Build a 21st century classroom!

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Today’s elementary students have spent their entire lives surrounded by information in a variety of mediums. Studies have shown a positive impact on learning when students are required to engage in inquiry, analyze content, construct knowledge, and effectively communicate their learning.

To build your 21st century classroom:

  • take a multimedia approach to learning core content,
  • promote essential learning and innovation skills,
  • build information, media, and technology skills in context,
  • advance life and career skills.

Take a multimedia approach to learning core content

A 21st century classroom has a strong foundation in the core subjects. Exploring curriculum topics while authoring media-rich projects helps students develop knowledge that is rich, better connected, and more applicable to subsequent learning and events.

Using software tools that combine art tools, with text editing, clip art, and voice recording provides students with tools to communicate ideas and demonstrate understanding.

Promote essential learning and innovation skills

In order for students to be prepared for a more complex life and work environment a 21st century classroom must promote creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Technology tools that allow students to create with video, audio, text, and images provide an opportunity to build higher‐order thinking skills.

Authoring multimedia content requires students to:

  • employ creativity and innovation as they develop, implement, and communicate ideas and demonstrate originality and inventiveness;
  • critical thinking and problem solving as they frame, analyze, and synthesize information to solve problems and answer questions;
  • communication and collaboration as they articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively and share responsibility for collaborative work.

Build information, media, and technology skills in context

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, students must have a “range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology” to succeed in a 21st century marketplace.

Using a creative technology tool, students learn to manage information as they develop podcasts, online storybooks, videos, and Flash animations, becoming media producers, not just consumers.

Advance life and career skills

To be successful in the 21st century, students must be able to work without supervision, in diverse groups, and be productive members of society. Project learning increases students capacity for self-directed learning, collaboration, and social interaction.

Collaborating on technology projects encourages students to become self‐directed learners and builds leadership, responsibility, as well as social and cultural-awareness.