Students. Content. Knowledge. Skills. Learning.
The main goal of the teachers is to connect students with the knowledge and skills that will help them learn and grow. And they achieve this through creating meaningful and thoughtful lessons that are applicable to the student’s lives.
In order for teachers to create meaningful lessons in the 21st century, they have to connect to 21st century kids. This involves using the technology that is available and prominent within that generation of learners.
However, a true 21st century teacher needs to go beyond simply using the tools that are already available to them. Teachers need to be constantly updating and learning the new methods of the next generation. Now, this may seem overwhelming, but “staying up to date” could be as simple as following a blog or a twitter feed, where the information is sent directly to you.
While some teachers still fear technology, one thing is for sure, and that is technology is not going away. In order to be effective teachers today, we need to continually create new ways to “fill the gaps” between the student and knowledge in a meaningful way. Using technology is one way in which teachers can continue to educate students in a way that engages them and applied directly to their life.