Week 11 Robotics: How have you and will you continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?
I have been taking technology classes and am working on getting my Master’s in Educational Technology. I know how important it is for students to be prepared for the 21st century, and I need to be able to teach them those skills. I see technology changing every year, and I need to be able to change with it in order to be an effective educator.
Martinez & Stager (2013) write that “Failure to embrace the kids’competence, capacity, and creativity leads educators to deprive children of opportunities to achieve their potential.” As educators, we want the best for our students, and our possessing knowledge about emerging technologies will help their future (see Partnership for 21st Century Skills website at https://thepartnershipfor21stcenturyskills238.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx?q=3SfVi13wT7T8XQLC3T3ZAg%253d%253d#.VbMTDAjAqUo.gmail).
This is only possible “when communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity take center stage in schools and transform learning opportunities for all kids” (The Partnership for 21st Century, 2015). I think these are important skills to have in a classroom.
As an educator, I will continue to take classes that will help me to become a better 21st century teacher. Once I am finished with my degree, I will still take classes that I know will help me and my students. Technology changes all of the time, so I know how important it is to keep up. I will also follow my Twitter and follow other sites to stay informed about new developments. There are many resources in the “Invent to Learn” book and on the Internet that will help me, as well. All I have to do is search for them. As a result of the courses I have been taking, I am better prepared than I would otherwise be to transfer technical knowledge to my students so they will be prepared for the 21st century’s demands.
Above & Beyond. (2015). JDL Horizons LLC., Retrieved July 25, 2015, from https://thepartnershipfor21stcenturyskills238.eduvision.tv/default.aspx
25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. (2015). Retrieved July 25, 2015, from http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/06/25-ways-to-develop-21st-century-thinkers.html
Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.