Learning And Teaching Of The 21st Century

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Learning and teaching in the 21st century is evolving. The 21st century society is calling for different skills and capabilities of its members. Creativity, problem solving, and high level critical thinking skills are requirements employers are seeking as technology modifies the job environment. Schools must also adapt to this cultural shift. To help students become productive and competent members of a digital age, schools need to be informed of technological terminology, uses, and benefits to most effectively guide students. I believe technology offers many advantages to student learning when used in meaningful ways. As an educator, I feel it is my professional responsibility to grow in this area to best help my students achieve success. Digital tools offer ways to enhance the learning experience. With technology, students can “actively research, collaborate, innovate, and share ideas” (Holland & Holland, 2014, p. 18). The goal, however, is for educators to use technology in significant ways to increase student achievement. The SAMR model, created by Ruben Puentedura, identifies four levels of technology integration in a classroom setting. Substitution is where many teachers begin. This level is when technology is a direct substitute for a traditional tool (e.g., typing on Word instead of handwriting). Augmentation, the second level, is when digital tools are still a direct substitute but have functional improvements (e.g., using Google
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