Guide to 21st Century Education
The learning skills required in this century are new and different abilities than were required many years ago. If students are not educated in current 21st century skills, then the economy will be in jeopardy.
What the students had been learning ten years ago, should not be required today. Teaching a student how to email properly when he knows how to use instant messaging is something that makes your out of context. Adapting 21st century skills knowledge to a changing world is what we ought to be doing. The world is changing and we need to adapt 21st century skills knowledge to this changing world.
We need to focus on what we really need to focus on which are critical thinking skills, and how to ask questions that require answers from several resources.
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Instead of teaching content to our students, we need to teach them how to locate relevant, accurate content. There are those who create grounds in class just so to fulfill requirements so that when teachers’ evaluations come they can say that they did what was required of them, which is short of its purpose.
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Groups are created so that our students will learn how to collaborate with others. This is not only to be done in the classroom, but across the globe.
It is not known as yet what the future careers will be. Where they will be or their job descriptions is still unknown to us. But what we know is that 21st century skills will require the student to be a critical thinker, problem solver, and have global awareness.
The skills that students should be using every day in class are those that help them in understanding the changing technology environment like social networking and contribution to the development of intellectual texts.
Engaging our students in this adapting changing world is important. We should always be real. Today, using a math app, a student can solve a math problem in 2 seconds. It is even simple to make an essay using Google, and they can text their friends in the next class when you assigned them to do.
As educators, we should begin to understand this concept. This knowledge should be used and solve a bigger problem.
Something that they cannot download from YouTube is requiring them to use their skills on giving an oral presentation of their findings about a real world problem.
If the oral presentation is the basis of his assessment, then he will be using a lot of skills to be able to prepare for this. He has to locate relevant information which he should determine as credible or not. He has to write the script and edit it. Choosing appropriate images is next.
What is implemented here are standards for reading, writing, and research, and the most difficult one is oral presentation.
We should refocus our priorities as educators. We should teach our children that which will prepare them for the future.