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Ten years ago, Twitter & Facebook didn't exist.
Ten years before that, we didn't have the Web. So
who knows what jobs will be born a decade from
Though unemployment is at a 25 year high, work
will eventually return. But it won't look the same.
No one is going to pay people just for showing up.
We will see a more flexible, more freelance, more
collaborative and far less secure work world. It
will be run by a generation with new values.
Youngsters today are completely different than previous
generations (physically and neurologically). All of the
research shows that the brains of the digital generation are
changed physically and chemically; they are wired
differently than we are and interact with content differently
(hyperlinked mind - Neuroplastic)....constantly creating new
thinking patterns vs. being primarily set in stone at early
age. Images processed 60,000 x faster than text and they
read differently than older generations. As professional
educators, we need to determine HOW to work most
effectively with this new type of student and how to
prepare them for future jobs. We need 21st C skills. (Ian
The major Dilemma
What’s becoming abundantly clear is that digital kids are
different than when we were growing up. Not just a little
different but FUNDAMENTALLY different. And it’s not our
We are not just facing a generation gap but a DIGITAL gap.
Technically it is the 21st century, but our schools are not
there, and our challenge now is to reinvent schools for the
21st century - for the sake of our children, our students and
the welfare of our world. Making such a paradigm shift is not
easy. After all, when any of us thinks of education, we usually
think of what we knew as school - the way it has always been.
That is how parents, teachers, policy makers, politicians and
many students think of school. But we have to make the
paradigm shift to 21st century education.
A brief history
1st email sent
1st web page
ICQ Ist Instant Chat
1 million web users
Google search engine
Friends unite social site
FB users in Asia
Currently, according to our world population statistics on Facebook, the continent with the
most users is Asia. Conversely, the continent with the lowest number of Facebook active
users is Australia and Oceania. Combined, there are currently 965 899 780 Facebook users
• Appeals to different learning styles
• Ability to access information and
• Access to unsuitable material
• Parents, community remember schools 20
• Teachers struggle with today
• Students growing up with ICT
• Education reformers planning 20 years
ahead (about an unknown future)
• Differentiated learning appeals to
• A new teaching/learning tool
• Interaction beyond the school yard
• Educating for the 21st century
• Willingness to work cooperatively
• Global citizens
Harness the power
• Investigate locally used devices and
• Integrate into teaching and learning as
• Explicitly teach acceptable protocols
• Incorporate culturally appropriate
• Encourage learners to learn
• Encourage peer to peer learning
• Connect parents and community
Options are endless
• Micro blogging
• Social networking
• Screen cast sharing
Examples of social sites
What is 21st Century Education
So what is 21st century education? It is bold. It breaks the mould. It is
flexible, creative, challenging, and complex. It addresses a rapidly
changing world filled with fantastic new problems as well as exciting new
21st Century education addresses the “whole child”, the “whole person”,
and does not limit our professional development and curriculum design to
workplace readiness. Tony Wagner in his book, The Global Achievement
Gap identifies seven 21st century skills.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence
Agility and Adaptability
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
Effective Oral and Written Communication
Accessing and Analyzing Information
Curiosity and Imagination
21st Century Schools
Schools will go from ‘buildings’ to 'nerve centers', with walls that are
porous and transparent, connecting teachers, students and the
community to the wealth of knowledge that exists in the world.” Some
school buildings will transition into learning centers that are open 24
hours a day, accommodating both child and adult learners, providing
support staff to assist people who struggle with the system or on a specific
topic. Other school buildings, or portions of buildings, will transition into
production centers filled with the tools and equipment for people to
produce new courseware. Staff people will also be on hand to assist in
courseware design and creation.
21st Century Teacher
From primary role as a dispenser of information to
orchestrator of learning and helping students turn
information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom.
Teachers will have many good options to consider as the
changes begin to happen. Some teachers will remain with
the school buildings and work more as guides, coaches,
and tutors for students needing help. Others will move
into event planners and experience designers as each
facility experiments with re-engineering the social side of
The 21st century will require knowledge generation, not
just information delivery, and schools will need to create a
“culture of inquiry”.
21st Century Learner
The people who will be quickest to adapt to the new
system will be the students. Instead of being forced to
learn specific courses that are often of little interest to
them, students will be free to select the topics that they
are most interested in.
In the past a learner was a young person who went to
school, spent a specified amount of time in certain
courses, received passing grades and graduated.
21st century curriculum?
Twenty-first century curriculum has certain critical attributes. It is
interdisciplinary, project-based, and research-driven. It is connected
to the community – local, state, national and global. Sometimes
students are collaborating with people around the world in various
projects. The curriculum incorporates higher order thinking skills,
multiple intelligences, technology and multimedia, the multiple
literacies of the 21st century, and authentic assessments. Service
learning is an important component.
The curriculum is not textbook-driven or fragmented, but is
thematic, project-based and integrated. Skills and content are not
taught as an end in themselves, but students learn them through
their research and application in their projects. Textbooks, if they
have them, are just one of many resources.
How should schools prepare students to meet the 21st
Employers consistently rank collaboration very high on their list of
“must have” competencies, which is not surprising given changes in
the workplace. This broad competency is best understood as a
cluster of related “interpersonal skills” that give one the power to
interact effectively with others, including the ability to communicate
effectively both orally and in writing, to relate well to others and
cooperate with them, to negotiate and manage conflicts, and to lead
through persuasion. When asked about these separate interpersonal
skills, employers rate graduates worst in oral and written
communications. But classroom teachers should bear the only
responsibility: Research shows that athletics and other student
activities can help students develop skills related to leadership and
teamwork and have a positive impact on later earnings.
Mother to her 6 year old: Honey, how was school?
Child: Check FB, I updated my school day an hour ago
Masi you were absent yesterday without telling me
Masi: Baji I left a msg on FB that I won’t b cuming
A Poem For Those Over 30
A computer was something on TV
From a science fiction show of note
A window was something you hated to clean
And ram was the cousin of a goat.
Meg was the name of my girlfriend
And gig was a job for the nights
Now they all mean different things
And that really mega bites.
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A curser used profanity
A keyboard was a piano.
Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account
And if you had a 3 inch floppy
You hoped nobody found out.