Saturday, August 2, 2014

The 21st Century Learner

We are getting ready to start setting up our classrooms soon, so we should be asking ourselves:

Is our classroom ready for the 21st century learner?

The great news is that 21st-century learning can take place in every school and in every classroom!

It is evident that technology influences how our students learn. Not only educators and learners have changed, but also learning tools have evolved. While I was training teachers, I realized that some of them are reluctant to prepare themselves for this change.

Their main concern is that they do not feel like they have enough tools, knowledge and time to implement technology.
It is crucial for us to know how to use technologies to make material accessible and engaging. It is never too late to learn and if we are in education for our students, we can at least start somewhere. Let's not forget that technology is ever-changing, and we should not leave our children behind.

Where can we start?

The main question we should ask ourselves is—what do we want students to learn? Then we can choose what technology is appropriate for our students.

    Here are more questions that can help you get ready:

  • What tools and technologies will help my students (and perhaps colleagues) create, collaborate, and communicate better?
  • How can I let students learn with technology the way that they already live with their technology?
  • What is the appropriate role of the web, social media, mobile technologies, interactive white- boards, etc., in today's classroom?


21st century learner

1 comment:

  1. We have been hearing about the 21st century classroom or the 21st century movement for years. However, I, like many educators, do not think that our schools are adequately prepared for the big change. We should already be incorporating technology in our classrooms. The longer we wait the further behind our students get. I noticed that even our administrators are confused about how to implement technology in the classroom. We are asked to show math clips using the internet or eBooks on the projector, but that is not enough. Students need to learn hands on and it is up to us to help them learn and understand.


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