The 21st Century Digital Learner
The 21st Century Digital LearnerPrepared by: Reychelle Grace L. Maglasang
What is Digital Age?Also called as the information agedefinedas the time period starting in the 1970s with the introduction of the personal computer with subsequent technology introduced providing the ability to transfer information freely and quickly.
What is Digital Learning?Digital Learning is learning facilitated by technology that gives students some element of control over time, place, path and/or pace.
TimeLearning is no longer restricted to the school day or the school year. The Internet and a proliferation of Internet access devices have given students the ability to learn anytime.
PlaceLearning is no longer restricted within the walls of a classroom. The Internet and a proliferation of Internet access devices have given students the ability to learn anywhere and everywhere.
PathLearning is no longer restricted to the pedagogy used by the teacher. Interactive and adaptive software allows students to learn in their own style, making learning personal and engaging. New learning technologies provide real-time data that gives teachers the information they need to adjust instruction to meet the unique needs of each student.
PaceLearning is no longer restricted to the pace of an entire classroom of students. Interactive and adaptive software allows students to learn at their own pace, spending more or less time on lessons or subjects to achieve the same level of learning.
While there are some differences in how the skills are categorized or interpreted, there are also may commonalities. Common skills across most the studies include:
1. Creativity and InnovationUsing knowledge and understanding to create new ways of thinking in order to find solutions to new problems and to create new products and services.
Think CreativelyUse a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)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 and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the workDemonstrate originally and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideasView failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity an innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small success and frequent mistakes
Implement InnovationsAct on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur
2. Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingApplying higher order thinking to new problems and issues, using appropriate reasoning as they effectively analyze the problem and make decisions about the most effective ways to solve the problem.
Reason EffectivelyUse various types of reasoning (e.g., inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situationUse systems ThinkingAnalyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems
Make Judgements and DecisionsEffectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefsAnalyze and evaluate major alternative points of viewSynthesize and make connections between information and argumentsInterpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysisReflect critically on learning experiences and processes
Solve ProblemsSolve different kinds of non-familiar problems on both conventional and innovative waysIdentify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions
3. CommunicationCommunicating effectively in a wide variety of forms and contexts for a wide range of purposes and using multiple media and technologies.
Communicate ClearlyArticulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contextListen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentionsUse communication for a range of purposes (e.g., to inform, instruct, motivate, and persuade) and in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)
Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact
4. CollaborationWorking with others respectfully and effectively to create, use and share knowledge, solutions and innovations.
Collaborate with OthersDemonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teamsExercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goalAssume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member.
5. Information ManagementAccessing, analyzing, synthesizing, creating and sharing information from multiple sources.
6. Effective Use of TechnologyCreating the capacity to identify and use technology efficiently, effectively and ethically as a toll to access, organize, evaluate and share information.
7. Career and Life SkillsDeveloping skills for 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 wide range 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 from a wide variety of sourcesApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information
Media LiteracyAnalyze MediaUnderstand both how and why media messages are constructed and for what purposesExamine how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are included or excluded, and how media can influence beliefs and behavioursApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of 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 environments
ICT (Information, Communications 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.), communication/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 issues surrounding the access and use of information technologies
The 21st Century Teacher
To meet the demands of the Digital Education, the 21st Century Educator should acquire the following characteristics:
1. The AdaptorThe 21st Century teacher is an adaptor. Harnessed as we are to an assessment focused education model the 21st Century Educator must be able to adapt the curriculum and the requirements to teach to the curriculum in imaginative ways.
.They must be able to adapt software and hardware designed for business model into tools utilized by a variety of age groups and abilities.They must also be able to adapt a dynamic teaching experience . When it all goes wrong in the middle of a class, when the technologies fail, the show must go on.As an educator, they must understand and apply different learning styles. They must also be able to adapt our teaching style to be inclusive of different modes of learning
2. The VisionaryImagination, a key component of adaptability, is a crucial component of the educator of today and tomorrow.
They must see the potential in the emerging tools and web technologies, grasp these and manipulate them to serve their needs. If we look at the technologies we currently see emerging, how many are developed for education?The visionary teacher can look at others ideas and envisage how they would use these in their class.The visionary also looks across the disciplines and through the curricula. They can make links that reinforce and value learning in other areas, and leverage other fields to reinforce their own teaching and the learning of their students.
3. The CollaboratorNing, Blogger, Wikispaces, Bebo, MSN, MySpace, Second life as an educator we must be able to leverage these collaborative tools to enhance and captivate our learners. We too must be collaborators; sharing, contributing, adapting, and inventing.
4. The Risk TakerHow can you as an educator know all these things? How can you teach them how to use them? There are so many, so much to learn.
A 21st Century Educator must take risks and some times surrender yourself to the students knowledgeHave a vision of what you want and what the technology can achieve, identify the goals and facilitate the learning. Use the strengths of the digital natives to understand and navigate new products, have the students teach each other.The learning pyramid shows that the highest retention of knowledge comes from teaching others. Trust your students.
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