21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning

What does 21st Century Learning mean to you? Are you actually tired of hearing the term? Do you want to yell at the top of your lungs that it is what good teaching is all about? Or, does the term make you want to say that sound teaching/guiding skills need to be adjusted to the ways that students are gathering and processing information in today’s world? Please open the link below to leave your written or spoken thoughts regarding this educational buzz term. 21st Century Voicethread This will also give you another opportunity to see how VoiceThread might be used to gather ideas from students, family members, experts, etc. from outside of our elementary community.

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Using VoiceThread

VoiceThread is an amazing web tool that allows for students and teachers to share ideas, projects, and lessons with others. Word documents, electronic presentations, photographs, videos, laptop camera files, basically any file that can be uploaded from your computer or downloaded from the web can become part of a VoiceThread project.

I think that one of the most powerful features of this web tool is the ability for others to record thoughts as feedback. Check out the four examples below of different uses of VoiceThread.

An English teacher shares an essay and elicits responses.

Color Poems are recorded and supported with images.

Presenting a math lesson on using a protractor that was made with SmartNotebook and then uploaded to VoiceThread.

Uploading political cartoons to create reflection and discussion.

What are the elements of 21st Century Learning?

What does it mean to implement and support teaching practices for the 21st Century? I believe that the idea of having technology involved in every aspect of the learning environment is not realistic or necessary. A strong foundation of basic literacy and numeracy is vital to the future success of young learners as well as developing a sense of empowerment in the present. Problem solving, sharing ideas, creating ways to show understanding, and working with others to discuss what is relevant are just some of the terms that I use to define what will hopefully become the “norm” in schools and everywhere else. Check out the link on 21st Century Learning  to hear and see what one educator thinks. What are your thoughts?