A Special Shout Out…

12 Apr

shout-out

I wanted to mention the outstanding CORE Education GROUP that ran their roadshow in New Plymouth last week at Sacred Heart. Please follow their newsletter or link as PD run by them is well worth it.

 

Technology has become very important in our daily lives. Many of us couldn’t function on a daily basis without our cell phones, laptops, and iPads.  In any case I couldn’t. In addition, our children are overly exposed and stimulated by video games, cell phones, and television on a daily basis. My daughter who is four already writing photo essays using here iPod Touch. With the big boom of technology in today’s societythere is a need to integrate technology in the 21st Century classroom. The term blended learning is a common one.

 

School Leaders must understand Learning for the 21st Century Classroom emphasizes:

  • Digital  literacy – using communication, information processing, and  digital research tools  (email, presentation software, Internet)
  • Critical thinking/Problem solving-using spread sheets and design tools to solve complex problems)
  • Interpersonal Skills-using personal development and productivity tools to enhance one’s life (e-learners, time managers, and collaboration tools).

The 21st Century classroom combines old content with new skills to create more rigor and relevance for students. Learners are encouraged to take creative risks in this environment while teachers are provided with more opportunities to foster creativity in their instruction. When students look at core knowledge through real-world examples, they are being prepared to compete globally by developing interpersonal communication skills while learning content.

There is some debate amongst educational thought leaders about this learning model.  Some argue that technology does not aid in the retention of core knowledge for students, and the 21st Century Classroom Model focuses on teaching students how to “use” technology with less emphasis on core content.  The “old school” way of teaching affords students a better chance to learn and master the 3 R’s (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic). While there are those who oppose, the fact still remains that; children born in the 21st century are digital natives, and many American graduates are entering the 21st century workplace unprepared.

So do you integrate technology into your classroom?

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