21st century learning has become a catch phrase in today's educational circles and several educators and experts from different spectrum have already tried to give this kind of learning an identity and differentiate it from the old kinds of learning that permeated the mainstream education particularly in the 20th and 19th century.
We, in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, have been keeping track of the latest debates and releases in this trend and have even devoted a whole section of this blog to articles on the 21st century learning. What we have noticed from all the staff we have read and posted about this kind of learning is that it is digitally based and technology plays a central role in its functioning, but there is also another version of this learning where technology is subordinate and the focus is put ,instead , on student as a human being able to learn be it in the 21st century or 19th century.This is at least what Teacher Thought has advocated in the graphic below.
For Teacher Thought there are 9 essential characteristics of the 21st century learning namely:
- Media-driven (this doesn’t have to mean digital media)
- Visibly Relevant
While we do agree that learning should always be student-centered but given how digitally focused the world has become we do not agree that technology be given a minor role in the 21st century learning but still we are sharing with you the graphic and would love to hear your opinion on it : are you for or against such a model of learning ?