Saturday, September 02, 2017

21st Century Learning - a Zeitzian Perspective

What does 21st Century Learning mean to you?  In the late 1990s, this term had meaning. It was a brand of learning that was breaking the mold of the past century.  The opening of the 21st century came and went seventeen years ago.  The term 21st Century Learning is still here.  What does it mean?

21st century learning is not about a timeframe.  I don't know what else to call it, but 21st century learning involves creating learning environments that are student-centered active learning experiences.  Here is a short video that I recorded for Bob Greenberg's Brainwaves Video Anthology

What do you think?  Do you agree with these ideas?  How would you rename 21st Century Learning?

BTW, Bob Greenberg's Brainwaves Video Anthology is a significant collection of thinkers, dreamers and innovators in education. This series is meant to inspire and engage the viewer to dig deeper and learn more. In the words of Georges Melies, (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) "Now sit back, open your eyes and be prepared to dream."

Spend some time reviewing what he has collected and prepare to dream. Share your ideas on his comments and add them to this blog as well.

1 comment:

  1. I am curious to hear what you opinion is about the idea of a "digital native".

    I feel like -- at least in my little corner of the educational world -- that many people have started to use the phrase to mean "automatically proficient with all forms of technology". A recent extension of this idea by some of my leaders is that students no longer need to have a base of content knowledge as they can "simply Google the information they need" (I understand the intent behind this statement, but also disagree for various reasons).

    Yet, I think this assumption of some in this "innate and universal technological ability" of our students is a disservice to us and them. We just assume that simply tossing a laptop in front of a student is good enough - they will pick up the ball and start running. While many of my students might be proficient in their use of some forms of technology (iOS/Android apps, etc.), they can often struggle with others (basic Mac/Win OS skills, using browsers, etc.). Its been a confusing (and sometimes frustrating) thing to witness!

    Just curious what you think about all of this...! :)


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