A summary of topic one (1), prepared by Renee Williams
The 21st Century Learnerhttps://www.google.com.jm/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=667&q=cartoons+on+technology+in+the+classr&oq=cartoons+on+technology+in+the+classr&gs_l=img.3..0.965.9656.0.107220.127.116.11.10.10.0.365.4812.0j3j9j6.18.0...0.0.0..1ac.1.17.img
The 21st Century Learner21stCenturyLearnersCollaboratorsCreative ThinkersProblem SolversTechnologistsSelf-directed learnersInformation users andproducershttp://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky-ChangingParadigms-01-EdTech.pdf
21st Century Skills Creativity and innovation Critical thinking and problem solving Communication and collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy ICT Literacy Flexibility and adaptability Initiative and self direction Social and cross cultural skills Productivity and accountability leadership and responsibility
Acquiring 21st century skills Students must be able to experience skills and see howthese skills are applicable to their lives Facilitator must explicitly teach and/or model skills forlearners Students must be provided with opportunities topractise 21st century skills Skills learnt should be revisited. Students must beenabled to see the value of skills for lifelong learning Students must understand and be a part of theassessment of the skilss being developed
Let us get the FACT! Educators who seek to facilitate the acquisition of 21stcentury skills in 21st century classrooms must be:FacilitatorsAssessorsCollaboratorsTechnologists
Using Formative Assessment Formative assessment is on-going assessment usedbefore and during a period of instruction. Its benefitsinclude:Higher learning gainsAchievement of improved test scoresImproved achievementImmediate feedbackStudent empowermentSocial development
Using Summative Assessment Summative assessment is assessment used at the endof a period of instruction. Some benefits of summativeassessment include:Provided insight into students understandingHelps teachers to plan future workProvides a final grade to show students achievementCan be used to assess performances(presentations, skills demonstration, artistic/ Creativeperformance) or products(reports, designs, construction pieces or essays)
Juxtaposing the 20th and 21st CenturyClassroom20th Century Classroom 21st Century Classroom Teacher Centred Time Based Memorization of facts Facilitates development oflower level thinking skills Activities are text bookdriven Student centred orcollaborative in orientation Outcome Based Meaningful relevant learning Facilitates the developmentof lower and higher levelthinking skills Activities are research drivenhttp://www.21stcenturyschools.com/20th_vs_21st_Century_Classroom.htm
Juxtaposing the 20th and 21st CenturyClassroom20th Century Classroom 21st Century Classroom Individual competitivelearning encouraged Teacher is the dictator Students autonomy restricted Expectation of passes andfailures Teacher is the judge Group collaborative learningencouraged Teacher is the facilitator Greater levels of studentautonomy Measures put in place tofacilitate success Students and parents canparticipate in assessmenthttp://www.21stcenturyschools.com/20th_vs_21st_Century_Classroom.htm
Juxtaposing the 20th and 21st CenturyClassroom20th Century Classroom 21st Century Classroom Curriculum divorced fromthe students Diversity is ignored Focus is on reading, writingand arithmetic Focuses on Summativeassessment Curriculum linked to thestudents and theirexperiences Diversity is acknowledgedand differentiation facilitated The concept of multipleintelligence is acknowledgedand a variety of areas andactivities are focused on Focuses on formativeassessmenthttp://www.21stcenturyschools.com/20th_vs_21st_Century_Classroom.htm
Brain Teaser As a teacher facilitating 21st centurylearners, how would you respond the followingquestions?How do I educate students for their future?How do I facilitate learning more than the“what” in my classroom?
Brain TeaserHow do I integrate technology to facilitatemeaningful learning?How do I develop “life skills” in the studentswith whom I interact?How do I encourage students to beinnovators instead of mere follower?How do I make learning an enjoyable andauthentic experience?
ConclusionLearners are changing and so educational practitionersmust be equipped to facilitate this change in theirclassrooms and in the learners they facilitate. One areain which educators must be ready to facilitate change isin the area of assessment. Assessment can no longer be atest at the end, instead it must become a continuousprocess that will facilitate the holistic development ofthe 21st century learner.
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