21st Century Learner Reflections
We have left the 20th
Century where students sat passively at their desk listening to the teacher
lecture all day. They learned how to read, write, and effectively communicate
ideas. These are important still today, but the way in which students learn has
changed because of all the technological advances that have occurred. Students
no longer are required to just read a book and accept and memorize what it
says. Today, students are to actively become engaged in the content to
understand how things work and why.
Today, 21st Century learning is about
preparing teachers to actively engage students to use their learning and innovation skills through digital literacy, critical
thinking, and problem solving. Students are grasping these skills
through collaboration and inquiry-based learning using technology that
will encourage children to learn. The purpose of using technology is to
prepare students for what lies ahead after graduation in our
technological driven society. Teachers are no longer the main source for
information but only the filter. Teachers now are leading students to
learn how to understand and validate the information that they are
being bombarded on the internet with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, cell
phones, You Tube, newspaper, television, etcetera. Students are encouraged
to ask questions and then shown how to find the solutions to their queries
by actively participating in activities that incorporate technology.
Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner/MacArthur Foundation Video
The main subjects for the 21st Century learner that students are to master are English, reading or language arts, World languages,Arts, Mathematics, Economics, Science, Geography, History, and Government, and Civics.Learning and Innovations skills creativity and innovation, critical and problem solving, communication and collaboration.
One aspect of creativity that is encouraged in 21st Century students is an idea creation technique called brain storming. Students are encouraged to create original and fresh ides of both incremental and radical concepts. Students will increase and improve their creative genius when they elaborate, refine, analyze their original ideas. When students work creatively with others they develop, implement and communicate new ideas.
Students are to learn through teamwork with other students as teachers
lead the students to plan, research, and introduce their presentations
and projects. The use of computers does not mean everything will go
smoothly as computers do malfunction. Teachers must continually assess
each student's individual learning to examine deficiencies that may
exist in his or her teaching approach. Students should be taught to be
patient with others and with his or her self. Working together as a team
to solve a problem is a positive learning experience that will follow
the students all their lives.
Informative link on 21st Century Learners:
Framework for the 21st Century Learner
http://www.p21.org/overview/skills-frameworkCharacteristics of the 21st Century Learner
21st Century Clip Art:
Flexible Learning Paths,Clip Art: