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Updated by Lori Zavetz on Jun 22, 2014
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The 21st Century Learner


#1: (I had to shorten the URL to make the video work in this list.) This video was really interesting because it was loaded with information that tells us just how different students in today's generation are from students that were in school even 10 or 15 years ago. The way that they access information and process it is radically different than in past generations, and our schools need to start reflecting this change.

A Vision of Students Today

#2: Although the camera was a little unstable, this video had current college students give statistics that are pretty astounding. For example, although one student said she will read 8 books in a given year, she will visit thousands of web pages to access information. Similar to the first video listed, this video shows how the world of learning is dramatically different for students today versus 20 or even 10 years ago.

21st Century Learning Matters

#3: In this video, the lead librarian at the Library of Congress discusses how information availability has changed drastically over the past few decades, and what that means for students today inside and outside of the classroom.

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

#4: I thought this video was interesting, because it's main point is that kids today are "bottom line oriented" which I definitely see as a classroom teacher. I did think it was a little odd that the main speaker assumes that all children today are "gamers", which I don't think is really the case. However, he has a valid point that most children are ultimately seeking a score or measurement of some kind in their interaction with technology.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

#5: This video was created in 2007, according to the upload date, so I'm curious as to how different the statistics would be if it were truly up to date according to classrooms across the US in 2014. Like other videos, the point is to show how students are very interesting in technology outside of the classroom, and how they would like for their teachers to utilize technology in the classroom to facilitate learning.

Teaching the 21st Century Learner

#6: I didn't rank this video very high on the list because it simply states that students are different today than they were in previous generations. However, it doesn't give a lot of information that is very specific.

Did You Know?

#7: Most people probably ranked this video higher than I did, but I've seen it many, many times already. The information is pretty astounding, however. The one piece of information that really shocked me was the fact that the top 10 jobs in 2010 didn't even exist in 2004. "We are preparing students for jobs that don't even exist yet." That's pretty astounding!

21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

#8: This big take-away from this video is the fact that our current school system is built for a completely different time period than the one that we're living in. Additionally, the point is made that our schools are set up in disconnected departments (math, social studies, etc) but the world that we live in is completely interconnected. Two really valid points.

21st Century Literacy

#9: I didn't feel as though this video included a lot of information that was thought provoking, but there were a few good pieces of information. For example, it was stated that roughly half of all American adults do not feel that the US education system is preparing students to be able to compete in a 21st century workforce.

Engage Me!

#10: This video was the one that I considered to be least influential out of all ten listed. It didn't give a great deal of statistics or information that isn't common sense. Basically, a few children are expressing their desire to use more technology in the classroom. Point taken, but it's nothing earth shattering in terms of content.