I feel that there is a huge misunderstanding when it comes to a 21st Century Classroom.  In my experience, many people equate 21st Century classrooms and learning with the use of technology.  I have to admit that I too was initially confused.  Many think that by using technology, they are creating a "21st Century Classroom."  However, this is often not te case.  When used correctly, technology can enhance and contribute to a 21st Century Classroom.  Technology is not a stand alone; it must be effectively integrated with Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Innovation, Problem Solving, and Information Literacy. 

The article What does 21st century learning look like in an elementary classroom? describes that contrary to popular belief, these skills can be integrated effectively into elementary classrooms.  In fact, this is the best place to introduce them because it will give students the time to practice these skill and become "experts" before they have to be more proficient in high school, college, and the workforce.  

 

I like the simplicity of this YouTube video that lists why we should be letting our students blog.

 

I pulled this video from the article Blogging with Elementary Students - Some why's and how's.   One of its points is that blogging helps our students create their digital footprint.  It also teaches them Internet safety which is a huge issue among many educators and parents.  Blogging with young children should still monitored closely.  

As stated in Blogging with Elementary School Students, blogging can be a great platform for student reading, writing, and communication.  Students tend to write better when they have a specific purpose and audience.  They love having someone read their work and to feel validated for what they have done.  Blogging does just this.  

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Tags: 21st-century-classrooms, blogging, elementary, school, students

Comment by Alison Saylor on March 31, 2013 at 8:31pm

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Thanks for pointing out that technology is not a stand along. I once heard the quote, technology should be like pencil and paper, just there. I totally agree with this. I like your discussion of what a 21st century classroom actually means. clarifying this makes so much sense and might be helpful to other teachers wondering what 21st century leaning means. Thanks for the excellent video.

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