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Updated by Chris C on Jan 29, 2015
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Conversation- 21st Century Learning

21st Century Literacy
An introduction to 21st century literacy...

Croom - This video discusses the definition of literacy and importance of understanding that it is changing from what we have always understood it to be. Both children and adults need to be able to communicate effectively through various modes/mediums (verbal, written, and technological).
21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?
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.

Croom - This video shows that our current educational system is built to prepare students for the Industrial Revolution rather than the Digital or Technological Age. It poses many ideas about what one can aspire to be if the right kind of thinking is applied. Yes all students need the basic foundation, but we must also give the time for exploration, and finally application. All these must be put in place in order to help our students become successful.
A Vision of Students Today
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.

Croom - This video shows the actual (technological) behaviors of students in the 21st Century. No longer are students attending class and completing assignments alone, or at home. Students must learn how to use both their social skills and academic skills in order to be prepared in the society in which we live.
A Vision of K-12 Students Today
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.

Croom - This video presented both sides of 21st Century Learning - both the student and the teacher. It shows that students want to learn and need to be engaged and equipped with 21st Century skills in order to be competitive in this ever changing society. The video also deals with the lack of professional development and engagement to teach the teachers how to become 21st Century learners so they can in turn teach the students to become learners of the 21st Century as well.
Engage Me!
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.

Croom - In my opinion, this video presents a easy to understand explanation of the 21st Century Learner. Students want teachers to engage them in a meaningful way. Teachers need to be sensitive to the manner in which students learn.
Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation
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.

Croom - This video gives a more personal impression to the viewer. The speakers tell their own perspective about how technology has become more important and how we should begin to focus on them not independently in the educational system, but include it in the studies of our students.
Teaching the 21st Century Learner
Video about the need to change pedagogy to meet the needs and expectations of 21st century learners. - created at

Croom - This video, like many of the others, stress the notion that the world and society are changing but we are not doing a good enough job in the educational system of preparing the students or keeping up with the changes. In order for our society to continue to grow and develop, we must do something in our educational system.