Education Technology Promotes Skills for the Future

Educators and administrators are adapting to a world where students learn in different environments, in different ways. New tools and techniques create immersive learning environments that nurture the mindsets and skill sets students need for jobs in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.1 2 3

Building Skills for Innovation

Education technology (EdTech) is a powerful tool to connect students with learning opportunities. At Intel, we see the potential for using technology in the classroom to help students learn the skills necessary for the Fourth Industrial Revolution job market.

The Intel® Skills for Innovation (Intel® SFI) framework envisions a world in which students learn the skills necessary to traverse the shifting landscape of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Here, they are empowered to be innovators as they prepare for, imagine, and create the jobs of the future.

To help bring this vision to reality, Intel will work with education leaders across the globe. We’ll help ensure teachers and students have access to the technologies and tools they need to meet the challenges of a changing world:

  • Empower students to become the innovators of tomorrow: Educators can integrate technology into their programs and lesson plans to build the skills of the future and help students develop cognitive, technical, and social-emotional skills. The right technology tools let students practice skill-building activities anytime, anywhere. These tools help students analyze, evaluate, and create using information as they learn, develop advanced skills, and prepare for the jobs of the future.
  • Enable educators to integrate technology, skill building, and higher-order thinking in their teaching: The Intel® Skills for Innovation (Intel® SFI) framework helps educators integrate technology to embrace new ways of teaching from any location and to adapt instructional technology to meet future needs. Reliable, high-performance technology tools give educators peace of mind, so they can focus on their students rather than worrying about technology.
  • Establish learning environments for the future of work: Models for adopting and integrating technology help create physical and virtual spaces that empower students to reach their full potential, master future-ready skills, and be ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Skills for Innovation in an Evolving Job Market

We have entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With it comes a world where change is the only constant. McKinsey forecasts that by 2030, up to 30 percent of the hours worked globally today could be automated.4 Remote work has spiked in popularity, creating demand for new types of skills.

Our educational systems are tasked with preparing young people for a job market with an almost universal demand for technology skills. An increased emphasis on creativity and higher-order thinking skills fosters innovation and differentiates humans from machines.

The future will demand a range of skills that include:5

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Active learning and learning strategies
  • Creativity, originality, and initiative
  • Technology design and programming
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Complex problem solving
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Reasoning, problem solving, and ideation
  • Systems analysis and evaluation

Using technology to access and consume content in and outside the classroom is no longer enough. Students will need devices, tools, and training to understand, analyze, problem solve, and ultimately create solutions never imagined before. As a global leader in technology and innovation, Intel is committed to working with decision-makers and educational leaders worldwide to address these challenges.

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4James Manyika, Susan Lund, Michael Chui, et al., “Jobs lost, jobs gained: What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 28, 2017,
5The Future of Jobs Report 2018, World Economic Forum, 2018,