World Future Forum 2019

World Future Forum 2019 took place on April 25 and 26, 2019 at the historic Palmer House in downtown Chicago. With around 150 educators, researchers and educational leaders from around the world, World Future Forum provided a platform for research and discussions on topics such as college transition and persistence, workforce skills and demands, academic preparation for college readiness, and technology and innovation in education. The conference included panel discussions, round-table discussions, poster sessions and breakout sessions based on research papers and best practices. View the slideshows presented at the poster and breakout sessions on the #WFF2019 Archive.

“I really think that everyone should think about putting this on their schedule for next year because you really get a wealth of information. I love the diversity here. It is just great, and I think this is a very good thing to have. Everything is just very good!” – Barbara Primm, Ph.D. Department Chairperson of General Education at Ranken Technical College

“In this context of tremendous change, sharing ideas is critical for getting people across school systems, across the nation, across states, and really across the world to identify what might work for them in their environment.” – John Klatt, Ph.D. Assistant Dean for Student Development in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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The two-day conference was organized by Future Institute, a non-profit educational organization that supports high school graduates as they embark on the next stages of their lives in college and careers, and spearheaded by the Future Institute Research Center, which plans and conducts rigorous research, disseminates the findings leading to data driven decision making and supports graduate student research.

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Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom

Interesting facts about technology from Orleans Marketing Group.

With technology advancing every day, it is not  surprise that technology is creating big changes in education. Incorporating technology in the classroom is now part of the curricula and many schools have gone from having a computer lab for the whole school to providing tablets to each student. As we mentioned before, there is a heated debate about technology in the classroom. Here are both sides of this discussion:

Technology in Education


  • Makes learning fun – There are countless of resources for enhancing education that teachers can experiment with such as videos and online polls.
  • Ensures participation – Shy students that are not inclined to participate can feel more comfortable participating via technology. Students are also able to learn at their own pace.
  • Improves technological skills – Students get familiar with technology that is essential in life nowadays. It is a great way to prepare students to be part of the digital world.
  • Accommodates to all students – Including special needs students, technology provides different resources that fit every learning style.
  • Provides access to the latest information – The students do not need outdated books which cost the schools lots of money every couple of years.
  • Helps teachers be more efficient – Teachers can have instant feedback when giving students online quizzes and gets rid of monotonous tasks. It is also easier to manage students’ progress.


  • Distracts students – Students use the technology for other purposes, such as social media and video games, instead of learning.
  • Facilitates cheating – Students can be tempted to “Google” an answer or access notes in online quizzes.
  • Sacrifice students’ social skills – Instead of communicating with each other, the classroom can limit interaction between peers.
  • Creates barriers  between students – This can cause a divide between students whose families cannot afford the technology and those who can.
  • Delivers inaccurate information – The internet hosts many unreliable sources that can be edited and modified by anyone.
  • Makes lesson planning difficult – Adapting technology can become overwhelming for teachers due to the numerous options available. Doing proper research on all products and software is also very important.

Join us at World Future Forum for more research findings and best practices on Technology and Innovation in Education!

Technology & Innovation in Education

The debate on technology in the classroom ​is heated. However, whether you are in favor of a high technology presence in the ​high school and college ​curricula or not, it’s clear that technology is increasingly integrating itself into academics.​ So what does this mean for our students? In April, we will discuss the pros and cons of technology, different ways technology is being used in the classrooms and more. For now, take a look at this very interesting video created by Deloitte. More in-depth information can be found here.

Deloitte’s first digital education survey:


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Making the Best of College

As we have mentioned many times before, transitioning from high school to college is a big change for students. This can be intimidating, but it can also open up the door to self-improvement by being involved in campus activities and establishing new relationships with peers. Here are a few videos from students to students that can help incoming students make the best out of their college life.

Being involved:

Establishing new relationships:

Not only do these opportunities make college more fun and less stressful, they also help students grown and prepare them for a successful life after college!

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Managing Relationships

Attending college is a big change for students. Students will now be responsible for attending class, doing homework, and studying in a completely different environment and schedule than high school. This is a busy time for students to become more independent and become adults. Whether a student moves cross-country for college or commutes to college from their parents’ place the communication with their old friends and family will be affected. Here are a few tips on how students can manage their relationships with their families and friends:

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Increased Freedom

For most students, going to college also means moving out from their parents’ home. Being away from home means that their parents will no longer be able to “bug” them or tell them what to do. They will experience increased freedom, and this can be exciting and a bit intimidating at the same time. It is up to them to be disciplined enough to make personal decisions and choices that they never had to deal with before. Consequently, students can feel stressed, depressed or get easily distracted by other things instead of focusing on their education.

Two main areas students should focus on, especially during this time, are to be responsible and manage their time effectively. Being responsible is as simple as attending class and paying attention, not being afraid to ask questions, doing all assignments promptly, studying for exams and going to office hours if need be. Simple ways to improve time management can include creating a calendar with your schedule and assignment deadlines. This is a great way to complete school responsibilities and also allow time for self-care, relaxation, and socializing which is also very important.

The animated video below provides students with helpful tips on how to become more disciplined and making good choices.

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Post-High School Challenges

Most​ college ​freshmen​ face​ different degrees of “campus culture shock​” when starting their higher education​. ​New college students are coping with social changes and ​a ​more rigorous​ course schedule than they have ever experienced.​ They are also faced with the new challenge of independence and self-motivation. Additionally, some students ​face​ other challenges ​such as ​language barriers, financial struggles, and social anxiety.

These challenges are not new at all. Just a few months before entering college, high school students were required to ask for a permission just to go to the restroom. In college, students can decide on their own whether or not they attend class. It is a big change and more times than not our students are not prepared for this whole new world.

In this month’s blog posts we will discuss tackling increased freedom, handing new and old relationships, adapting to the new environment and how educators can help students battle these post-high school challenges.

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Transferable Skills

According to the IFTF (Institute for the Future), the workplace is changing drastically due to the developing technology, economy, environment, and politics. This can sound intimidating. How can your students prepare for a new work environment?  No need to fear, here are ten transferable skills that will help your students (and you) have an advantage no matter  their career field!

Click on the blue text below to learn more about each transferable skill:

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Evolving Environment

As we have mentioned throughout this month, the workforce is rapidly changing and it is only expected to continue changing in the upcoming years. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2006, the total labor force is expected to grow 0.6 percent per year from 2016 to 2026. This evolving environment brings forth a vibrant collaboration that encourages change and new ideas. Here are some changes that the workplace can expect within the next couple of years as explained by Deloitte.

Age groups 65 and above are projected to increase exponentially within the next couple of years. The main cause of this is the very low birth rate as Millennials are focused on their career instead of start families.

It is no doubt that the workplace is becoming more diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual preference and identification, etc. As you will see, Hispanics are projected to have the fastest rate of growth in the labor force and the percentage of whites in the workforce were projected to decline slightly.

In recent years, more people have pursued higher education, which includes young adults and middle-aged individuals who have decided to acquire credentials.

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Employment Types

As mentioned in our previous blog post, we are currently facing a transforming landscape of the workforce. Full-time salaried jobs are decreasing. According to NPR, 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract, and it is expected that within a decade contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce.

Here is a list of some types of employment that are changing our work environment:

  • Full-time contracts are the most common employment type. These contracts are for permanent positions working around 40 hours per week. Workers get paid a salary or hourly wage and allow holidays off, personal time off, vacations and parental leave.
  • Part-time contracts are very similar to full-time contracts; however, workers work for less hours a week and have a more flexible schedule.
  • Fixed-term contracts are for a specific amount of time and usually are based on a certain project being done. Workers get same benefits as permanent contracts and are likely to be extended to a permanent contract.
  • Temporary contracts are similar to fixed-term contracts; however, they are usually not expected to become permanent employees.
  • Temp agency workers are hired by staffing agencies and are also usually paid by the staffing agencies. The agencies are responsible for the worker’s benefits. This employment can eventually lead to a permanent position.
  • Freelance/contractor employees are basically self-employed and are responsible for their own benefits. They manage their own schedule and only work for a set amount of time or until a project is completed.

So why is employment becoming more flexible? The Millennial Effect states that millennial employees want a job that allows them to better manage their work-life balance. Employees also want opportunities to expand and work on various projects. Additionally, technological advances make it easier for employees to work remotely or handle multiple tasks at once. Therefore, these employers save resources such as office space, time and money. It is a win-win scenario for both employees and employers.

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