21st Century: new teaching strategies, but are the learners ready? Gabriel Rshaid – LAHC Conference 2009
Contents Challenges and Opportunities Conclusions The Course Becoming a 21 st Century Teacher 21 st Century Teaching Scenario
21 st Century Teaching & Learning Teachers Classroom Teachers need to relinquish their central role, tend to become facilitators. Classroom of the Future is more about teaching and learning than about technology. New Paradigm A completely new paradigm has transformed a pedagogy of poverty into infinite abundance.
Teaching in the 21st Century <ul><li>The implicit assumption is that as soon as we change our pedagogy, our students will be ready to embrace the new model. </li></ul><ul><li>Our students should be able to translate their everyday/social experiences using technology to formal learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Moment of truth: 21st Century pedagogy. </li></ul>
Information Technology in a Global Society <ul><li>ITGS is a technology-oriented subject that deals with the ethical and social impact of technology on individuals and society. </li></ul><ul><li>Course themes include Internet, telecommunications, software and hardware use, robotics and AI, applications of technology to businesses, education, art and entertainment. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are expected to demonstrate general technical competence, but mostly the ability to analyze impact of technology on individuals and society. </li></ul>
ITGS Premises Assessments graded when completed Blog with all lessons and activities Use of web-based publicly available resources All-Digital Open book scenario No textbook Minimize lecturing No papers allowed!
Course Objectives Mirror a real-life scenario with overabundance of unfiltered data Develop higher order skills: analysis, reflection, collaboration Apply IT skills to a formal learning environment INDEPENDENT LEARNERS
Assignments Tutorial creation Simulations Presentations Creation of MM content Assessment design
“ Metacognition” experiments Reflection Plan Synthesis Creation
Conclusions! Facebook, Email do create disruption, DADD??? Resist SE Lessons Activities Distractors 21 st Century Learning Difficulty in doing homework and time management. Students that adapt better. Gaming/ relevancy. Assessment of non conventional activities. FA & technology. Learners resist change Traditional view / unlearn What they study this way
Conclusions! 21 st C SKILLS SCHOOLS MUST TEACH THEM! Filtering Validation Relevancy Summarizing Critical Thinking Reflection MM Learning
Conclusions! MULTIMEDIA EXPRESSION Alphabetization Skill Creating MM Opportunity Cost Real Life Skill
What Students Say <ul><li>They prefer textbooks / spoon fed for “boring topics” enjoy real life scenario for those topics that interest them. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers who use technology tend to be the ones that care the most about their subjects, share the joy of learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Are quick to discern “cosmetic” use of technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Find open-book evaluation harder. </li></ul><ul><li>Want to play! </li></ul>
The Tipping Point… <ul><li>… when remaining as we are is more risky than changing. </li></ul><ul><li>To err on the side of caution implies CHANGING! </li></ul><ul><li>Missing skill in the 21st Century Skills Puzzle? </li></ul>
Challenges & Opportunities <ul><li>Teacher abandoning central role, modeling “confident uncertainty”, etc. but…. </li></ul><ul><li>It takes a profound leap of faith to embrace the model. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop 21 st Century learners, let them fly, unfold their arms. </li></ul>