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Updated by Virginia Corbett on Jul 12, 2014
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Conversation Starters about 21st Century Learners

Here is a list of videos and descriptions that can be a conversation starter about the 21st Century Learner. It gives facts about and impressions from these new learners.

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.i

Pay Attention - Final Final Cut

This video is found on Teacher Tube. Are we engaging our students or enraging them? This is the major question asked in the video. Students voiced that the work they are doing in school is not meaningful and will not apply to them in real life. This sentiment was expressed by students that would be graduating from high school. Teachers were asked to look at themselves and their teaching styles and to think about engaging students in the learning process.

3. 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. The video was also geared to persuade school boards to provide technology training for teachers, so that the teachers can use the technologies with the students.

4. Engage Me!

Students from Robin Hood primary school in 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.

5. 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. Watch.

6. Teaching the 21st Century Learner

This video discusses how teaching has not changed and is based on the industrial age. In order for students to be more involved in the learning process, teaching techniques need to change to meet the needs of the digital 21st century learner.

7. 21st Century Literacy

An introduction to 21st century literacy that addresses some of the skills necessary to function well in society.

8. Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

From cell phones and video games to Facebook and YouTube, digital media are changing the way young people play and socialize in the 21st century. The video suggests that the learning process should bring together formal learning and technology so that the students benefit from the changes to 21st century living.

9. 21st Century Learning Matters

"21st Century Learning Matters" - The Library of Congress did a video posted to YouTube that included interviews from educators and politicians. These individuals shared their views of how the education process has changed with technology in the 21st century. It talks about the different skills learners will need to be successful.