21st Century Learning is quite the catch-phrase these days. We see it in mission statements, we read it in articles, we hear it around the water cooler. When we have it thrust into our faces, it is usually accompanied by some form of technology that we “need” to learn which our students probably mastered last year. Don’t get me wrong, I love techie toys and tools. (My husband calls me an iNerd, lovingly.) But it doesn’t help us professionally to throw some “new” pieces of technology at us, make us learn them, and expect us to use them when they are really just expensive toys. That’s assuming that our District can even afford gadget-styled toys for the classroom!
What we need today are tools to help us bring our students through this century and into the next. The gadgets we have today will be obsolete soon enough, but learning won’t. Gadget can certainly be terrific tools in the classroom – as long as they are tools to further the learning experience and not the point in themselves of it.
This blog is here to share, learn, collaborate, and reflect on just that: what does the 21st century learning experience look like and where do I fit in with it. Let’s get sharing!