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Updated by Brad Boykin on Feb 18, 2017
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Starting the 21st Centuy Learning Conversation

Here is a rank-ordered list of videos to start the conversation about 21st Century learning and learners.

Pay Attention - Final Final Cut - TeacherTube

This video has lots of facts dealing with 21st Century learners. It discusses the Three R's, "Rigor, Relevance, & Relationships." The video poses a question, "How can we turn our classrooms into learning engines?" This would be a great way to break off into discussion!

Teaching the 21st Century Learner

This video begins with a discussion about the need for change. One of the key statements in this video is that we should meet students in their learning space. It ends the video with, "Welcome to the 21st Century Classroom", which would be a great way to begin discussion!

21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

This is a great video that begins by discussing how our education system is built for the Industrial Revolution to teach students in the Digital Revolution. It offers lots of strategies and concepts to engage the 21st Century learner.

Engage Me!

This video contains several elementary school students displaying signs describing the 21st Century learner. They also stress the need to use technology and engage students in the learning process.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This is a very similar video to the one above, Engage Me. Some of the students have the same phrases written on their signs. However, this video has children from all ages K-12.

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation

This is a very informative video about the importance of engaging 21st Century learners. It addresses the value of informal learning, and the need to incorporate it along with formal learning.

A Vision of Students Today

This video gives you a brief overview of students' opinions about their classroom experiences. This video is more focused on college level students. The video ends with a believe that technology alone can solve all the world's problems.

21st Century Literacy

This video discusses that literacy is evolving and its changing the way that we teach and learn. It provides some statistics that can be confusing. It states that 50% of voters believe the country is moving in the wrong direction in educating young people. However, it doesn't specify whether that believe is because teachers aren't changing to accommodate 21st Century learners or that they are.

21st Century Learning Matters

This video begins with the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington discussing the need for changing and adapting to learning in the 21st Century. The video contains important information about what learning looks like in the 21st century, however, it appears to be an older video that probably should be updated. (Video was uploaded in 2008)