Technology and 21st Century Learning



Let’s finish talking about your visual representations of what you believe about technology in 21st century.  You are doing a great job there.  I like all your creations!

PART II: VIDEOS ABOUT 21st Century Learning 

I hope you finish watching the three video clips about 21st century learning.  What are the main ideas in 21st century learning?  What are the keywords that you hear over and over in the three video clips?  Let’s do a word cloud together.   Please type the keywords in the Google Doc first.   You can type the same word that other people have already typed.  Now let’s copy all these words in the word cloud website– Wordle. 


TPACK— A model called TPACK (or TPCK) is proposed to understand a teacher’s preparation for his/ her instruction.  Let’s watch this short clip to get the basic idea about TPACK.  So, if you want to use a diagram to describe TPACK, how will you draw the diagram?  Let’s take a look at this Presentation.

If you are interested in knowing more about TPACK, you can find more detailed introduction on Dr. Matthew Koehler’s TPACK website.

Digital Natives/ Digital Immigrants— Marc Prensky coined the terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant” to differentiate different generations.  People who were born after 1982 are “digital natives” who will be your future students.  People like me, who were born before 1982, are old generations and thus termed “digital immigrants”.  Do you agree with him?  Maybe not.  And there are a lot of debates and myths about these two terms.  Therefore, I think it is good for us to move to a new idea– Digital Poverty.  Take a look at this article.  You will be amazed at the changes all over the world. 


As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.

You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.

It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Except for these standards, there is another one that I like to use a lot.  The organization is called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  What they try to focus is also what we focus in EDIT 2000.  You can find some resources on their website.



  • Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.
  • Try to find some interesting web-based learning tools or Apps.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website if you want to earn bonus points.  We will talk about this on Friday.



  • Make sure that you have completed two reflections and give me the late pass you used for the reflections!

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