Teacher Education and 21st Century Skills

I found this video on the Educational Learning and Mobile Technology and it is certainly something we have been thinking about in our school. Teachers are aware there is a big change coming and it might be true as this video points out that society will force us to change. Bit by bit we are going with the change because that is what people do. They have adapted to trains, planes, electricity, fire, phones. Humanity has a great capacity to change. The point this video makes is we have to change the sort of teachers we are because nothing is cut and dried anymore and it is difficult to articulate what exactly it is we are now dealing with and what it is we are preparing our students for. We do have to teach them to think and adapt as we have done ourselves. The more I work with technology in a classroom the less I am concerned with lessons and the more I am concerned with delivering the skills, knowledge and tools students need to create something which will both reinforce and extend their learning. I have become a team leader. I have had to work out ways that students can safely input without taking us too far off task and the set curriculum. We are still teaching to exams and standardised tests.Students can be taught how to contribute validly and purposefully to a team and they like that. They like sharing their knowledge. They like trouble shooting and they like team learning. Then they like to be left alone to get on with the job but be allowed to ask whatever it is they need to do/learn to complete the task. The video gives us a way of thinking about what we need to be doing and how we need to be changing . What is clear is team work really highlights the students who are non contributors who then drift off. There is a risk these students will become underskilled and isolated. We need to create a way of linking those students back in and I think it is the one to one and the one on one which will become increasingly more important, yet that is a very expensive way to deliver education – or is it?

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