Technology & Soft Skills: Reshaping the Future of Early Childhood Learning


    صورة  : تانيا سباسوجيفيتش


    By Tanja Spasojevic,


    General Manager of Ora, the Nursery of the Future




    Without question, technology has caused deep transformation in social

    structures, and the rapidly evolving education landscape has not been

    spared by its impact.


    Community needs and social behaviour in all areas of public and

    private lives have changed dramatically brought about by cutting-edge

    innovations over the years, and so has the learning profile of

    students of all ages.


    As such, it is necessary more than ever to revisit educational methods

    to keep teaching relevant and redesign curriculums that objectively

    prepare young learners for what we call “the future” of learning.

    However, whilst intelligent tools continue to drive change, the future

    of learning should not be solely dependent on them and should go

    beyond harnessing their full potential.


    Future of Learning: The Foundation


    This principle is at the heart of Ora’s pioneer mission. We focus on a

    new approach to early childhood education that is an amalgamation of

    technologies and key interpersonal skills for kids to feel empowered,

    fulfilled and happy as they grow up. We expose children early on to

    concepts that are typically introduced at later ages.


    At Ora, we raise children’s early awareness of current events in all

    sectors of society and bring their attention to technologies such as

    3D printing, coding and robotics. Being nested in the epicentre of

    Dubai’s – if not the world’s - most futuristic hub, it is not hard to

    find great examples of the latest innovations and ultra-modern

    projects where children can witness the future in the making.


    Exploration and Discovery


    From our experience, the youngest generation shows great familiarity

    with digital technology and children’s natural inclination to learn

    new things by exploring. This is the base of our methods.


    Technology brings a new kind of independence and creativity that,

    being responsibly monitored by adults, can be a great accelerator of

    children’s implicit learning in many areas of development such as

    numeracy and literacy.


    Exposing children to technology, with meaningful teaching purposes,

    develops early learning of new ideas and enhances natural

    understanding of concepts-- giving them developmental advantages when

    compared to students who have not been exposed to them yet.


    New digital tools also bring along new ways of thinking and connecting

    not only ideas but people and communities on a global level.

    Presently, we are living in the 4th Industrial Revolution, and we can

    see already how they have positively impacted our generation in

    physical, digital and biological worlds.


    From an educational perspective, emerging technologies such as

    artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and the Internet

    of Things (IoT) are the newest allies of early years education. They

    can even be instrumental in supporting inclusion for children of

    determination and strengthening education equity in disadvantaged



    This does not mean, however, that technology will replace the role of

    parents and teachers. In fact, quite the opposite, especially when it

    comes to very young children, where emotional, social and

    communication skills are being deeply nurtured.


    Present and future technologies and their social, economic, cultural

    and environmental potential for new generations is undoubtedly

    tremendous. We can only anticipate with enthusiasm how humanity will

    transform and, at Ora, we couldn’t be more excited for our children.


    For now, the urgency is to modernise educational models, expose

    children to contemporary experiences, foster their talents and nurture

    their inquisitiveness and interest in creation and innovation. They

    will need these skills to live the future we are preparing for them

    and to become the adults who will continue to pave the way for

    generations to come.

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