21st Century Learning Environments

What are the elements or factors of a 'modern learning environment'?
On this page the intent will be to put up some posts and documents that are reasonably accessible explanations of some of the thinking behind the 'modern learning environment' or 'classrooms for the 21st century'. 

Link to the CEFPI website which is  a community of professionals working together to plan and build better learning environments for students throughout South-East Asia, Asia, Australia, New Zeland and the South Pacific. 

If you click on the "View Award Winners" link you are able to link to a whole range of different modern learning environment pictures of many different schools throughout this region.
This report by NZCER researchers describes six key principles of 21st century teaching and learning.  The report draws on the work being done in several new schools in New Zealand to illustrate and expand on these principles.

Principles of Design for the 21st century classroom

posted Jun 24, 2012, 7:51 PM by hawthornes@wsc.school.nz   [ updated Aug 11, 2012, 4:12 PM ]

There are several principles or key ideas that occur quite often in the writings and research around what makes a 21st century learning environment and the types of skills, knowledge, qualities and dispositions that students need to succeed in the first few decades of this century and how this contrasts with the 'old' (current?) style of teaching and learning.

On this page are some good resources or links to resources that explain some of these principles and key ideas.

NB: These are from the blog http://c21skills.blogspot.co.nz/
• Accountability and Adaptability—Exercising personal responsibility and flexibility in personal, workplace, and community contexts; setting and meeting high standards and goals for one's self and others; tolerating ambiguity

• Communication Skills—Understanding, managing, and creating effective oral, written, and multimedia communication in a variety of forms and contexts

• Creativity and Intellectual Curiosity—Developing, implementing, and communicating new ideas to others; staying open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives

• Critical Thinking and Systems Thinking—Exercising sound reasoning in understanding and making complex choices; understanding the interconnections among systems

• Information and Media Literacy Skills—Analyzing, accessing, managing, integrating, evaluating, and creating information in a variety of forms and media

• Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills—Demonstrating teamwork and leadership; adapting to varied roles and responsibilities; working productively with others; exercising empathy; respecting diverse perspectives

• Problem Identification, Formulation, and Solution—Ability to frame, analyze, and solve problems

• Self-Direction—Monitoring one's own understanding and learning needs; locating appropriate resources; transferring learning from one domain to another

• Social Responsibility—Acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind; demonstrating ethical behaviour in personal, workplace, and community contexts

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