Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.
The development of 21st-century skills begins early-we would argue as early as 18 months old. Which is why the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) advocates for the integration of 21st-century skills (anchored in the 4Cs: critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity) in early learning experiences for young children in order to build the skills they need not only when entering school, but also in life.
Preparing a child for the world that doesn’t yet exist is not an easy task for any teacher. Step back and look at that picture from a broad perspective. What are the critical 21st-century skills every learner needs to survive and succeed in our world?
Shifts of practice are something vital to innovative modern learning that we’ve talked about in our recent keynotes all over the world. Innovation is a natural response to change, as many educators believe. Our recommendations for the following 10 shifts of practice are new innovations you can bring to your practice using the Solution Fluency Activity Planner .
Adaptive learning is a new and radically different method of teaching-one that is only possible in the 21st century. Harnessing the raw power of computers to help educate is a simple, obvious idea in hindsight, but the implication of this new methodology is staggering.
“When we talk about change – when we tell stories about technological change – we must consider how technologies, particularly modern technologies like computers, emerged from a certain history, from certain institutions; how technologies are as likely to re-inscribe traditional practices as to alter them.” – Audrey Watters Audrey Watters’ recent talk, “Education Technology as…
Not long ago, educators could view digitally enabled learning as a useful enhancement to traditional teaching techniques. No more. Technology has become such a dominant force in the classroom – and in society – that educators must do more than just try to leverage it for their own purposes.
10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom by Mike Acedo Many of us can recall instances in our lives where we found ourselves idly sitting in a classroom, eyes glazed over, half listening to our teacher as they lectured in front of the room.
21st century education is experiencing significant turbulence as a response to the call for more meaningful and relevant learning experiences that comply with students’ literacy needs and competencies required to succeed in their lives. Towards this end, deeper learning has emerged as a theory which could be the means to transform 21st century education when truly integrated in the classroom.