Today’s kids are growing up in a very different world than we did. In fact, many of the changes they’re experiencing are unprecedented. No longer are kids just a set of numbers on a report card. They spend more time with technology than ever before, and they communicate and socialize in ways we can hardly imagine. In short, today’s kids are living in an entirely different world than we did when we were growing up. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from their experiences. The good news is that there are a lot of resources out there for teachers to help them adapt to the needs of today’s kids. In fact, there are several
Learning and Technology
experts, like Kathy Szeliga who have created “playbooks” for educators that help them get started with 21st-century learning. Here are some of the most important skills and tools to have at your disposal, adapted from her recent presentation at the CLUG Learning Innovation Summit:
- Language: Kids are communicating more than ever before. Whether it’s through email or text messaging, all of us have grown accustomed to communicating with everyone from the checkout clerk at the grocery store to our friends and family members at a distance. This makes it all the more important that kids learn to communicate well in the 21st century.
- Tone: Kids have the benefit of interacting with everyone from President Barack Obama to the guy who takes out their trash. This is an area often overlooked because there are many bloggers and YouTubers
that ‘rant’ with no consideration for what the audience might be
interested in. Make them understand that the tone of voice in communication should
be respectful and relevant to their target audience.
Social and Emotional Development
Additional Resources Teachers need to know how to support kids in a new digital age and it’s not easy. It’s a matter of constantly adapting, and that’s never easy. To help you in your efforts, here are a few recommendations for the new education landscape, and how we’re already making progress.
- First, we’re seeing the development of specific learning environments tailored to kids’ changing needs. There are now more resources for teachers, but not necessarily good resources. So you need to use what’s out there to determine what’s best for your kids.
- Second, you’ll need to create a clear definition of success. If you’re not really sure what that means, don’t use that term. It’s a topic that could fill many thousands of pages.
Technology in the Classroom
Use these to improve the instructional effectiveness of your child’s classroom and to make sure your kids are staying on top of the latest trends in STEM subjects.
Ck-12 This is the most comprehensive resource on STEM topics for K-12 teachers and students. It features thousands of exercises that cover everything from technology to biology to geology, and it allows students to create their own learning modules with game-like components.
By Design With this guide, teachers can make sure that the science content in their lessons is based on well-researched, documented knowledge about science and nature. It’s also chock full of awesome lesson plans, exercises, games, activities, and more!
As a developer, I see every day how technology impacts education and learning. More specifically, itu2019s whatu2019s behind the classroom and whatu2019s going on in the u201ctechnology classroom.u201d To put it simply, we have to stay up to date with whatever is going on in the world of technology. But even more specifically, we need to adapt our teaching style to take into account all these new aspects of the learning process. To get the best of what the future of learning has in store, I highly recommend checking out my posts on Next Generation Learning and The New Learning Playbook. As Iu2019ve mentioned, the future of learning is here, and itu2019s here to stay.