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Updated by Rebecca Erwin on Jun 02, 2014
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Learning in the 21st Century

Ranking of nine videos about 21st century learning.

9. Pay Attention - Final Final Cut

A number of questions are asked in the course of this video, but not many answers are provided. There are a few buzz words thrown in, but there is not much depth that would help to start an authentic conversation about learning in the 21st century.

8. Teaching the 21st Century Learner

This video begins with showing how education has not really changed in a couple hundred years, but students have. There are a great deal of buzzwords and pictures showing today's students holding various forms of technologies but nothing that really shows what teachers should be doing.

7. A Vision of Students Today

Video of various college students holding up signs describing how they spend their time, especially their time online. Again, a lot of buzzwords but no definitive answers.

6. A Vision of K-12 Students Today

Video of various (middle school) students holding up signs describing what they do with their time, especially their time online. These kids need to get outside!

5. Engage Me!

Primary school students holding up signs describing what they do with their time. The first of a series. The students in the video want teachers to "Engage Me!". It might be helpful in opening a dialogue between teachers and administrators as to how teachers can engage their students.

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

This video does a decent job of not just talking about what we need to do, but actually giving some concrete examples. One researcher suggests that the role of the teacher today should be to provide students with a baseline of standards and expectations for what they need to be 21st century learners.

3. 21st Century Learning Matters

Useful video for opening up a dialogue between teachers and administrators regarding what is 21st century learning, how we can create powerful learning for all students, and where 21st century learning occurs.

2. 21st Century Literacy

This video does a good job of defining what it means to literate in the 21st century. It takes the concept of the 21st century learner beyond just a catchphrase, and gives some concrete examples of what digital literacy looks like.

1. 21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

Great video that is a good first step to opening up a dialogue about what teachers can do to develop 21st century skills in their students. It also provides some practical examples of how schools and systems can change to better accommodate the changing face of education.