In the 21st century, the most perceptive educational thinkers recognize that something new is happening to learning. Models of providing an education that developed to meet the needs of students of the last two centuries, while not irrelevant, are increasingly being transformed and infiltrated by the introduction and integration of new tools and technologies, and novel approaches to work, many of which are now commonplace in business and consumer spheres. The emphasis on collaboration and critical thinking to solve problems, and the flattening of the world of commerce are challenging the fundamental assumptions of what an education must provide to its young people in order for them to succeed or even cope in a complex world. Find out more information here.
This is a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University. Check out his Digital Ethnography for more info.
I found two really great websites that I wanted to list for further reading due to the limitations of this blog. The first one breaks down in depth what 21st century education in. If you have any questions or would like to know more I would highly recommend you check this cite out! The other cite I found that I think is really useful is the United States global competence for the 21st century website. Here you can find how the US is engaging with the world in this global endeavor.