The digital youth of today are ready to engage in 21st century learning and in building the skill sets needed for a 21st century career.
What’s next for how we educate our youth?
Here is a brief video to start a discussion on where education, learning, and technology should be taking conversations of program and curriculum development in all levels of education.
I highly recommend this video to any educator and encourage you consider and reflect upon the key messages that the youth in the video are sending to us!
This video showcased benefits, pitfalls, and common themes that we need to consider for every one of our 21st century, K-12 and beyond, North American youth, who are able to access education today.
Yes, these messages are important to reflect upon in higher education too! After K-12 youth experience education with teachers who are using technology in their K-12 classrooms they might just be heading to a classroom near you, my higher education colleagues.
The youth are coming to us in higher education with an ability and a need, to confront learning head on in this ever changing technological world.
These youth are the future!
They are learning new skills, and developing knowledge, to adapt to the unknown technological trends that will continue to come into the forefront of business, education, and the fast approaching technologies of the future.
Our youth enter a cyberspace that is constantly occupied by the newest, most revolutionary, and rapidly changing technological realities, of any time in history.
As the newest, most innovative, technologies hit the market, and sometimes even before, our youth are behind the scenes and are the first to use, adapt, and grow these new technologies.
Multiple innovative and ingenious technologies that we are familiar with today began as small start up applications or businesses of people in the under 30’s demographic and some remain in the top of their fields as teh most major innovators of the newest technologies of the last century and even today, almost a decade into this new century.
Who started facebook, at what age?
Who started microsoft, at what age?
Only two examples of an endless list of young innovators of our times.
There are counter examples of technological innovators who are older than 30 but I am sure my point is made!
Normally, I provide links in my blogs but this time around, I am creating a potential teachable moment for any educator who might have made it to this blog but does not know the answer to my questions listed above.
Please realize this is an ideal time for you to start using and understanding the amazing power of the immense knowledge that lies at the tips of your fingers! I assure you that the tools and applications that you need to learn and understand, in order to meet today’s youth at the technological doorstep that they are already waiting for us at, are easier than imaginable to learn and utilize.
Please rest assured that I do not anticpate that everyone should readily know the answers. I only hope that you can start exploring the power of the web, if you do not already have the answers.
Quick tip: if you do not have the answer for the facebook or microsoft questions above, Google or Wikipedia searches are a great place to start! You will find some of the fastest access to problem solving that you have ever experienced! Welcome.
The majority of mainstream youth are becoming ready and prepared for an ever evolving, constantly changing job market, not because they know what is coming but because they have the skills to adapt to new technologies in an instant.
Although we do cannot know where technology will lead us in the future, our students are learning first hand, to be adaptable not only in their skill sets, but also to learn to become diverse in their career interest and pursuits.
We as educators need to be prepared to teach these 21at century learners, as they become more and more adaptable and engaged in forward digital thinking; they are ready for the unknown that lies ahead – are we?
I invite each of my educator friends and acquantaces to ask yourself – are you ready?
What can you learn to prepare for the future of education and work in this rapidly changing, technological world?
Our youth are 21st century learners – are you, is your institution, is your company or organization?
I believe that we can be 21 st century learners and educators and it is crucial to facilitate the the development of our youth and our society.
I believe that as educators we need to embrace the first-hand use for understanding, of the popular and highly used technological tools that are already engaging our youth!
Welcome to Web 2.0
~:) Heather Kennedy-Plant – welcome to our journey as 21st century learners and educators!
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