Although schools have expertise in providing high quality education and supporting students gain entry to quality universities around the world, the challenge ahead of us, is that while this has been highly effective up until recent years, that this no longer meets the needs for todays learners who will graduate university in the next 8 to 20 years. Half of today’s jobs will disappear to automation and replaced by jobs that we cannot imagine. The Information and technology revolution has changed the role of knowledge and low thinking skills in jobs. The highly sought after jobs of the future will require creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills, high level complex thinking and problem solving skills and highly refined human qualities of EQ and skills such as communication, collaboration, negotiation and intercultural intelligence.
Innova Academy embraces this challenge drawing on current best practice and leading research to incorporate the skills of the future and develop the personal qualities to needed in a rapidly changing age.
One of the basic new literacies of the 21st century is technological literacy and as with other literacies they need to be applied every day in all learning. Innova Academy is a forward thinking skill in the use of technology and systems to enrich and personalize learning as well as to continue to provide students with the communication, collaboration and production skills, attitudes and modes of working today and in the future that will be expected as basic skills.
Authentic interdisciplinary learning opportunities are provided to help engage students and are learning engaging and meaningful. Design thinking is encouraged throughout this and opportunities provided for engaging in team based problem based learning. Students are encouraged to seek problems and opportunities and find unique and solutions and apply entrepreneurial action to share their solutions with others, at home and globally
A growth mindset is encouraged and creativity and innovation as habits of mind are encouraged throughout all programmes. Time is allocated regularly, with the support of teacher mentors and coaches for students to follow their passions, extend their learning and experiment in areas of interest.
In our technologically centric age, Innova Academy recognizes the importance if STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) and offers strong programmes throughout the IB structure. In addition Maker Spaces are provided to undertake interdisciplinary projects.
The learning environment is designed to embrace different modalities of learning and to reflect contemporary world of work environments to promote creativity, collaboration and allow for project work – these include shared work spaces for individual and team work and media and editing studios video conferencing.