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What is 21st Century Learning

Examining Multiple Intelligences and Digital Technologies for Enhanced Learning Opportunities
Skills or attributes required to actively participate and add value in a changing society.
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Enhancing 21st Century Learning Using Digital Learning Objects and Multiple Intelligence Theory: A Conceptual Model
Emma O Brien (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0249-5.ch002
The educational system is undergoing radical pressure to change. The increased need for individuals to learn and adapt has resulted in a huge demand for higher education. However, higher educational institutes are failing to keep pace with learner and societal needs. Firstly, the skills profile required for individuals to succeed is changing; there is a change in emphasis from discipline-specific to transversal skills due to the dynamic labor market. Secondly, the learner profile has changed with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and contexts, and catering for such a diverse range of students is challenging. Technology is a key enabler in providing HEIs with the means to address such issues. This chapter explores a conceptual model which integrates pedagogical approaches such as multiple intelligence theory, learning styles, competency-based education with digital technologies to offer a solution to some of the concerns facing higher education in the 21st century.
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Mini-Robots as Smart Gadgets: Promoting Active Learning of Key K-12 Social Science Skills
A set of core competencies that promote collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving aimed at helping K-12 learners function successfully in what is expected to be a high tech, globally connected century.
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Back to My Roots: Utilizing Hair to Build Student-Led Learning in the Classroom
Focuses on individual student’s needs rather than seeing the class homogenously. It is activity based, with an emphasis on questioning, explaining, demonstration, and collaboration techniques. It embraces technology, uses skill-based methods, and allows students to manifest their own progress.
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Understanding the Potentials of Social Media in Collaborative Learning
Cognitive skills required to address the demands and challenges of the 21st century (e.g. creativity and Innovation -inventive thinking, cross-cultural understanding -global awareness and cross-cultural skills, critical thinking, effective communication, collaborating, the flexible & self-directed learning, skills related to being information and communication technology literate).
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Aligning Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Anchored on E-Learning Platforms: Transferable Competency in CBC Education
The concept refers to giving students skills needed to succeed in the new world order of life long education; while helping them grow the confidence to practice those skills authentically with a learning environment that relies on interactive learning, higher level thinking skills; it encompassing information age an era of rapid adoption of technologies; and is fueled by knowledge economy that values creativity and critical thinking beyond cramming skills of the industrial era.
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Exploring Science Fictional Futures With Secondary Students: Practicing Critical Literacy
An umbrella term encompassing the skills deemed necessary for productive participation in 21 st century society, spanning communicative, collaborative, and creative competencies related to emergent technologies alongside critical thinking capacities.
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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Become a Lifelong Learner: Gaining Capital through Online Higher Education Environments
Learning which is effective in the 21st century global world. Elements of 21st century learning include, but are not limited to, critical thinking, problem solving, collaborative learning, technology and information literacies, lifelong learning, and creativity.
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Self-Efficacy and Persistence in a Digital Writing Classroom: A Case Study of Fifth-Grade Boys
A pedagogical approach to preparing students for college and career contexts beyond the immediate school context by utilizing a core set of skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and digital literacy.
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