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21st Century Teaching August 1, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — swumccrary @ 7:17 pm

I really enjoyed this video( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTIBDR4Dn2g&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_992282) about Teaching In The 21st Century.  It explained how students are now able to access limitless amounts information through the use of technology and digital age resources.  They can easily and quickly find any information they need on news, finances, transportation, world situations, new ideas and innovations. We as teachers can incorporate this into teaching new facts, contexts or skills. The problem we need to remember is to teach our students how they would find this information in digital age times. We rely so heavily on what technology can do for students, but we need to remember to teach students about copyrights, plagiarism and piracy. We need to still have students creating, evaluate, apply, and comprehend new knowledge and technology can help us doing this while keeping the learner engaged and making it meaningful. The video also explained how, even if technology is a huge part of learning, we need to incorporate it to remember to teach the basic aspects of respect and responsibility.

This video brought up so many awesome points about how we can incorporate so many digital resources and social networking sites into our schools to still keep homework challenging and engaging. We can teach students HOW to search and where to find things, how to use the internet, different sites to access, and how to make the most of the technology available to us in today’s time. We need to be conscious of how to manage these things at school relevant, challenging, and engaging instead of being used purely for entertainment or distraction.  As teachers, we need to see what’s out there, start small, collaborate with other teachers, take risks and enjoying the incorporation of technology for teaching in the 21st century.

I thought it was very interesting how this video was all about Teaching in the 21st century, yet it still reminded us to not get so carried away that we don’t make the most of it. We need to continuously be incorporating Bloom’s Taxonomy, life skills, and current issues into our teaching. It also taught us about the importance of keeping everything engaging and not just purely entertaining for our students. I think many great topics we tend to overlook or forget were brought up in this video and I really enjoyed reading/watching it.


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