21st Century Learning Environments
Being from where George Lucas currently lives, Marin County, my curiosity was piqued when his name was inadvertently attached to Mark’s article. Lucas is one of the most influential movie makers/directors/visionary EVER who enhances so much of his vision through computers and multimedia design. He speaks as education being a foundation for democracy, and with that, he speaks of education as he were taught was non-engaging. As we now see, education and society are changing quickly and Lucas speaks to motivating students and creating an enviroment conducive for 21st century learners.
From Mark’s article, what struck me was this passage:
These “digital natives” are born into digital technology. Conversely, their teachers (and all older adults) are “digital immigrants.” Having learned about digital technology later in life, digital immigrants retain their predigital “accents” — such as, thinking that virtual relationships (those that exist only online) are somehow less real or important than face-to-face ones. Such outmoded perspectives are serious barriers to our students’ 21st-century progress.
This speaks to the age old saying: The haves, and the have-nots. There will always be those who have more, and have better and whose needs can be considered more urgent. There will be schools that are tricked-out with fancy resources, and other schools who struggle to have pencils…the big question is: Will the ‘haves’ become the better learners and thinkers?
Learning is learning folks, BUT it ALWAYS helps to learn in optimal conditions…an environment that piques curiosity, stimulates thinking and promotes social learning. Can any school do it all?
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