In the digital world, such as on twitter and in academic publications and curriculum documentation there is a lot of chatter about 21st century learning. However, how do we as educators, who in the end need to have a well informed classroom practice, get to a place where we can confidently foster a culture of creation in our classrooms whilst empowering our students to contribute creatively, responsibly and ethically to their learning community?
As is mentioned in the above publication, we as educators need to develop new capacities, deepen our networking abilities, strengthen our ability to use interactive media and embrace technologies of co-operation.
- We must also challenge institutional hierarchies and policies and provide exemplars of, and provocations for, innovation.
How to get there? By participating in this digital space, writing, creating, sharing, discussing, reading…
Play in this place and bring a friend.
I have introduced by Year 8 class to twitter @MLC8S. These students already play in an online collaborative and multi-modal world but I am sure I have a lot to teach them about digital citizenship. No, doubt I will learn a lot from them too.
Iftf (2008). 2020 Forecast: Creating the future of learning (nd). Retrieved 29th May 2014, from http://www.iftf.org/uploads/media/IFTF_SR-1165A_RemakingLearningForecast.pdf