Yesterday, I overheard two seventh graders in the library, chatting about the research project the they were conducting searches online at a table. The first student said, “Don’t forget that we were just asked to include a print source for our research project.” At this, the student replied, “I have that covered. Mine is Gordon Color. (the name of the printer that they could print to)” Therein lies the dilemma we face as educators.
I had an epiphany. The framework for 21st Century Learning can be stated very simply and elegantly. Learners in the 21st Century need to: To begin, we have to agree with others that there is a problem and what the problem is. To solve the problem identified, we had to decide in consultation with others what we feel is the right question. Once the right question is identified, a solution needs to be determined. Learners will collaborate with others whose thinking is different than theirs, to make sure that they are pushed to their solution. Once a solution has been […]