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Noelene Callaghan

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Which Century Are You Teaching?

Posted on 5 November, 2014 at 1:05

Teachers are accustomed to terminology that is typically shared as acronyms, or if we are fortunate enough and receive the 'entire' word, its typically a buzz word. However, one key buzz word which is finding its place within schools globally is that of 21st Century Learning. 21st Century Learning is typically defined as a combination of:

  1. weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity
  2. underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design
  3. considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning


Teachthought (2014) takes these elements one step further and models 21st Century Learning as follows:  


 However, it is important to recognise that there are 6 dimensions of 21st Century Learning, each equally as significant as the other. Collectively, they create the optimum classroom. And yes, this is achievable and not something that educators wish for. These dimensions include collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, real-world problem-solving and innovation, use of ICT for learning, skilled communication. You are probably running your eye and thinking, "Well, I do all of those", but how often do you do ALL of these dimensions at once? We (and yes, I am just as guilt) typically address a few but not all. We are experts in two or perhaps a few of these dimensions, thus concentrate on implementing those into our learning activities where possible.

I intend to address all of these dimensions in great detail, but have decided to only do so once I myself have mastered it. Like the implementation of any great pedagogical strategy, it is ideal to begin small and slowly increase your mastery in order to gain true and measurable success.

So the question I leave today is:

Do learners in your classroom have shared responsibility for a joint outcome and make a decisions together?








Categories: 2014, Microsoft, Education