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Updated by Sakinah Hunafa on Jan 28, 2015
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21st Century Learning: A Video List

Here are some interesting videos about 21st century learning and how it effects us today. They are ranked based on overall effectiveness to spark a conversation.
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."


This video provides some great suggestions on how to foster 21st century skills in today's learners. It talks about using the information here and now in student's everyday lives. An excellent discussion starter.
Pay Attention - Final Final Cut - TeacherTube
"This is the final final cut of Pay Attention."

This is an amazing video about how to diversify your teaching to push student creation, collaboration and more. It showcases student views for varied ages and offers a website for more tips for teachers.
Teaching the 21st Century Learner
"Video about the need to change pedagogy to meet the needs and expectations of 21st century learners. - created at http://animoto.com"

This video does a good job of driving the point home about outdated teaching methods and thinking. It reminds us that we are dealing with 21st century learners. As people change, teaching must also change.
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."

This video was both interesting and thought provoking. The use of student comments and ideas actually motivated me to gain more feedback from my students on their use of technology.
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."


This video did a good job of discussing the activities of students. It helps to drive the point home of using their interest to teach. I like the human interaction and adult student comments.
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 http://www.macfound.org/programs/learning. 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."

This video was more modern in its approach. However, it doesn't do much to inform us on what 21st century learning it. It talks more about technology itself and the use of it, not how to use it for education.
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."

This video utilized a nice mode of presentation. However, this video is very outdated being eight years old. It would be difficult to spark a conversation with this because a lot has changed.
21st Century Learning Matters
""21st Century Learning Matters" - The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources - Colorado project at Metro State College of Denver, in partnership with the Colorado Council on 21st Century Learning, produced the video. "21st Century Learning Matters" provides an introduction and conversation starter for considering the transformations needed in education."

This video spoke about some of the changes we need to make to support learning.
21st Century Literacy
"An introduction to 21st century literacy..."

This video was somewhat lackluckster and text-bookish. The information provided was old and would be hard to use to strike up a conversation.