Friday, May 3, 2013

5 Things Learners TODAY Should Be Doing

     First of all, I have finally found another word for 21st Century. I have struggled with this for a while, "21st century" is such an overused term, especially since we have been living in the 21st century for 13 years. Then it hit me, the 21st century is TODAY, right now! By labeling it anything other than that, we make it feel like we have time to get there. We have no more time, we are here.

    I have also been thinking a lot about ways to simplify my vision of what schools should be doing(see my last post) and what learners should be doing. Last night I was sitting down with my cousin, who is a college professor, and my husband, who is a software engineer, trying to boil down the essential skills learners need to succeed in college and the workplace. This is what we came up with.
5 Things Learners TODAY Should Be Doing:
Locally



Globally

1. Inquiring
Asking questions about ideas and issues throughout the local/school school community.
Asking questions about ideas and issues throughout the world.
2. Investigating
Finding and researching answers and solutions using the people in the local/school community.
Finding and researching answers and solutions using the internet and other online tools.
3. Collaborating
Working and connecting effectively with classmates and teachers face-to-face and online.
Working and connecting effectively with people around the world face-to-face and online.
4. Creating
Building, Designing, Inventing and Producing solutions to local/school problems.
Building, Designing, Inventing and Producing solutions to global problems.
5. Communicating
Using writing, video, art, and other media to share solutions with the local/school community.
Using writing, video, art, and other media to share solutions with a global community.




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