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Digital Learners

Posted by sarahelliott on February 25, 2009

 

Another TeacherTube/ YouTube clip that demonstrates the differences between learners today and learners of the past. Some rather broad generalisations about Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives, but an interesting comparison. A reminder to teachers that we have to move with the times!

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K – 12 students Today

Posted by sarahelliott on February 25, 2009

I really like this video. I find it really thought-provoking and as a teacher I like to review it to remind myself about my learners.
It’s true that we are working together with learners who are growing up in a digital society. In school, we need to maximise our use of email, blogging, podcasts and other methods of creating and communicating digitally. The clip shows the reality of the striking difference between how much time children spend using paper resources and digital ones. I love the part where the student says that many of the jobs that they will have don’t even exist today – wow! How do we best prepare them for that? We can’t predict what those jobs will be, but we can try to provide them with the skills that they may need to do them – the skills to create, communicate and think…

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3 Steps for 21st Century Learning

Posted by sarahelliott on February 25, 2009

Another favourite of mine! When I first viewed this clip, I instantly didn’t like the idea of competition being a key skill that children should learn. But, the idea of competing with themselves is something that I do understand and support. I like the international emphasis in this video, especially as I consider myself an international teacher. I work in an International School in a country that I feel isn’t especially international. The general feeling is one of narrow-mindedness and getting our students to be more open-minded can be a challenge. I have looked into some of the websites suggested for creating a more global classroom and have introduced Epals to another teacher in school. She’s going to try to set up a collaborative project with other classrooms around the world.
Not so much emphasis on the digital side of learning here, but more a reminder of the key skills that children should be learning in order to grow, develop and succeed in the 21st Century.

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