technology | 21st century education
Created by Colleen Healey
Philosophy of education
Twenty-first century skills are a composite of many skills and bodies of knowledge that students are expected to know by the time they leave high school. However, it is not entirely up to high school educators to provide students with all of these twenty-first century skills. Similar to the Common Core Standards, these skills are introduced at the early stages of schooling and carried on through elementary, middle and high school. As the students advance, the depth of the skills advance as well.
Twenty-first century skills that are taught in classrooms today are comprised of academic skills including reading, writing, communication, collaboration and research. Additionally, soft skills are a necessary component in twenty-first century skills that should be taught in schools. These soft skills are made up of life skills such as how you dress and how you are to greet someone. Twenty-first century skills are necessary because they are the skills most relevant and useful to students. Additionally, these skills are useful and applicable universally. Teaching twenty-first century skills reflects the demands placed on the students in the future.
Technology is a fantastic tool to use to help assist in teaching. Instead of the teacher being the only source of information of assistance to the students in the classroom, the students can access school appropriate online resources to aid them. However, it is important to remember that technology is not and will not be the only source in order for students to obtain information. Fortunately, the school curriculum drives the use of technology in the classroom and I truly believe that technology can be a motivator in the classroom. Websites and applications that are readily available to teachers to use in the classroom. Educational games like Kahoot are a fun way to engage students, while incorporating educational material. Technology integration in the classroom also allows teachers to connect to students of all various learning styles. As a teacher, technology also gives the educator opportunities to communicate with students.