21st Century Learning

What is 21st Century Learning? During my research of this very topic I quickly discovered there is no concrete definition. It is set up to help teachers teach in a new and invigorating way with outcomes that will prepare students for the “real world.” The outcomes expected from a 21st Century Classroom seem to be the same across the board. According to P12.org,

Framework for 21st Century Learning was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes.

When a school system decides to implement 21st Century Education there are many methods and tools available for educators to use. One such method is the flipped classroom, which is where the teacher would prepare a short video or online lesson that -pre-teaches the lesson. The students will then watch/complete this mini tutorial before the beginning of a new lesson; thus allowing actual class time for discussions, projects, and class assignments. Class time will then allow the teacher to become more of a guide/facilitator. Another method, a teacher could implement is the project base learning or PBL. PBL can be a great method for incorporating collaboration type learning among the students, but it can also be completed individually. Edutopia.org defines PBL,

… as a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying.

My assignment this week was to create an artifact on 21st Century Learning. There are several skill sets that are required to be reached in order to be considered 21st Century ready. How the skills are reached is up to the methods and ideologies of the educators and administrators. I have created an Inforgraphic depicting a few of these skills. Click on each description to learn more.  Please keep in mind that this inforgraphic does not portray the full list of skills and you need to follow your school systems guidelines for your 21st Century Classroom. Here is the rubric I created for my infographic.



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