The 21st Century Digital LearnerBy Romulo Y. Baba Jr
GoalsDescribe 21st century learnersDiscuss how to teach the 21st century learner
The 21st century dawned as the beginning for the digital age a time of unprecedented growth in the technology , and its subsequent information explosion . Never before have the tools for information access and management made such as impact on the way we live , work ,shop and play . New technologies , and tools multiply daily and the new technologies of today are outdated almost as soon as they reach the market.
Numerous studies and reports have emerged over he past decade that seek to indentify the daily life , carrer and the learning skills that define the skills needed for success in the 21st century world. While are some differences in how the skills are categorized or interpreted , there are also many commonalities . Common skills across most of the studies include :
1 .Creative & Innovation Using knowledge understanding to create new ways of thinking in order to find solutions to new problems and create new products and services.
Think Creatively Use a wide range of knowledge of idea creation techniques (such as braing storming)Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts)Elaborate, refine, analyze ,and evaluate ideas in order to improve and maximize creative effortsDemonstrate imagination and curiosity
Work Creatively with othersDevelop , implement , and communicate new ideas to others effectivelyBe open mind responsive to new and diverse perspectives : incorporate group input and feedback in to the workDemonstrate originally and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideasView failure as an opportunity to learn : understanding that creativity and innovation is a long term , cyclical process of small success and frequent mistakes.
Implementation Innovations Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur
Applying higher order thinking skill to new problems an issues , using appropriate reasoning as they effectively analyze the problem and make decisions and about the most effective was to solve the problems.Critical Thinking and problem Solving
Reason EffectivelyUse various types of reasoning ( e.g, inductive , etc ) as appropriate to the situation
Use System Thinking Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex system
Make Judgments and Decisions Effective analyze and evaluate evedence , arguments , claims and beliefs Analyze and evaluate the major alternative point of viewSynthesize and make connections between information and arguments Interpret information and draw conclusion based on the best analysisReflict critically on learning experience and processes
Solve ProblemsSolve Different kinds of non familiar problems in both conventional and innovative waysIdentify and task significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions
3.CommunicationsCommunicating effectively in a wide variety of forms and context for a wide range of purposes and using multiple media and technology
Communicate ClearlyArticulate thoughts and idea effectively using oral, written , and nonverbal communication skills in variety of forms and contextListen effectively to decipher meaning ,including knowledge , values , attitudes ,and intentionsUse communication fir a range of purpose (e.g., to inform m instruct ,motivate ,and persuade ) and diverse environments (including multi-lingual)Utilize multiple media and technologies , and know how to judge their effectiveness a prior as well as assess there impact.
4. CollaborationWorking with others respectfully and effectively to create , use and share knowledge solutions and innovations
Collaborate with Others
Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teamsExercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish common goal Assume e shared responsibility for collaborative work and value the individual contributions made by each team member
5.Information ManagementAccessing analyzing synthesizing creating and sharing from multiple source.
Creating the capacity to identify the use technology efficiently , effectively and ethically as a tool to access , organize , evaluate and share information
7.Career and life SkillsDeveloping skills fir becoming self-directed ,independent learners and workers who can adapt to change , manage projects ,take responsibility for their work , lead others and produce results
8. Cultural AwarenessDeveloping cultural competence in working with others by recognizing and respecting cultural differences and work with others from a rage of cultural and social backgrounds.
Information Media and Technology Skills
INFORMATION LITERACYAccess and Evaluate InformationAccess information efficiently (time) and effectively (sources)Evaluate information critically and competently
Use and Manage InformationUse Information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at handManage the flow of information a wide variety of sourcesApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of infomration
MEDIA LITERACYAnalyze MediaUnderstand both how and why media message are constructed and for what purposesExamine how individuals interpret messages differently , how values and point of view are included or excluded , and how media can influence beliefs and behaviorsApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical /legal surrounding the access and the use of the media
Create Media ProductsUnderstand and utilize the most appropriate media creation tools, characteristics and conventionsUnderstand and effectively utilize the most appropriate expressions and interpretations in diverse, multi-cultural enviroments
ICT (INFORMATION ,COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY) LITERACY Apply Technology EffectivelyUse technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate , and communicate informationUse digital technologies ( e.g., computers , PDAs, media players , GPS etc.),Communications /networking tools and social networks appropriately to access, manage , integrate , evaluate ,and create information to successfully function in a knowledge economyApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issue surrounding the access and use of the information technologies
Integrating the 21st Century Skills with Content Connecting content knowledge to the real worldEmphasizing deep understandingHelping Students understanding and monitoring the thinking processUsing technology to help studentsProviding opportunities for students creatorsEngaging students in solving complex problems
Developing life and carrer skills by creating opportunitiesHelping students make connections between subject concepts .
Instructions that meets the needs if todays students will incorporate A variety of learning opportunities and activities The use of appropriate technology tools to accomplish learning goalsProject and problem based learningCross curricular connectionsA Focus on inquiry and the student led investigationsCollaborative leaning environments both within and beyond the classroom * High Levels of visualizations and the use of visual to increase understanding * Frequent , Formative assessments including the use of self assessment
The 21st Century TeacherThe AdaptorAs an educator they must understand and apply different learning styles
2. The Visionary The visionary teacher can look others ideas and envisage how they would use these in their class
3. The Collaborator As teacher we must be able to leverage these collaborative tools to enhance and captivate out learners . We too must be collaborators; sharing contributing , adapting and inventing
4. The Risk takerUse the strengths and natives to understand and navigate new products , have the student teach each other .
5. The LearnerWe must endevor to stays current . The 21st century teacher or educator must learn and adapt
6. The CommunicatorThe 21st century teacher are fluent in tools and technologies that enable communications and collaboration.
7. The ModelThe 21st century teacher must model the behaviors that are expected from their students . Today and tomorrow
8. The LeaderLeadership , like clear goals and objectives is crucial to the success or failure of any project