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Updated by Katie Bates on Feb 01, 2014
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Start a discussion with 21st Century Learning

Here are 9 videos about 21st Century Learning. My personal favorites are at the beginning of the list, ones I don't prefer towards the end. These are my opinion only and no offense is meant to any party involved with and/or creating the videos.

Pay Attention - Final Final Cut

I like this one because not only is it created by an educator, it is short, to the point, without being accusing. It had an encouraging feel to it which I appreciated.

21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

This video was short, eye catching, and approached the issue from a "let's collaborate" point rather than a "shame on you for not using technology" point.

A Vision of Students Today

I enjoyed this video from the opening. It was engaging, provided new statistics, included research done by students and for students. I liked the style of the video.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This one is much like the video above it at #3, but with K-12 students. It was effective, but included much of the same information we're already aware of in regards to the topic (students spend over 20 hours a week on the computer, only half the population graduates, etc.)

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

This one is worth a watch but it didn't engage me or get me thinking. I favor videos made by students and teachers and tend to tune out "experts" who may or may not have seen a classroom...

Teaching the 21st Century Learner

Again, same theme-"we need to teach with more technology, teachers need to engage students more!" This presented to me less of encouragement or collaboration and I felt as though I was being talked down to.

Engage Me!

Yes, I did say that I preferred student centered videos but the other two (A Vision of Students and A Vision of Students K-12) do it better, in my opinion.

21st Century Literacy

I felt like I was watching a Powerpoint presentation. If you're going to present a video on 21st Century Literacy, it doesn't need the technology of a former decade.

21st Century Learning Matters

This is at the bottom of the list because it is a) too long, b) not engaging and c) the people they spoke too didn't seem to know much about solving the issue, only that there is an issue on 21st Century learning.