We are already twenty years into the 21st century and experts are still debating what 21st century learning should contain. One thing we can agree on is that information and technology is advancing rapidly. The internet keeps us connected to this stream of information, and it has dramatically changed our lives. Especially the way that we value information.
In the 21st century there is less emphasis on just knowing things and there is a greater emphasis on concepts. This is because most information is available with a simple Google search. Skills that are valuable are ones that pertain to how we use this information and how we work as a team.
Although you would imagine that 21st century learning would stress the latest technology, that is not always the case. I found this to be surprising. Instead it focuses more on how technology can be used to stress the skills of the four C’s (Stauffer, 2020).
1. Critical Thinking
In the video below, I go into much more depth about these skills and what they look like in the classroom.
While working on this project, it really made me think about the goals of education and their link to the work force. The four C’s are all qualities that would be deemed necessary to land most jobs. I think the curriculum in my English 11 class focuses heavily on the four C’s because we do a lot of group projects and critical thinking.
One thing that I would like to see more of in 21st century learning is empathy. I did not come across this topic as much as I thought I would, but it is a very high order social skill that I believe will make our future a better place to live in.
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