Saturday, November 5, 2011
Learning in the XXI century
Learning in the XXI century is clearly a new need. This is the century when a group of existing and innovative educational experience, although limited, and specific, they will be becoming the new standard in the natural and obvious way of ordering the educational offer. The knowledge society demands new knowledge and skills, and offers new tools and how to access it. That is the main novelty.
What are the main characteristics is learning in the twenty-first century? I think there are four conditions to be imposed in this century to which we should be preparing our educational systems.
Mass education, and industrial democracy, which consolidated the twentieth century has reached its threshold of productivity, and is unable to take care of new challenges: the diversity in the classroom, students' access disadvantaged contexts, the connection school experience with the construction of knowledge and productivity. Each student is a task and develop their potential. It is the obligation of school systems a custom job: to recognize rhythms, interests, abilities and backgrounds different, so each one has the skills and competencies demanded by the knowledge society.
2. Learning Experiences
New pedagogies and new teachers are able to offer meaningful learning experiences for each student. Much more mentoring and coaching that teaching classes and content. Much more active students to discover, create, build and share knowledge and accompanying teachers in the process, with wide access to data, methodological choices, rich content (interactive multimedia) and focus on a core curriculum (math, language, sciences, arts), but flexible systems to participate and move forward.
3. 24 / 7
There are opportunities for learning across time and place, far beyond the school as a unique educational environment. The media, mobile devices, connectivity, social networking and collaboration offer opportunities for lifelong learning.
4. Educational ecosystem aligned and focused
The entire school system, from national ministries to local organizations should simplify their look and their organization to be aligned and focused around student learning. Each actor will have clearly defined their role in the axes above, your task is the learning of each student, offering support for developing meaningful educational experiences available for learning all the time and place (flexibility).
These four concepts require us to review how that develops the teaching profession (from whom convened, to how they are trained and compensated), the curriculum, school organization and school time, infrastructure and content, how we evaluate and measure achievements.
Some may keep looking back, regretting that schools fail to reach the quality levels we expect, looking for guilty and dreaming that one day recover what they were. I prefer to talk of the future of education that our children and our grandchildren will live, of the keys that will make them non-students of the nineteenth century, but twenty-first century learners.
Published by Eugenio Severin
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