Sunday, September 18, 2011

Check this video production that addresses the skill set for 21st Century learners. Leave your response after viewing the presentation.


Christine said...

This was a very interesting video. My principal has been throwing around the term "21st century teacher" and "21st century classroom" for the last few months. One might even say it has become a running joke among my colleagues. Each teacher was instructed to design a 21st century classroom as one of our goals for the new school year... without being told exactly what a 21st century classroom looks like.

With that being said, this video helps remind me exactly what being a 21st century is about. The teacher takes a role guiding the students, learning from them AND teaching them, rather than being the focus point of the classroom. Being a young teacher, this comes easy to me. While there are certain things I feel that my students absorb with more efficiency through my explicit instruction, I do make an effort to pair it with collaborative group work and project based learning.

One of the most interesting comments this video makes is that technology is a part of this generation's nervous system. I feel that way about myself, sometimes. Technology has always been there throughout my education that it seems inevitable to impart this knowledge on my students.

What does everyone else think? What about the comment the video makes regarding computers on our fingertips or in our scalps? 2020 is not that far away!

Deb Schultz said...

I thought this video was very interesting. The question raised regarding the "21st century classroom" is a very valid question as we attempt to prepare our students for the future. There is a huge need for technology integrated into the classroom. There is so much information that students can tap into, it's mind boggling.
There is a huge need for schools to teach not only technology as but also how to use it properly. (ethics). We would be doing a disservice to our students if we don't "keep up with the times". More and more jobs require employees to be proficient with computer skills. I think it is sad when the students are more "techno savvy" than the teachers.
I think "collaborative group work and project based learning" are great, and why not share it and work together with another group from a school in a different country. It would be a great experience. Many of my students have not been outside of our city/ would certainly open their horizons.
A comment made in the video and the other post about "computers on our fingertips or in our scalps" is hard for me to wrap my brain around. However, take the cell phone for example, and how big it was (in size). Now it is small and thin, you can make a call, text, email,get GPS directions, download music, games, surf the net...I suppose maybe that is not too far fetched.

The Torg said...

I find myself short on tech knowledge and usually having tech questions. What did you edit this on? How did the graphics appear? How did you film the teachers talking? :) I've got more but I'll cut myself off.

Chandler P said...

Education has shifted with the introduction of technology to be so much more comprehensive. Students are no longer made to memorize facts from a book, but they are afforded the opportunity to learn first hand information using more than just textbooks.

This video shows just how important it is for teachers to know how to teach to children that have had the internet available to them their entire lives. They have never known a time without it, and depend on it for research and educational material in classrooms, as well as socializing in their free time. To leave out using the internet as an educational tool would be irresponsible, and would ultimately lead to students becoming disinterested in the material.

Disinterest is not the only concern however. It used to be that all information that could be learned was to be found in books, and it was the teachers duty to make sure that students knew how to access this information. Now, information exists online, shared real-time by the people doing real research. This affords students with the opportunity to learn from the experts, and share their thoughts and feelings on the subject.

The benefits are not only for the students. The teacher's ability to craft lessons asking the correct questions raises the competency of the teachers in a time where teacher competency is so important. In these 21st century classrooms, teachers join students in the learning community, simply guiding as opposed to lecturing students.

Technology in the classroom is only going to be improving in the coming years, and the involvement of this technology in the classroom is going to become ever more crucial to a complete education of all students. The possibilities of a creative classroom are endless, and education can become truly exciting for students on a variety of different levels.

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