UKEdMag: What does the 4th Industrial Revolution mean for schools? by @mrnamvas

By Nam Thanh – This article originally appeared in Issue 48 of the UKEd Magazine. Click here to view.

The 4th Industrial Revolution has created tremendous change, affecting many areas of life and socio-economy, and this is the challenge of the education sector in the training of human resources for new demands of society. The current industrial revolution of 4.0 is the connection between the real world and the virtual world through advanced technology, through the creativity and innovation of human beings. Now machines have “memorization power” through a large database and the ability to “think logically” to handle most of the problems in the field that the machine does. The fourth revolution is creating many opportunities and challenges for all schools around the world.

How does industrial revolution 4.0 affect the activities of schools? Fundamentally, the activities of schools still ensure the core values are the quality of training to meet the needs of the society. But with the 4th Industrial Revolution, societies are increasingly demanding and demanding different and more rigorous, so schools must be creative and flexible in every activity.

In the 4th Industrial Revolution, no one talks about qualifications, people will be judged on the value they bring to society, regardless of qualifications, regardless of origin. Future teachers will have to teach students how to self-study, self-thinking, self-improvement. Employees will become global citizens and emulate anytime, anywhere. In this revolution, each of us must move, change. Especially no one can stand outside this revolution, if not follow it will be left behind.

Facing the rapid changes in science and technology, teaching methods must change, every cadre, teachers, students must determine that learning is a lifelong goal, learning anytime, anywhere. Geographic distance, space and time have been blurred. The teaching is no longer in the traditional way with chalk, board, pen and paper that can be made on electronic devices.

In addition, a backward education program will not create the right people for the future. Instead, this people can only be created by a liberal education.

This revolution also places great demands on transforming teacher roles – the transmission of knowledge in a traditional way to the catalytic and coordinating role. Teachers must be technology oriented and responsible not only for teaching but also for learning. They have to take into account the needs of each student in a heterogeneous classroom, creating a student-centered learning environment that enhances creativity, curiosity, and learning motivation. Teacher roles have been changing from teacher to mentor, mentoring, coaching, and creating learning environments. The value of the teacher is not lecture but a guide, the catalyst to help students to orient themselves in learning. The role of teachers shifted to a new, broader and broader definition to meet the needs of the learning community.

As a productive teacher in the digital age, teachers must improve teaching methods and not only cultivate the professionalism of new inventions in order to meet the requirements of teaching in the digital age.


Mr. Nam Thanh @mrnamvas is a primary school teacher in Vinschool in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has been nationally and internationally recognised for the implementation of creativity and the integration of technology into his teaching. Nam is the founder of the global project Five Safe Finger. He is the winner of Educator of the Year Asia 2017 and Top 50

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