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ERIC Number: ED502607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-11
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
21st Century Teaching and Learning
McCoog, Ian J.
Online Submission
Today's learners are growing up in a fast-paced digital world. They multitask and network online at home and now expect the same experience at school. They will also face increasing global competition for college entrance and jobs after graduation. This article focuses on how we as educators can use our students' strengths to ensure their achievement and success beyond school. The author focuses on defining 21st century learners and explaining 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking skills, and global awareness. This is explained by outlining the transition of adolescents from 20th to 21st century learners through analysis of the characteristics and technology uses of Generation X, Generation Y, and the Millennial Generation. The author also provides practical examples of how teachers can adjust their instruction to the 21st century teaching model using the internet. He explains the need to reevaluate "the 3rs" as today's students need rigor, relevance, and real world skills. There is also a focus placed on providing meaningful technology-focused professional development for teachers as the stated transition is a true paradigm shift from the traditional American education model. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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