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How SAM Labs Solutions Align with the World Economic Forum Education Framework

How SAM Labs Solutions Align with the World Economic Forum Education Framework

In today’s rapidly evolving world, education must adapt to equip students with the skills and competencies needed to succeed in the workforce and make positive contributions to society. One framework that provides valuable guidance in this endeavor is the World Economic Forum (WEF) Education Framework.

With three core focuses, the WEF framework fosters problem-solving skills through real-world challenges.

Let’s explore the WEF education framework and how SAM Labs can support you in implementing core principles across your district.

Understanding the WEF Education Framework

The WEF Education Framework focuses on developing three primary aptitudes for today’s learners — abilities and skills, attitudes and values, and knowledge and information. 

With a main focus on the first two aptitudes, the goal is a holistic approach to education that builds concrete skills essential for economic success and develops a mindset and love of lifelong learning.

“In short, the future of education lies in empowering young learners to embrace and develop their uniquely human qualities – those unlikely to ever be replaced by technology,” the WEF report states.

The problem is that abstract skills like problem-solving and communication can’t easily be taught on their own. They require real-world challenges and situations to really understand and hone those skills. 

For example, having students work together to design an app teaches in-demand skills like coding and programming, but it also helps develop key qualities like collaboration, communication, and creativity. 

Why It’s Important

While this framework and focus aren’t new, there has been an increased focus on building these aptitudes in recent years. Today’s employers are looking for critical-thinking and problem-solving people with interpersonal skills and increased global awareness. 

These skills have been shown to have a dramatic impact on innovation, a company’s bottom line, and the economy overall.

According to the WEF report, “Investing in just one important skill area  — collaborative problem-solving — could add as much as $2.54 trillion to global GDP.” 

However, the push to develop these aptitudes is not just financially motivated. It’s also about supporting the next generation as they look to build careers, families, and more. Research from UNICEF shows that many children and young people are behind.  

UNICEF’S Recovering Learning report states that “Less than half of young people around the world are currently on track to acquire the full range of skills needed to thrive at work and in life.”

“Investing in technologies like SAM Labs is investing in our children’s ability to solve real-world problems collaboratively. It’s about making education as dynamic and interconnected as the world around us,” said Baron R. Davis, Ph.D., SAM Labs Advisory Board Member and former superintendent of the Richland Two School District in Columbia, South Carolina.

“Embracing Education 4.O is about preparing students not just for the jobs of tomorrow, but for the challenges they’ll face in a constantly evolving global landscape,” Davis said. “SAM Labs integrates seamlessly into this framework, enabling a generation of learners to develop the skills and mindsets needed to thrive.”

Four Core Ideas

To help better understand and teach these abstract qualities, the Education 4.0 Taxonomy organizes a comprehensive set of aptitudes into a tree structure. 

The goal is to break aptitudes up into teachable, learnable qualities. The Education 4.0 framework identifies four innovative ideas to help guide teaching and learning to combine the three primary aptitudes. 

Personalized and self-paced learning

Personalizing the lessons and learning experience helps to build cognitive skills, social skills, and a growth mindset among students. 

With this strategy, teachers are encouraged to ask open-ended questions. They can provide hints, direction, and feedback while leaving students open to self-guided discovery. 

Because students are learning at their own pace and taking charge of their experience, they’re more actively engaged in the learning process. 

Accessible and inclusive learning

As our world becomes simultaneously more connected and more disconnected than ever, building global citizenship and cultural competency is key. 

The framework embraces multilingual and multicultural learning opportunities, helping students of all backgrounds to step outside their familiar comfort zones. 

It also focuses on increased accessibility, ensuring that learners of all levels and abilities can access information they need to thrive. 

Problem-based and collaborative learning

Problem and project-based learning help build connections and provide meaning to the learning process. 

By tackling projects and problems together as a group or community, students start to understand interdependence and personal accountability in a group setting. These skills are key as the next generation moves into adult life and careers. 

Lifelong and student-driven learning

The framework outlines essential learning abilities and skills that can help guide education from early childhood through secondary school. The goal is to encourage learning in a formal classroom setting and beyond.

Supporting Core Areas with SAM Labs

SAM Labs is much more than a classroom technology solution for STEM programs. With curriculum that meets national standards and is continually evolving to help students thrive outside of the classroom, SAM Labs can help your district embody the WEF framework.

Personalized & Self-Paced Learning

SAM Labs allows students to work at their own pace with various lessons and experiments adjusted to their current grade or skill level. As students take on various lessons, minimal guidance from teachers is necessary. Students are encouraged to tackle problems as they see fit. 

SAM Labs’ open-ended projects empower students to explore their interests and pursue self-directed learning pathways. With a variety of components and project ideas, students can customize their learning experience based on their unique preferences and goals. 

For example, the Traffic Light project allows students to design and build a functioning traffic light system using SAM Labs hardware and software. As part of this activity, students learn about sensors and programming in a hands-on, experiential way. 

Students can experiment with different configurations and colors as they see fit and observe the real-world implications of their designs

Accessible & Inclusive Learning

SAM Labs works hard to support the needs of all learners, including English Language Learners, special education students, and others with unique backgrounds. 

The SAM Labs platform is available in 17 different languages, including unique content in Spanish. In addition, there is vocabulary guidance and written text, allowing students and educators from diverse linguistic backgrounds to navigate language barriers and utilize the platform effectively. 

SAM Labs often uses a visual programming language, reducing language barriers by relying on intuitive graphical elements rather than text-based commands. This visual focus helps students to create and understand coding sequences without being hindered by language

Teachers can also adapt SAM Labs resources to accommodate diverse learning styles and abilities, fostering personalized learning experiences for each student.

“SAM Labs exemplifies the transformative potential of Education 4.0 in action,” Joachim Horn, CEO of SAM Labs, said. “Our collaboration with the Redmond School District in Oregon showcases this impact vividly. Leveraging our cutting-edge educational technology, we’ve seen a staggering 533% surge in STEM subject selections among female students and an astounding 820% increase among BIPOC students. These figures don’t just represent numbers; they symbolize a future where every student, irrespective of their background, can access and excel in STEM education, embodying the core values and mission of SAM Labs.”

533% increase in STEAM subject selections among female students. "Our collaboration with the Redmond School District in Oregon showcases the transformative power for Education 4.0 in action, especially when paired with our cutting edge technology." - SAM Labs CEO Joachim Horn

Problem-based & Collaborative Learning

SAM Labs designs projects and activities that encourage collaboration among students. Whether through group challenges, cooperative problem-solving tasks, or shared projects, it’s all about solving problems and experimenting together. 

As younger students struggle to build social skills and communicate post-COVID, SAM Labs activities are designed so students learn to communicate effectively, delegate tasks, and solve problems collectively, mirroring real-world teamwork scenarios. 

Building these transdisciplinary skills are more important than ever as we guide the next generation into the workforce. According to a recent survey of 1,000 employees and employers, 84% noted that new employees must possess soft skills and be able to showcase those skills during the hiring process. 

SAM Labs’ Weather Board project involves students working in teams to design and build a weather monitoring system using SAM Labs sensors and actuators. Each team member contributes to different aspects of the project, such as data collection, analysis, and visualization. 

Lifelong & Student-driven Learning

SAM Labs projects are centered around topics and key skills that students will need throughout their education and beyond. 

Lessons discuss important issues like energy efficiency, transportation, digital citizenship, and weather. By engaging with real-world problems, students begin to understand and think critically about global challenges and explore ways to create positive change in their communities.

Try SAM Labs Today

By incorporating SAM Labs into educational settings, you can effectively address the core principles of the WEF Education Framework throughout K-8 classrooms in your district. 

To experience the benefits of SAM Labs firsthand, sign up for a free demo or contact SAM Labs for more information.