Thank you – I am so excited to be here with the TUANZ team and to help bring awareness to their mission of advocating for better broadband access in New Zealand. Unfettered, reasonable broadband access for everyone needs to be a top priority for New Zealand as we move into teaching and learning in the 21 st Century. Don’t you agree? And I am pleased to be here with you to think through all the wonderful ways we can use that access to prepare our students for being successful in the 21 st Century. The world is certainly flat is it not? It is amazing how many similarities I am finding between my country and yours. So many passions that drive us as educators are exactly the same. However, I did have a bit of trouble in trying to work my way through some of the local lingo in preparing to come. Togs= frogtoggs, tiger togs finally-- aqua jammies, bathing costume, = bathing suit Phone card at the dairy taking me out to tea Fast talking…felt right at home…made perfect sense why you would need a full stop rather than the weak little period we use. But there is one language we are all speaking- and that is the language of the 21 st Century…
Schooling for the 21st Century: Unleashing Student Passion
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from this conference </li></ul><ul><li>it will be an evolving resource </li></ul><ul><li>feel free to add to it </li></ul><ul><li>Conference blog http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/tuanz/ </li></ul><ul><li>please weigh in on the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Comment and point to your own blog </li></ul><ul><li>Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.21stcenturycollaborative.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog / </li></ul>Virtual Handout
<ul><li>What do you need to
know, when most of recorded knowledge is a mouse-click away? </li></ul>In light of this…what do students still need to memorize?
<ul><li>How do we prepare our
students for jobs that don’t yet exist- - </li></ul>using technologies that haven’t yet been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet?
Are you Ready for 21st
Century Teaching and Learning? It isn’t just “coming”… it has arrived! And schools who aren’t redefining themselves, risk becoming irrelevant in preparing students for the future.
<ul><li>Some statistics- </li></ul><ul><li>- 1 billion
people on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>57 million blogs, 1.7 million posts </li></ul><ul><li>a day. </li></ul><ul><li>50 new blog sites created every minute </li></ul><ul><li>“ None of the top 10 jobs that will exist in 2010 exist today." -- Richard Riley , (Former US Sec. of Ed.) </li></ul>A Changing World
Currently, the number of text
messages sent and received every day exceeds the population of the planet. Remote Control for Your Life Think of the number of cell phones that are Internet capable! Imagine with me how we can leverage that accessibility in the classroom! But NOT just for email or surfing the Web– mobile learning, when it truly arrives will be a way to do things we couldn’t do before.
It is estimated that 1.5
exabytes (1.5 x 1018) of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year. That’s estimated to be more than in the previous 5,000 years. Knowledge Creation
For students starting a four-year
technical or higher education degree, this means that . . . half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.
What Do We Mean by
21st Century Learning ? Source: AASA Year Long Study: Preparing Schools and School Systems for the 21 st Century 16 Major Characteristics of Schools and School Systems Capable of Preparing Students for a Global -Knowledge/Information Age
Creativity Creativity is now as
important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status. If you're not prepared to be wrong then you will never come up with anything original. We don't grow into creativity we grow out of it, or rather, we get educated out of it.
Time Travel Lewis Perelman, author
of School's Out (1992). Perelman argues that schools are out of sync with technological change: . ..the technological gap between the school environment and the "real world" is growing so wide, so fast that the classroom experience is on the way to becoming not merely unproductive but increasingly irrelevant to normal human existence (p.215). Seymour Papert (1993) In the wake of the startling growth of science and technology in our recent past, some areas of human activity have undergone megachange. Telecommunications, entertainment and transportation, as well as medicine, are among them. School is a notable example of an area that has not (p.2).
<ul><li>Born in or after 1982
</li></ul><ul><li>Technology means MP3, PDA, Phones that do it all </li></ul><ul><li>Daily communication involves- cell phones, text messaging, IMing, Blogs, and Email </li></ul><ul><li>Academically diverse </li></ul><ul><li>Consumed by extra curricular activites </li></ul><ul><li>Thrive on group interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Tinkerers </li></ul><ul><li>Family Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Ethically and racially diverse </li></ul>Millennials…
Millennials Want to Learn… <ul><li>With
technology </li></ul><ul><li>With one another </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>In their own time </li></ul><ul><li>In their own place </li></ul><ul><li>Doing things that matter </li></ul>