4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning 4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning by Jennifer Rita Nichols The term “21st century” has become an integral part of educational thinking and planning for the future. Educators and administrators are actively searching for ways to prepare students for the future, and the educational system has been evolving faster than ever before. Various studies have shown us that rote memorization is not an effective learning strategy, and that teacher-centered classrooms may not be the most efficiently structured ones for student engagement. However, despite learning about the skills that students will need to develop to become successful in the 21st century, as well as what beliefs about education may be worth hanging onto or throwing away, schools and teachers are left trying to figure out what their role needs to be in the education of their 21st century students. Nowadays, we don’t live in the same world. So then, what is the role of education in the 21st century? Society has changed. 1. 2. 3.
educatorstechnology: The 7 Important Literacies of The 21st Century Education I have been studying literacy for more than a year in my Literacy Education MAEd program and have also written a 12 pages research paper on it but each time I sit down to write about it I discover a lot of new insights. Literacy is a deceptively broad topic that can be approached from various lenses. Schoolars from Plato to James Paul Gee have extensively written on the topic, each arguing for the validity of the theoretical lens through which they see it. Going through these theories I find myself inclining more to the progressivist camp or the " New Literacies" camp. Digital Literacy This is a portmanteau word which can include all the above mentioned literacies.However for the purposes of this short post I will define it as follows: Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. Visual Literacy Cultural Literacy Critical Literacy
10 Awesome New Web Tools for Teachers As is usual here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, every two weeks, I share with you here a list of the most recently released web tools that might probably have some educational potential for your teaching and learning contexts. It's been 7 months ago since I added this section featuring lists of educational web tools to my blog. You can check it to view the lists I shared there so far.These lists are particularly created to help those of you who are busy and have no time left to go online and hunt for the new releases in the world of educational technology. What you see in these lists are web tools other edubloggers have reviewed in their websites and blogs. Check out what I have curated for you during the last couple of weeks and let me know what you think of them. 1- Widbook An easy online platform to write books, share stories and add photos and video. Search by topic or exam. Silk is a place to publish your collections. 4- Tagboard 5- Shareor 6- Memofon 7- Wonderville
educatorstechnology: Digital Literacy Simply Explained Common Craft has recently rolled out a new video in which leefever explained what digital literacy is all about. I love Leefevr video explanations and I think students will find them much easier to follow and comprehend. Literacy is the first human invention that has transformed the human life forever. It is thanks to literacy that human thinking developed to include more abstract and syllogistic concepts which constituted the foundational pillars of science. Digital literacy is an offshoot of Literacy ( with capital L) and is just as important in our life as was basic literacy to ancient societies. "It's not just gadgets and websites, digital literacy means using technology thoughtfully and responsibly. Share this video with your students and help them learn more about digital literacy. Courtesy of Richard Byrne from whom I learned about this video.
How Teachers Feel About The 10 Biggest EdTech Trends Figuring out the biggest edtech trends is a great first step. We’ve taken it many times . Figuring out how teachers actually feel or care about those particular trends is a whole other story. A new infographic sheds light on what 100 teachers from North America and Europe feel about edtech trends identified below. Granted, that’s a super small sample size but it gives a little insight into how teachers and admins feel these days. The EdTech Trends In the interest of explaining the infographic a bit more (some of the words are basically written upside down!) Web-Based Tools for Educational Purposes Online Educational Resources Digital Literacy Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) Blended Learning Social Media Education E-Moderation Mobile Learning Digital Games In Education Interactive Whiteboards How It Works So how do teachers (at least the 100 or so teachers polled) feel about these various trends? How do you fall in with these feelings? Click the infographic below to enlarge
educatorstechnology: Two Awesome Presentations on Digital Literacy for Teachers Literacy is a concept that is really hard to define or contain within a single semiotic field. There are also divisive views over the meaning of literacy. The traditional camp views it as the basic ability to read and write; encoding and decoding meaning from chunks of text or verbal output. On the other hand, the progressivists look at it from a different angle. For them, literacy is not divorced from the social context in which it is conceived of. Therefore, to talk about a single literacy is analogous to saying there is only one group of people populating this planet. Lankshear and Knobel referred to it as " multiple literacies". Saying that there are multiple literacies means that the concept of literacy is not static and that new literacies appear as a response to the new emerging learning needs of each generation.
The 8 Characteristics Of A 21st Century Teacher Some call them ‘connected educators’ while other use the phrase ‘digital teacher’ and many prefer the term ’21st century teacher.’ Whatever terms you use to describe modern teachers, it’s important to know what the terms actually mean. There’s a fabulous wiki devoted to just this topic here which houses some incredible bits of information. It’s by Andrew Churches who has curated quite a treasure trove of useful information for any teacher looking to outline what he or she actually does as a modern educator. See Also: The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have So what are the 8 characteristics of a 21st century teacher? So does this mean a 21st century teacher must embody every single one of these characteristics in order to be considered for the lofty and esteemed title? Man, that’d be exhausting. What you do need to do, though, is be able to pull from experience and be a leader, a collaborator, a communicator at a moment’s notice. What other characteristics would you name?
edshelf: The Best Literacy Apps Collection by Andrew Earnshaw edshelf Best Literacy Apps Curated by Andrew Earnshaw Useful apps to support literacy Share: 6 followers 22 tools View as Grid List Compact Evernote Note-Taking iMovie Video Creators Skitch Screen Captures Pages Text Editors iPhoto Image Editors iBooks Author Publishing Book Creator Publishing StoryKit Digital Storytelling Creators Toontastic Digital Storytelling Creators Puppet Pals HD Video Creators Popplet Note Taking SonicPics Digital Storytelling Creators Comic Life Digital Storytelling Creators iBooks Digital Textbooks Creative Book Builder Publishing Paper by FiftyThree Image Editors SparkleFish Game-Based Learning Notability Note Taking Explain Everything Interactive Project Creators Strip Designer Animation Creators Sock Puppets Video Creators Puffin Web Browser Web Browsers Followed by Print with URLs with QR codes Widget To embed this collection, copy the code below and paste it into a code editor for your website. Want to customize your widget? Format: Preview example: Share via email Close Sign in
The Basics of Self-Directed Learning for Teachers What is self-directed learning all about ? There are a variety of definitions as to what SDL is all about and going through all of them I found that Knowles has been very articulate in the way he defined SDL. “In its broadest meaning, ’self-directed learning’ describes a process by which individuals take the initiative, with our without the assistance of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identify human and material resources for learning, choosing and implement appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes.” How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives? Is it possible for our students to be both digital natives and digitally unaware? Young people today are instant messengers, gamers, photo sharers and supreme multitaskers. But while they use the technology tools available to them 24/7, they are struggling to sort fact from fiction, think critically, decipher cultural inferences, detect commercial intent and analyze social implications. All of which makes them extremely vulnerable to the overwhelming amount of information they have access to through the digital tools they use—and love!—so much. In fact, teachers surveyed in a recent Pew Study say they worry about “students’ overdependence on search engines; the difficulty many students have judging the quality of online information; and the general level of literacy of today’s students.” Use The News One way to combat this ironic epidemic? Be Authentic There’s no limit to the ways educators can incorporate authentic learning into their daily lesson plans.
23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow 23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom by TeachThought Staff The iPad is not magic, and as many educators have found integrating them meaningfully is by no means a just-add-water proposition. The same applies to Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning is a method of giving learners access to curriculum in authentic ways that promote collaboration, design, imagination, and innovation while also allowing for more natural integration of digital and social media. Note that the visual is also arranged in a kind of visual spectrum, as our past visuals have been.
IS UNIT WEB SITE - IPTS - JRC - EC Objectives: Main Outcomes: A mapping framework of ICT-enabled innovation for learning: To read more, please click here The Creative Classrooms concept and reference parameters: A set of policy recommendations for mainstreaming of systemic, ICT-enabled innovations in Education and Training (E&T) Contact Project Leader Yves Punie - Yves.Punie@ec.europa.eu Project team Panagiotis Kampylis - Panagiotis.Kampylis@ec.europa.eu Barbara Brečko - Barbara.Brecko@ec.europa.eu (with initial contributions from Stefania Bocconi, now at the Italian Institute for Educational Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org)