New learners of the 21st century

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I have had this one bookmarked for a little while but couldn’t seem to find an hour to watch it. I’m glad I found that hour today. It’s a thought provoking look at some innovative programs that change how we think about learning and what school should be. Couple that with comments on 21st century learning from some of the leading educational technology researchers around and you get a real insight into changes that are possible.

Click here for the link to the PBS site for the full video.

21st century learner

I came across this video today while researching different opinions on what 21st century learning looks like and it struck a chord with me. In particular, I like Nichole Pinkard’s comments in it about children of this generation not instantly being ‘at one’ with technology, just because they’re born into a world surrounded by it. As she notes, it relates more to your experiences and exposure to it at an individual level.

I also really like the comments about not just preparing children for future employment but rather for the future in general. Leisure time and social interactions are equally as important and are something our education system needs to help them prepare for.