Today I had the opportunity to sit down with a graduate class at the University of Manitoba. The course is looking at curriculum and curriculum design. I was asked to talk about 21st century learning. I am not really sure myself! Below is the process we went through to get at the heart of this nebulous term. Group members and people in the general public are asked to comment on what they feel 21st century learning is all about.
At the beginning, we needed to start thinking about four important topics: Learning, Teaching, our Philosophies of Education, and 21st Century Learning.
Change in knowledge, understanding, meaning, engagement, needs of the child, expression, problem-solving, inquiry, decision-making, world, the other, environment. Developing the mind, thinking. Situation. Perspective. Acquisition of skills and knowledge, self-actualization. Relationships. Learner takes action.
What is my Philosophy of Education?: Joyful, constructivist, humanist, integration, synthesis of philosophy, complex creatures. Arena to foster need of expression/creativity. Safe supportive environment so students can become strong individuals and part of a community. Subversion, change in society, sustainability, citizenship, inquiry-based, social reconstruction. Humanistic. This is the most important.
Teaching: facilitation, feedback, engagement. Leadership, compassionate, dynamic, journey. asking questions, creating culture and climate. Learning is visible, needs of the child. Guide. Sharing power for creation of knowledge. Supporting needs. Relationship development for the purposes of constructing knowledge. Values/Virtues. Modelling behaviours and attitudes. Not indoctrination.
21st Century Learning: Critical thinking, collaboration, empathy, reflective thinking, literacy/ICT. Theory and practice, citizenship. Maximize oneself, with internal and external. Solve problems in the future. Redesigning, unpacking, variety of learning strategies, technology. Using resources to live sustainably, communication, innovation FUTURE?? Transformation. Literacy (new), Modes etc. Democratic.
Then we needed to ask teachers from around the world what they thought…
Then we needed to do some research…
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Now it’s your turn to create an understanding of what 21st century learning is! Thanks to all those who contributed and will contribute. Let’s keep the discussion going and please suggest further reading….