So who are 21st Century Learners? How are they different from those who grew up in the 20th century? What are 21st century skills that our students need to learn in a world that is continually evolving and where there is a rapid development in technology?
According to an article on Education Week Teacher PD Sourcebook
“The term “21st-century skills” is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today’s world.”
So based on this article’s discussion a 21st century learner is one who is digitally literate, can work collaboratively and can engage in problem-solving. They have the content at their fingertips and easily accessible from their devices. They need to develop skills of analysing the information that they access and to make sense of it. They need to be be responsible for what they learn and how they learn. They need to be lifelong learners as they navigate through a technology-rich world.
There are quite a few good clips that I have come across in the Edmodo group that I wanted to share with others on my blog.This video is interesting as it asks teachers to understand the qualities of a 21st century learner as well urging them to realise that technology can be put aside when it is not the most useful tool in a particular class.
“How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?” Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook, 18 June 2014