Jarche points out that “we should consider that, for all intents and purposes, the industrial era, including the information age, is over. We have entered the network era, and work will never be the same. What were considered good, dependable jobs in the 20th century are now getting either automated or outsourced.” He goes on to say that “the Internet enables hyper-competition, destroying geographical barriers for anything that can be digitized. This includes any information and visual products, from creative writing, to photography and video, to radiological images”. He emphasises that while “people still need to be trained and educated”, they will also need to learn to work in a “social, collaborative environment”.
Teachers who are lifelong learners will continuously upgrade their skills so they can function effectively in their everyday life and in their classrooms and encourage children to learn the skills they will need to work and communicate in the 21st century. While most children in Australia today are familiar with technology in their everyday life and engage in social networking, technology is constantly changing and new skills become necessary. With the amount of cyber-bullying that takes place, students need to learn how to communicate effectively with others and how to deal with online hostility. They also need to learn how to navigate safely on the Internet. Learning how to function in the social, collaborative environment in a classroom situation can prepare them for the their future employment that will require such skills.
With the introduction of Technologies in the Australian Curriculum in 2015, both Teachers and students will have more opportunities to develop their understanding of emerging technologies and develop ongoing ICT skills, creative design skills and collaborative networks that will prepare them for the future.