a time. All of these while having fun and learning how to build apps! Through CBL, hands-on activity, group projects, and app challenges, we’re creating a new category of talent designed for the 21st-century world. To join, apply now here.


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