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21st Century Learning & Teaching

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Michele Ramsey

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Transcript of 21st Century Learning & Teaching

21st Century Learning & Teaching
for digital natives

How do we...
Prepare students to be life-long learners and to master the knowledge, skills and expertise that they need to achieve success in college, work and life?
Digital Natives/Digital Learners
“The current generation of students was born into a highly technological world. They inhabit, navigate and communicate within a society which is both technologically-rich and information rich.”

From: Pedagogy Strategy: Learning in an online world. MCEETYA 2005.

But, just because somebody knows how to send a text or get an email, play video games, or surf the internet, does not mean they know how to be digital learners.
Let's collaborate around how to improve our students' learning, our teaching and our school environment.
Growing Strong Minds, Strong Bodies
& Caring Hearts

Engage the iPad generation
Our generation of Learners
..... the brain is extremely malleable. As today’s students have never known a day without these advanced technological tools, their brains have been physiologically conditioned to communicate and learn with these devices.
.....are mobile, experiential, social, always on and plugged in.
If we fail to grasp the needs of this generation, we risk the effectiveness of our educational efforts!
What do we need to do to prepare them to be successful for life?
Connect them to their world
“It’s time to focus on what students need to learn - and on how to create a 21st century learning environment that delivers results.
4 C’s
A necessary set of competencies embedded into our rigorous
teaching and learning environment
• Critical Thinking • Communication
• Collaboration • Creativity
*And an aptitude for technology
To prepare students for their future...

We need to understand how today's
students learn best.
The 21st Century Classroom:
*Creates an engaging learning environment where knowledge is discovered by the student using a variety of rich traditional and online interactive resources.
*Teacher facilitates by directing students to rich, learning sources, using high-level questioning and asking students to demonstrate what they know and are able to do?
*Teacher assesses for 21st century outcomes: core knowledge, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, visual, written and oral communication, collaboration and teamwork around 21st century themes.
Let's think about
Changing our view of teaching and learning from traditional education/deductive reasoning to divergent thinking in a multisensory, multimedia, engaging learning environment
The Traditional Classroom
*Content delivered by the teacher in the classroom.
*Lecture and reading from textbooks are the main
sources of learning.
*Students are assessed primarily on knowledge learned.
We need to shift from:

“The technology itself is not transformative.
It’s the school, the pedagogy, that is transformative.” – Tanya Byron

“Teachers need to stop saying, ‘Hand it in,’ and start saying ‘Publish It,’ instead” - Alan November

“Digital media enables us to build more stages for our kids to express themselves.” – Marco Torres
“To understand their world we must be willing to immerse ourselves in that world. We must embrace the new digital reality. If we can’t relate, if we don’t get it, we won’t be able to make schools relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation.” – Ian Jukes
Collaborate with your team to:
*Investigate and gather info on your 21st Century "C"
*Create a presentation for your "C" that explains what your "C" is all about, what it looks like in the classroom, what will we see students/staff doing, why is this "C" important, how you might assess your "C" in the classroom and so on
*Be ready to present your "C" at our Sept. 23rd Institute Afternoon (be as creative as you want to be with your presentation)
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