T&L blogger Ryan Bretag recently sat down with his students and asked them about 21st-Century Learning strategies. Their suggestions are amazing.
Read the whole piece here: http://www.techlearning.com/blogs.aspx?id=15776
Each discussion point started and ended with the focus on learning.
For example, the students talked about creating a learning environment
that was about learning not just memorization. To do this, they wanted
to seek out partnerships both locally and globally in order to build
connections that would foster a "learning to learn" movement where
students are learning for learning, open to learning, and innovative.
Clearly, textbooks were not fast enough nor diverse enough in their
eyes. They longed for ways to interact with materials that were updated
frequently and offered a wealth of perspectives.
In fact, a good portion felt there was a need to move beyond the
textbook because "information changes to rapidly" for textbooks to be
the main source in the classroom. Along
with this, information and resources needed to come in a variety of
formats if the curriculum was going to remain progressive and current:
narrative, fiction, digital, multimedia, and non-fiction.
Finally, it was clear that students that when discussing learning, the
concept of teaching and learning in the 21st Century should focus on
students as pre-professionals. To do this, the classroom needed to
focus on inquiry and problem-base learning, real world experiences,
research opportunities, and field work. As well, the experiences should
engage them with challenges that force student application, creativity,
and critical thinking.
When was the last time you sat down and listened to your students?