Learning in the 21st Century: Personalized and High-tech
The modern era is an exciting time for learning, and will likely be a time of great upheaval in education with concepts such as 21st century learning and personalized learning increasingly being introduced. More radical proponents of these ideas encourage turning the education system as we know it on its head, and actually with good reason: this is not usually about pushing educators to use superfluous and unwanted technologies for the sake of being part of some bandwagon. Rather, children are regularly referred to as “digital natives”. They live their lives outside of school with digital technologies that encourages individuality- but with the potential of community and collaboration – and they will enter a work world often filled with technology and coworkers that are connected: for learning to be relevant to them, it needs to reflect this reality. Furthermore, in order for students to learn how to navigate technologies, especially those that are web-based, they must have guidance from knowledgeable and caring adults, such as educators, as they do not use the technologies to their full advantage in learning and tend not to be critical about what they read and see online (Loertscher & Koechlin, 2012).
An example of learning in the 21st century at an Australian high school:
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The Ministry of Education in the province of British Columbia is pushing the implementation of individualized learning and 21st century skills:
Other jurisdictions are doing the same. So, is it time to retire from teaching, or embrace the change? If teachers are willing…