Hava Vidergor, senior lecturer, Gordon Academic College of Education
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Learning In Future Thinking Societies (LIFTS) Center
What is Learning In Future Thinking Societies (LIFTS) Center?
LIFTS Centers applying the Multidimensional Curriculum Model will help students realize their potential, practicing project and problem based learning, inquiry, developing scientific, creative and future thinking in communities of learning. Each student can progress and develop in an up-to-date personalized environment using relevant technologies.
The MdCM was developed based on my vast experience as a teacher and recognition that students need to be challenged, taught differently, and deserve to be better prepared for our constantly changing world. Research on the MdCM's effectiveness has shown gains in thinking skills in general, and especially future thinking, knowledge, learning strategies and motivation compared to traditional learning.
The LIFTS Center offering a flexible blended learning environment, is the up-to-date space enabling such learning. While learning students work in different settings of groups, as well as reach out to the community sharing knowledge and ideas. Projecting them selves into the future (near or far) according to their choice, envisioning the development of an issue/product/phenomenon from the past to the present, understanding processes connections between processes, and looking for trends, students will acquire future thinking literacy. This innovative way of thinking and teaching in a suitable LIFTS environment constitutes the meaningful learning equipping students with the much needed skills and cognitive abilities to prepare and cope with the future.