Saturday, December 5, 2009

ABC's of the 21st Century Learning Environment

Kimberley Ketterer, PhD, instructional technology coordinator for the Eugene, Oregon
School District, wrote the following to highlight new forms of communication that have a place in today's classrooms:

Using the alphabet as a framework, the following is a glimpse into what you will find in a 21st-century learning and teaching environment:

Access to all technological tools needed for learning
Beacons of global asynchronous conversations
Confident universal engaged learners
Dynamic online information made available anytime-anywhere
Engaged cohorts of learners immersed in simulations
Forecasted possibilities of collaborative solutions to real-world problems
Global awareness through real-time participation in major events
Harnessed creativity through multimedia for authentic learning
Innovations encouraged by out-of-the-box thinking
Jpegs that augment reports and storytelling
Knowledge transfer across curricular areas
Legal and ethical discussions fueled by overproliferation of opinion and fact
Morphed teaching strategies from passive delivery to multisensory presentations
Networked video resources for worldwide information exchange
Opportunities to enroll in online courses
Production of analyzed and synthesized information presentations
Quantitative data showing increases in academic achievement
Responsibility for learning shifted from solely the teacher to mainly the student
Streaming video access 24/7
Transfer of technological skills that are seamless between tools
Ubiquitous access to the technical tools needed for learning and teaching
Virtual tours and immersive learning opportunities

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Web 2.0 tools integrated across the curriculum
Xerox copies as an archaic practice
Yearning to express oneself in a multimodel way is quenched
Zoning-out of learning is prohibited

As 21st-century educators we must continue to shift the paradigm of our teaching to meet the needs of the newest generation of learners.

Leading & Learning with Technology, December/January 2009-10, p. 35