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Updated by Leslie Jones on May 31, 2014
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21st Century Learner Videos

This is a personally ranked list of videos that can be used to start a conversation with other teachers about the 21st Century Learner.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

I chose this video to be first because I felt it would have the most impact for an elementary school teacher. This video showed how students spend their time each week and how they use technology. I felt it would start a coversation with teachers because it gave ideas for using technology in their classrooms. The following is the description given on the youtube site about this video "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."

Teaching the 21st Century Learner

I chose this video second because it showed the changes in education and and just times have changes but teaching has not changed. This video would also be great to start a conversation with elementary teachers because they can relaste to several of the images. The following is the description on the youtub site: *Video about the need to change pedagogy to meet the needs and expectations of 21st century learners. - created at

Pay Attention - Final Final Cut

*I chose this video to be third. This video shows teachers how students don't just need to be able to recite information back but they need to be able to use the information They need to analyze, create, evaualate in order to be successful. The video talked showed the importance of engaging students in their education. Teachers need to think about this in their planning. * The following is the description of the video from Teacher Tube "This is the final final cut of Pay Attention. For more information, please visit the T4 site."

Engage Me!

I chose this video to be four on my list. The video shows how students use technology in their personally learning. The elementary teachers can start a conversation on how if the students are doing this in their personal learning how can I bring this into my classroom. The video also shows how students want to be engage in their learning and they are asking teachers to plan lessons that are engaging. The following is the description from youtube: "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 favourite technologies for learning in school."

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

I chose this video to be fifth. This video talks about how kids are using technology. It talks about gaming with kids and how kids are learning and they are wanting to see how much they are learning. Kids are not born being digital but outside factors in the students world is influencing them. How to use digital media in learning- sometimes digital media is not the oppopriate tool in learning but a teacher needs to realize when to bring it out and when to put it up. We need to give students access to digital media when needed. The following is the description from the YouTube site: "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."

21st Century Learning Matters

I chose this video to be number six on my list. This video is a great conversation starter for how we can include technology in our classroom and help our digital learners. It gives the perspective from the Colorado's Vision. This video talks about how learning is not what it was when our parents were in the classroom and that it requires teacher to think differently and plan differently to help the students be successful in the future. The video was good and made good points, but I don't think it would speak to elementary teachers like the previous videos on my list. The following is the description from the YouTube site: ""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."

21st Century Literacy

I chose this video to be number seven on my list. This video shows us how 21st century literacy is changing and we are not just reading books or finding information in a library. Information is at our figure tips and teachers need to teach students how to acquire, use and process the information. The following was the description on the YouTube site: "An introduction to 21st century literacy..."

21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

I chose this video to be number eight on my list. This videos shows what employers are seeing when students are entery the work force today. The video also shows that the students are learning the way their grandparents did for the "Industrial Revolution" but they are living in a "Digital Revolution" The video shows how students need to be engaged learners. The The following is the description given on the YouTube site: "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."

A Vision of Students Today

I chose this video as number nine because as good as it was I don't think it would start the same coversation with elementary teachers as some of the other videos would have done. The video shows a college class environment and shows the thinking of college students and what they feel is important to their learning. Teachers could use this to help them understand skills that students will need and what is important in them being successful in the work place. The following is the description from the You Tube site: "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."