How to teach the 21st century learner.

The integration of technology is vital in teaching the 21st century learner.

“Every child can learn, every child must learn,” these word should rest on the mind of every teacher as they enter the classroom.  In this the 21st century the words of (Prensky, 2001) are holding true that “Today’s students are no longer the people our education system was designed to teach.”  In light of this, the learners have undergone a conspicuous change with which the education system has to be keeping abreast. One such change is the is their technological advancements.

The twenty first century is laced with more technology devices than ever seen in human history. This technological advancement has created a radical change in the learners. In light of this, the learners are moving away from gathering their information through the use of “dog eared” text books but through the use of some device that was given birth to by the advent of technology.  In an article entitled, “Technology in the classroom,” written  by Keeli Cambourne(2013),  shed some light on the technological revolution that is impacting classrooms across the globe. It emphasize that students are moving away from “dog eared” text book and gathering their information through the use of itunes and similar software. As a result   students are now more interested in staying away from the physical classroom but stay connected through the use of video conferencing and social sites. Student s have thrown the books aside to the extent where they are resorting to ebooks  (electronic books) and Epistemic games which put students  in simulators and allow them to solve real world problems. These are the changes that teachers have to keep up with.

Implications    

As it is with changes, there are implications that the education system has to deal with. These drastic changes can be viewed as a two edged sword, on one edge the schools are becoming more technologically advance to keep abreast with the students, and on the other schools have to be implementing stringent measures to curtail the use of these technologies. Features that schools has to implement include;

the electronic white board and the features that it offers: internet access, converting hand writing to text and video conferencing. These features will enhance the teaching learning process in the sense that the facilitator can stay in a remote location and disseminate information to the students via video conferencing and or social Medias.  This feature can also be used to combine classes with student in another room on the same building or in a different location; this will create a new classroom ethos. Another feature that the teacher can use to good effect is the instant internet access, with this the teacher will be able to instantly research unfamiliar terms or just to make a point clear.

Integration of technology  

Integrating technology in schools will improve the quality education that our students will be receiving. But to back track a bit, integration is considered as the act of combining parts together in an attempt to make a whole .  Technology integration has five levels; entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation. These steps are vital in achieving the desired results.  Entry is the point at which the teacher deliver the content using technology, which then leads to the adoption phase where the teacher directs students in the conventional use of tool-based software , then with infusion, the teacher constantly provide the students with the technology where they can understand, apply, analyze, and evaluate learning task. These phases have to be followed in order to maximize the use of the technology.  Three ways how the integration of technology will improve the quality of education includes; the creation of virtual classrooms, the introduction of epistemic games the facilitating of global learning as it relates to foreign languages.

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Cambourne, K. ( 2013). Technology in the classroom.  Retrieved from: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/back-to-school/technology-in-the-classroom-20100119-mhn3.html.

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Edutopia staff (2013). Report on: Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The       Reasons Are Many. Retrieved from:  http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-introduction .