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Updated by Carmen McQueen on Sep 04, 2014
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21st Century Learner Videos

Here are my rankings of the 21st century learner videos for FRIT 7235.

Pay Attention - Final Final Cut - TeacherTube

This is the final final cut of Pay Attention. This is my favorite video. It is not the most sophisticated visually but provides the best message. The video implores educators to use the technology that students love to create, reach, engage, and teach more effectively. I like that this video provides an actual, real world use of technology in a classroom lesson and also offers many other broad suggestions.

A Vision of Students Today

This is a powerful video of students in a traditional classroom holding signs that explain how they are 21st century learners. These signs were thought provoking. My favorite sign was held by a male student noting his ability to complete a scan tron form will not help him be successful in life.

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

This is a professional video that notes 21st century learners must possess a love for embracing change. One of the participants states that students are not born producing media and must learn these skills. An important point made in this video is that educators must coordinate formal and informal learning.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This video shows students holding signs asking to be engaged. The video notes 76% of teachers have never used wikis, blogs, etc. to teach students. One student's sign says they learn by doing instead of by sitting in a classroom.

Engage Me!

This video features students holding signs asking to be engaged. It notes that the use of technology will make students more self-reliant. An interesting point made was that if a student writes a story in his classroom, it is read by his teacher. However, if he writes a story online, it is read by 2000-plus people.

21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

The music makes this an interesting video. An important point made in this video is that we stop endlessly reteaching skills by ourselves and start teaching skills together. We need to use content to teach skills.

21st Century Learning Matters

The video and music are engaging. This video states educators need to think about different kinds of education. We need to think "outside of the box" to find ways to present knowledge that looks totally different than the way traditional classrooms have looked. I believe the most important point made in this video is that content knowledge is not enough for the 21st century learner.

Teaching the 21st Century Learner

This video only shows still pictures. The graphics show characteristics of the 21st century learner. The video makes the point that to reach these learners, educators have to change. Additionally, it notes we must meet learners in their learning space (digital environment).

21st Century Literacy

This is a simple video without sophistication. There was music but no other audio within this video. An important point made on this video is that one must combine visual, aural, and textual elements to be literate. However, I found it interesting this video does not use these elements.