The Future of Education: What knowledge and skills should a child have acquired by the age of 12?

Here is an other challenging question I had during my class: what skills 21st century children need to gain at the age of 12?

While working on Djazair Ta3mal, which is an employability portal launched by Silatech and Microsoft with an objective to empower job seekers in the Arab world with new skills, I came a cross a wide range of articles, reports and researches that highlighted the importance of communicating well, mastering MS Office and speaking more than a language. These were the top 3 abilities any job-hunter should have. But how about when and how to acquire them.

There is a global discussion on what future talent employees should look like and how to train them to meet the job market. Thus, international technology based corporates initiated a set of classroom learning requirement under the name of   21st century learning design. This latter, basically states that educators should encourage students to collaborate more with each other by keeping and effective communication channel and being self-regulated. Evidently,  the use of ICT in the class is as important as course books. Further to that, a released report in 2013 by IDC  defined the skills required for tomorrow’s best jobs. Where we will find almost all of children acquired know-how or competences that were said in today’s class.

If you are a teacher and would like to know more, here is a good course to get a better understanding on 21st learning design. All these pre-defined skills, may help teachers and or stakeholders to shape future courses so that would match with current or future needed citizens.

According to Sugata Mitra there is a general learning procedure: content, method and assessment. i.e., if we ask a child to pick up and apple from a tree there us surely a general background about the how and how to do it. Whether s/he can get the apple or not is the outcome that we – as parents, educators or citizens- will use to assess him/ her. This would lead to the way we will assess future learner, considering that there is a huge exam business that can be replaced but not left behind.

I would like to share with you some of my classmates’ tweets that are worth considering :



The Future of Learning : Privacy and Trust

We take for granted a lot of the set rules that stands on their own without being quested, school privacy is one of them. Surprisingly I found myself this afternoon asked to question if I trusted my former schools. Well there is no doubt the answer will be “yes”.  Would my parents and others’ parents rely on a more secured environment for their kids in educational places. I may disappoint you again if the answer is positive. The above isn’t a philosophical debate yet but worth exploring while discussing current learning changes mainly those related to VLE ( Virtual Learning Environment), e-learning or more generally to use of technology in school .

Most of us care about our online privacy  either when sending emails, registering to a new account or typing our bank number account. In relation to the latter, I’m dead sure that everytime you type on the ATM, you have this instant idea of ” is it secured” popping up in. So how about the use of technology while learning online. How much controle do we have on it? Is it safe for students and teachers ? Is it something we will have a control on, one day?

In a video by Audrey Watters the answer to the above questions were left open . Whether we like it or not that power in the cloud is data basing each an everything single thing we do, we say, we share and even hide up. The idea of creating a unique algorithm for each individual in the world to customise their online access security is yet not here in my humble opinion and may not happen in the next decade or so.

How much do we know about our online security?

In recent years there were a lot of groups in the US claiming that we are no longer digitally independent / safe. Government also reacted to their citizens’ safeness online. Thus, some of them just banned the use of for instance Facebook, Viber, Whatsapp and even some educational website while others are using it to try to handle people’s security offline and what best example as the Apple and FBI encryption dispute. But again, how many of us know about those online clauses when signing in?

Careless! This is how most of us , digital users, are when using technology. There is like a global trust towards the internet and all the palm devices that come with it. However, I do not want to sound like a paranoid blogger, thinking there is a Digital Power controlling my data and using it to its end.

What learners’ should know?

Education-wise, there are a number  of challenging factors to consider when using technology:

  1. It is global and has an infinite number of knowledgeable content
  2. It is easier, and quicker tool that gives on sport answers
  3. It is far more dynamic than coursebooks
  4. And it is something new!

          Online users’ gained perception of technology:

  1. Users have to accept online digital morals by consenting negligently to a list of clauses, without reading them – and it is the case when I signed to this blog ;O)
  2. Users are confident on the use of both digital gadgets
  3. And lastly users never doubted on the effectiveness of online recourses siding data processing

On a education level, most of the above inquiries where asked, however vaguely answered. There is obviously a lack of awareness about this daily gizmo that we use with learners inside the classroom. What is still pending is how the future of online security will help educators to teach with technology?



The Lady’s Bag: Quayside Market


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Managing expectations should be a rule when writing any trip tip online. I’ve googled flea markets in Newcastle and Quayside popped up as one of the nearest place I should go to. I’ve also looked it up online, it mostly said that it is a market where we can buy old things and find amazing others.

That was not the case! It more looked like those display places where farmers and craft people would have a stall and showcase their products or work to the public. So if you consider going their, please do not expect to see vintage objects.

Although I started my tour with a bitter taste but I sooner enjoyed finding out about  what type of vegetables are planted in North East of England and how creative are some handmade shirts and rings. The funniest part of my visit was when I found out that there is a fortune teller. Yes, you heard it right! There is a palm reader inside an old greenish, I bet  the colour was, with cold gypsy caravan. For a while I thought I’m in Spain.

Apart from that, I think going there is worth it because you can see all the bridges there are in River Tyne.

That’s all for today, I leave you with this picture of the Cheveners, a group of recently awarded scholars who came from different part of the world and are studying in Newcastle University.

Till then, enjoy every moment you have in life and peace out!


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The Lady’s Bag: Tynemouth


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Months ago I wanted to start a new video  ”reportage” called The Lady’s Bag. Aiming to share with you the amazing places I visit but give also best bits so you would know what to expect when traveling there too. For this time only, it would be a picture-based set of Tynemouth.

One of my top 5 aims while in Newcastle is to visit as many towns as possible in the UK and to start with this week, I’ve chosen Tynemouth a lovely seaside town located on the North East of England at about 22 minutes by metro from Newcastle city centre.


Tynemouth Metro Station


I admit that the main gate doesn’t look sexy and not even inviting but what’s life without some adventure!

Whenever you arrive at the Tynemouth stop  there is a nice set of glass roofed market which would surely capture your attention. As if time has stopped in the 19th century where steel was still used to build exhibition buildings like the Crystal Palace, the station has a flavour of that and even more.

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You may have guessed it by now, I’m mad about flea markets. I think it is the best place where you can see what is valuable for people and can get a bit of their history too.

I heard an aged woman on that same market saying that what was displayed is what used to be the most treasured . I can’t stop thinking on the reasons that pushed these sellers , if I may call them this way, to table their belongings. However, and without drama, most of them will welcome you with a nice warm smile and will provide you with any information or help you need in buying item.

You will find books, Jewells, clothes, artwork, plants, craft and handmade objects, vintage décor and local food stalls. It is every Saturday and Sunday from  9am and  4pm .



It took me more than 2 hours to tour around the market, but I then headed to the beach. On my way I couldn’t resist to get in the Gatehouse, an old benediction castle where Northumbrian kings are buried.

Gatehouse is amusingly a voluminous place where it is too evident that there were two main occupants. The landscape is a combination of old stoned castle ruins and cemetery standing in the middle of a beautiful green grass next to military cannons. It is till I accessed the mini museum I learnt that it was once used as a military base. It is very had to imagine how it was if there weren’t pictures. I was also fascinated how at one point in history the British army used this historical place and even destroyed a part of it for their owns aims. Afterwards, the end justifies the means, huh! But what is good about the Gatehouse is it has a stunning view on the see, a section of the town and the North Pier lighthouse.

If you would like to spend a good and relaxing  moment, then don’t be afraid of water!

The best moment I spent was on a bench at the top of the Longsands beach. It was a real pleasure to see surf coaches teaching youngsters how to use their surfboard, children screaming and playing with water, and dogs swimming and chasing birds.

I can’t forget for sure the view  from King Edward’s Bay. It looked like an oil painting landscape with grayish blue clouds on the top , patterned brick houses and flicking yellow dotted black – for humans – beach.

This is it for to day, stay curious and peace out!

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Get the Lingo Women ❤


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For more than 4 months from now, Get the Lingo is the only English show on Blida Radio that promotes fort the English language, culture and connects most Algerian English speakers diaspora.

Last month’s theme was abviously about women. Click here to listen to N° 14 of Get the Lingo.



A Tour in Biskra


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Biskra I didn’t go in spring, though everybody was recommending this period to visit Biskra. It was a business trip so did not really have to choose between the months. And while there, the only thing I wanted to do is to blog about it. I couldn’t resist writing about a town in Algeria that has more than 6 sightseeing places. It was just the perfect place to be in.


Biskra cuisine is very spicy. Harissa, a hot chili papper paste, is called the queen of the table. You can find other ingredients like tiny red / green hot chili papper that can make you forget that you have a mouth for a while. Of course you can decide on whether to have a medium or very spicy meal when ordering.

Several dishes are known in this region, you have: Chakhechoukha, Tchicha Mermez, Tchicha Frik, Mehadjeb, Hasew, and the famous Dobara. Most of them have the same base, Rogage, and are served either with a red souce and wheat or a white souce with vegitables. If you would like to do the Rogage here is a simple  tutorial which can guide you through the steps. The Dobara however is a mixture of Harissa, olive oil, tomatoes, fava beans or chickpeas, and some spices all cooked together to get a very healthy meal.

It is very common to have a palm leaf cup covered with cade oil (El Gatrane) on your table. I have learnt that it keeps water cool and clean but also increase your appetit


One word you should keep in mind when there is “Kan Ya Makan”.  This latter is a new traditional restaurant that recently opened in Biskra. The owner, Banouna, wanted to recreate the same traditional flavours of his town’s famous food.

I heard a lot of stories about why the owner wanted to start a business. Some told me that he has two wives who were very good at cooking and due to their success he decided to open a resto.

But I prefered to ask him. Benouna said that his wife once cooked Mehadjeb and sent her elder son to sell them in a public café. The flat stuffed bread was so delicious that people where asking for more. Then with time he thought of opening a restaurant.

To be continued

Nice WordPress 2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 490 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Civic Education through Language Teaching


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I was working on writing a manual for trainer on how to teach civic education through the ELT, for the last 5 months. It was a bit challenging because I had to adapt it to the Algerian context and needs.

Teaching civic education thourgh the English or any other language is theme of the booklet. It has two sections, a blue one about civic topics like leadership and time management which I think are quite inportant for youth today. The orange one is more about workshops planning and what trainers should consider before during and after the sessions.

Quite handy and brief, it further provides printables for the trainees. Of course any educator can adapt them to his/ her community needs.

Now it is done, I more interested towards getting some feedback inoder to sharpen my experience in writing and try to give more in the future.

If you would like to read my manual, Civic Education through Language Teaching, please clich here.

Civic education through Language Teaching

My First Radio Presetation


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On 21st October 2014, I went to record the first English based radio show, Get the Lingo, on Blida radio for 100% Chabab.

The presentation goes covers famous English expressions, and words. It also deals with some practical tips to learn languages. At the end of each show there is a story with a moral. It aims to introduce the listeners to the various cultural dimensions.

Get the Lingo Logo

Should I say that I was sressed and spend more than 2 hours in the studio. I am sure I will learn a lot of things from this radio experience. Next time I use my Gopro to film how it goes in the studio.

Here is the link to my first show.

So stay tuned and peace out ;O)