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21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning






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  • In a crosswalk of 21st century skills by Hanover Research, it is stated that the American school system is failing to adequately equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to society. So, we need to ask “What skills are needed to contribute in society?” and furthermore, “How can we as educators fulfill this need of our students?”
  • Prior to the 21st century, technology was much simpler. Normally lectures were delivered from the front of a classroom and notes were on a chalkboard. We didn’t have computers in every classroom or even every home. If we wanted to learn something we had to look in a book or find an article in a journal or magazine! It never ceases to amaze me when a student asks me what it was like to not have a cell phone. I simply reply, “Much quieter in a restaurant!”
  • The modern learners have integrated technology into their everyday life! But, they are not robots! We are not programmed to know how to text, share, like, or even post/blog/tweet! We all need to learn how to do this. We need to be taught certain skills to participate within this community of 21st century learners.
  • 21st century learners need to be able to collaborate with other learners. Learning is no longer linear. We learn from multiple resources at the same time. Part of this learning is collaborating with other learners toward a common goal of learning a subject. For example: say we want to learn how a computer works. We can start by simply entering a search into an online search engine and we will find millions of results related to how a computer works.

21st Century Learning 21st Century Learning Presentation Transcript

  • Module 1 Overview the of technologyfacilitated learning and communication and the it can have.
  • Before the 21st Century – we used simpler technology to learn!
  • Modern learners have integrated computers and technology into their everyday life! But they are not robots!
  • Integrating new ideas into our existing view of the world is basic to our cognitive development. Piaget named three processes we use when we learn at any age: assimilation, accommodation, equilibra tion. These process affect how we create and modify schema – our mental representations of our external world.
  • Learning is, in fact, a social process according to Vygotsky. Learning happens best in community… Vygotsky stressed the role of community in “meaning making.” He asserted that social interaction is the foundation of learning… So when emerging technologies tap into…
  • “Whether a high school graduate plans to enter the workforce directly, or attend a vocational school, community college, or university, it is a requirement to be able to think critically, solve problems, communicate, collaborate, find good information quickly, and use technology effectively. These are today’s survival skills.”
  • Today’s students must learn information, media, and technology skills as part of their education.
  • What are emerging Technologies? “…tools, concepts, innovations, and advancements utilized in diverse educational settings (including distance, face-to-face, and hybrid forms of education) to serve varied education-related purposes (e.g., instructional, social, and organizational goals).” They are CONSTANTLY EVOLVING, SUBJECT TO “HYPE CYCLES,”
  • “What do we do in a world where change happens faster than ever before?”
  • st 21 • • • • • Century Learners Need to be able to understand computing Need to be able to create Need to be able to multi-learn – “Multi-task Learning” Need to be able to collaborate Need to be self-motivated
  • Computing – The Power to Learn Fast!
  • Multi-Task Learning Multi – WHAT? The ability to follow several threads on a single topic at the same time.
  • References Emerging Technologies in Distance Education 21st Century Knowledge and Skills in Educator Preparation