21st Century Learning

From Papercuts and Hand Cramps to Bad Eyesight and Headaches

The Nitty-Gritty of 21st Century Learning

So decades ago, man was armed with nothing but pencil, paper, and eraser as he fought his way through schoolwork and such. Many a man has suffered from a papercut, or an eraser burn. But now, this is the 21st Century. No more shall we suffer such cruel and unusual punishment. We have graduated from papercuts and hand cramps to bad eyesight and headaches. Welcome to the best 21st Century Learning poster ever. Probably. Here you will read my attempts at mixing terrible jokes, puns, and just humor in general with learning. We will touch up on multiple things, such as:
  • What is 21st Century Learning?
  • Why is it important to graduate to 21st Century Learning?

21st Century Learning's Relationship with Teachers

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Yeah, it fails to earn the title of "the best relationship" for the most part. Sure, you have some teachers who absolutely love the technology that make up the base of 21st Century Learning with a passion. Some classes as a whole focus entirely around the use of technology. And then you have those other kinds of teachers. Though I say other, these kinds of teachers actually make up the majority. They like pencils and pens and are part of the papercut army, following the ways of traditional schooling with a burning passion. Their relationship with technology and 21st Century Learning is similar that of...well, two people who dislike each other. This is to be expected considering the fact that the vast majority of students utilize their electronic devices for the sake of goofing off, but such isn't always the case.

What is 21st Century Learning?

Now, some people define 21st Century Learning as simply integrating technology into learning and/or the curriculum. I can't really explain it all that well, but I'll try. In my opinion, while integrating technology into school is part of what 21st Century Learning is, it isn't exactly the big picture. To put it simply, buying every student in the school laptops doesn't exactly lead to 21st Century Learning. No, 21st Century Learning is a type of learning that is made to appeal to the more technologically apt generation. I would like to stress the "appeal" part of my last statement, as a student who doesn't find interest in the work won't exactly be excited to do it. I can only say this wholeheartedly, as I've learned from experience since I'm a student. Who doesn't get excited to do work that doesn't interest him. A pretty accurate source, if you ask me.

Why is it Important to Graduate to 21st Century Learning?

Well, for starters, this just so happens to be the 21st Century. Every person attending school in this day and age has most likely integrated with technology in some way, shape, or form. Some (see: all) people carry their phones around, some people carry around their own laptops, and some people even work at home from in front of a computer screen. The point I'm making is that almost every person in this day and age has found a way to make life more pleasant with technology. And then that's where the issue with traditional learning comes in. Why on earth would you want to write down notes if you could take pictures of them or type them up? What sane person would rather spend time doing work on paper instead of a computer? Old fashioned people, which is what most teachers are. To the traditional teaching method that has been in used for many decades, the use of technology to make work easier is unheard of. 21st Century Learning isn't a method of learning taught to the teachers of this day and age as they grew up; it isn't what they grew up with. 21st Century Learning is important because it's there to help cater to students in this day and age, not students from the 1800s to the 1900s.