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Updated by BradandBrittany Hooker on Oct 10, 2017
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Video Rankings

A ranking of 9 videos and short descriptions of each on the topic of 21st century learning/learners by effectiveness (1=most effective)

9) 21st Century Learning Matters

"21st Century Learning Matters" - The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources - Colorado project at Metro State College of Denver, in partnership with the Colorado Council on 21st Century Learning, produced the video. "21st Century Learning Matters" provides an introduction and conversation starter for considering the transformations needed in education.

This video begins with an introduction by the Librarian of Congress discussing the topic. It is very long as an introduction to the topic and therefore I didn't think as engaging to an audience though it does have good facts.

8) Engage Me!

Pupils from Robin Hood primary school, Birmingham, worked with a film crew from the National College for School Leadership to express their desire to use their favorite technologies for learning in school.

This video was short, but not very engaging to watch. Students hold up signs to tell the message to music.

7) Pay Attention - Final Final Cut

This video is about teachers needing to pay attention to how their students-digital natives-learn best. It is one of the longer videos on this list and describes learning styles and a teacher's need to use technology.

6) A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.

This video was one of many that used students holding signs to show the message that students today are not getting what they need in order to be prepared when they leave school.

5) Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

From cell phone and video games to Facebook and YouTube, digital media are changing the way young people play and socialize in the 21st century. Learn more at The MacArthur Foundation's grantmaking aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.

This video discusses digital natives, the role of parents and teachers in digital learning, and clears up the misconception that 21st literacy skills only apply to the workforce.

4) Teaching the 21st Century Learner

Video about the need to change pedagogy to meet the needs and expectations of 21st century learners. - created at

This video tells the viewer that much classroom learning hasn't change much since the 19th century. That teaching methods have become outdated and need to cater to/work with the digital natives/tech savvy kids of today.

3) 21st Century Literacy

An introduction to 21st century literacy...

This video is short, but attention grabbing, upbeat and to the point. It defines 21st century learning and what is required of students today in order to be successful in a digital world.

2) 21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

In a world changing faster than the technology that fuels it, education too must change. We know our students need skills to be competitive in the 21st century, but what do we do to get them there.
This video has great facts, is engaging to watch, and really explains what students need to be able to do with content rather than by just memorizing it. It lists 3 steps-build the foundation, add direction-career academies, and create opportunities for real life applications of these skills in the community.

1) A Vision of Students Today

a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

This video is packed with statistics about how these high school digital natives spend their time in and out of the classroom in an effort to show that the traditional models of education are lacking engagement, understanding, and application of information and technological skills.