Sunday, February 24, 2013

The X Factors in the NeXT Generation of Learning

Imagination, creativity, innovation are factors - X Factors ... More importantly, remember the kids and the teachers are the other X FACTORS.  Technology, experiential learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, problem-based learning - these are tools or vehicles to use with what YOU have to bring to the equation.  These are the WHAT factors; The HOW is very subjective and based on YOU and YOUR STUDENTS.  With the 4Cs as the constants, get going!  Microsoft wasn't too far off the mark with their campaign slogan when back in 1995 they asked, "Where do you want to go?"  And you know what? - 21st Century learning isn't solely about computers, ipads, laptops, or smartboards - it's about IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY, and the X FACTORS! - And don't forget, COMMON SENSE!

Want to learn more about 21st Century learning skills? - Keep reading all the articles, websites, keynote addresses on this page and on the Videos of interest page ... They'll help you decide where to go, what to bring with you, and spark something in you to get you going with the HOW to get there.  Don't look to others, look within you to make learning more than content.

Click the documents below.

Richard Olsen from ideasLAB discusses, with various guests, self-directed modern learners.
Modern technology enables us to stop thinking about all learning as teacher directed, and all students as empty vessels. Self-directed learners using modern technology now have the ability to be much better informed and therefore more likely to make much better choices in what and how they learn.  For schools the consequences are profound. Having students that are in a position to make effective learning choices allows schools to re-imagine new student and teacher roles ... exciting, but scary!

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