Every day I read or hear about a new tool, app, web site, kit, toy, or device that is reported to have a significant impact on student learning. Actually… none do. The way they are used… might.
So-called “21st century skills” (such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking) have been arbitrarily chosen… and they existed long before the new century. These skills, and many others, have always been important in education.
However, the ever growing potential to use powerful technologies to facilitate thinking and share learning is empowering, invaluable, irresistible. So, to me, learning in the “21st century” means that students are learning how to effectively use technology to better think, create, analyze, learn, and share.
Of course there are many people far more eloquent than I:
Thanks for reading this post! It was part of a #peel21st blog hop that transpired on November 18, 2014. Please take a look at the other posts in this hop. Each author had to respond to the question “Learning in the 21st Century – What does it mean to you?” in about 100 words.