6 Great Tech Questions for 21st Century Teachers and Students
The wide embrace of technology in education and the growing use of digital media in classrooms have expanded the meaning of literacy to account for these digital innovations. Both teachers and students are now required to develop a proficiency with the use of technology tools and be able to leverage the power of web tools in their teaching and learning. As a matter of fact, web-based technology is becoming now something of the past as mobile technology is encroaching every facet of our life including education.
Talking about the digital skills teachers and students need in order to thrive in today’s educational environments, one can only think about these 33 skills though there are several other skills to consider but for a starter those included in that link are enough to get you moving. In this regard, I am sharing with you a piece of work realized by Greg Miller, editor of the awesome blog ” Greg Miller Principal“. Greg listed several questions related to the 21st century demands that teachers need to reflect upon. He included them in PDF which you can download from this LINK. I also recommend that you check his blog as it is rich in great content and insight for teachers and students.
1- Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
” Students in the 21st century should have experience with and develop skills around technological tools used in the classroom and the world around them. Through this they will learn about technology and learn through technology. In addition, they must be able to select the most appropriate tools to address particular needs. ”
2- Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems
” Students in the 21st century need interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively in both face-to-face and virtual environments to use and develop problem-solving skills. When learning experiences are grounded in well-informed teaching practices, the use of technology allows a wider range of voices to be heard, exposing students to opinions and norms outside of their own. ”
3- Design and share information
” Students in the 21st century must be aware of the global nature of our world and be able to select, organize, and design information to be shared, understood, and distributed beyond their classrooms.”
4- Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by complex environments
Students in the 21st century must understand and adhere to legal and ethical practices as they use resources and create information.
5- Manage, analyze, and synthesize information
“Students in the 21st century must be able to take information from multiple places and in a variety of different formats, determine its reliability, and create new knowledge from that information. ”
6- Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
” Students in the 21st century must be critical consumers and creators of multi-media texts. “