What is 21st Century learning? - The schools of the future
Education is in a state of flux. The traditional learning techniques of a teacher standing in front of a class full of students referring to notes and a
â€˜standard' textbook are beginning to feel a little dated. While this may provide an excellent method that facilitates examination methodology and
coaches children to store enough basic knowledge to pass a series of questions on an exam paper, it isn't how people actually learn. Application of
knowledge is just as important as the accumulation of facts - probably more so in a technological world. So what kind of educational method is going to
shape the schools of the future?
21st Century Learning
Step forward a concept known as 21st Century learning. This idea was first developed by an initiative of American and English businesses and
organisations. Their idea (revolutionary in its simplicity) was to try to collate and make sense of the multitude of different learning techniques used by
colleges, schools and universities around the world. What worked, what didn't - everything was analysed not just according to educational standards
but to other concepts too such as those being developed in the field of psychology. They asked how people learn, how they interpret what they see
and how they apply that knowledge to a real life situation. They concluded that the current methodology panders to one driving principle - economics.
The re-emergence of â€˜technical colleges'
What traditional learning methods didn't factor in was the rapid advancement of technology. The gatekeepers of the education system, although
claiming to embrace technology as an integral part of the education process, appeared to be blinkered for a long time when it came to the sheer
importance of electronic media, the role of computers in our society and how students actually use these new tools. Digital media and technological
advancement still seemed to be confined to one period of â€˜IT studies' a week, despite the fact that the students t