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21st Century Learning Videos

A curated list of videos that attempt to start a conversation about 21st century learning and learners. Rankings are based on effectiveness of starting a conversation about 21st Century Learning.

21st Century Learning Matters

This nine minute video from 2008 provides adequate introductory information for considering what changes are needed in education to better suit modern learners.

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21st Century Literacy

In this two-minute video, a good contrast between old-fashioned learning and modern learning is presented. The information in the video is also supported with data.

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21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

This video incorporates engaging music and colorful text to attempt to answer the question, "What do we do?" in reference to making our students 21st Century Learners. Unfortunately, while it was semi-motivational, it did not provide enough detail to be informative.

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A Vision of Students Today

This engaging video was created by students based on their answers to student surveys. It summarizes the characteristics of modern students. It provides minimal information on how to reach these students in the classroom.

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A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This video was created to encourage teachers to use technology in the classroom to enhance student learning. It identifies some elements of digital learning. The messages in this video employ uses of persuasion--data and emotional--at one point the sign reads something like, "What kind of education would you want me to get if I were your son?"

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Did You Know?

This video presents facts about our world--specifically our digital world and the changes that have been made because of the digital age. Even though it does not offer teachers any specific information for how to reach the digital learner, it provides a platform to start talking about how our society has changed because of technology.

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Engage Me!

These elementary-aged students present their digital hobbies in this video and include their aspiration for their teachers to use these digital platforms in their learning.

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Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

This video encourages teachers to value informal learning experiences and to build on the technological skills the students are bringing with them from these informal experiences. Students use gaming, cellphones, social media sites, the internet, etc. outside of school, and this video promotes using these as learning tools as well.

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Teaching the 21st Century Learner

This video starts with outdated educational practices and teaching methods. It then leads to characteristics of digital learners and how education needs to change to better serve these students.

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Pay Attention - Final Final Cut - TeacherTube

This video offers interesting facts about learners of multiple ages--even those too young for traditional schooling. It asks the viewer thought-provoking questions and offers some examples of how to reach those digital natives in your classrooms.

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