Shifting School Culture



21st Century Fluencies

Today, we face a different kind of student.  Technological changes are altering the minds of our children, both physically and chemically, which is changing their learning styles and preferences.  Our children are not the same as we were growing up, and they are not the students our teachers were trained to teach or that our schools are designed for.

It is no longer enough that we educate only to the standards of the traditional literacies.  If students are to survive, let alone thrive, in the 21st Century culture of technology driven automation, abundance and access to global labor markets, then independent thinking and its corollary, creative thinking, hold the highest currency.  To be competent and capable in the 21st Century requires a completely different set of skills. These 21st Century fluencies (Solution Fluency, Information Fluency, Creativity Fluency, Media Fluency, Collaboration Fluency, and Global Digital Citizenship) are identified and explained in detail in Literacy is Note Enough, 21st Century Fluencies for the Digital Age, as processes that can be learned and applied by students.


6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom

A couple of years ago I spoke to my principal and we both recognized an opportunity to make the most of the technology already in students’ hands, allowing them to use the technology with which they feel most comfortable in class. Students are allowed to use their personal devices to take notes, collaborate on class assignments, conduct Internet research and use cloud- based apps.
  1. Student participation increases. like using their personal devices. Kids these days live for technology. It only 
    makes sense to utilize their love for technology in the classroom if you really want to get them engaged.
  2. Learning becomes student driven. Teaching in the digital age is becoming less about directly transferring knowledge and more about showing students how to sift through vast amounts of information to find the knowledge they need. 
  3. Student collaboration and communication increases. is key to engagement in today’s classrooms. My students use technology to communicate with their peers and with me. A BYOD initiative can provide students with far greater opportunities to interact virtually with teachers and work with other students on assignments, projects and content creation.
  4. Cost Savings. Although BYOD is really about delivering education in new ways, saving money is an important objective. With the students using their own mobile devices in the classroom, schools can save money on technology costs. 
  5. Personalized Instruction. I use media to meet different learning styles. Then, all students can learn and excel at their own pace. By allowing my students to follow along with my interactive, multimedia lessons on their mobile devices, I give them more control over the pace at which they learn. 
  6. A New Way of Learning. Incorporating student-owned mobile computing devices into the curriculum has 
  7. helped me transform my direct instruction methods into project-and inquiry-based learning opportunities. 
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