21st Century Skills: Rethinking Learning & Social Media

A new book entitled 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn has been published by Solution Tree. It features a chapter entitled “Navigating Social Networks as Learning Tools” (which articulates better than I do why social networks are important as learning tools). Some of the sample chapters, table of contents and other resources are here.

A gist on one chapter:

“One thing is certain: although schools may fundamentally look and act as they have for more than one hundred years, the way individuals learn has forever changed. Instead of learning from others who have the credentials to “teach” in a networked world, we learn with others on our own and with whom we share nothing more than a passion for knowing. In a global community, we are at once teachers and learners—changing roles as required, contributing, collaborating, and working together to re-create the world, regardless of where we are at any given moment.

These learning transactions require a shifted understanding of literacies and skills as well as new literacies and practices that learning in networks and online social communities demands. For educators, acquiring network literacies is a first step in developing new pedagogies and, in turn, new classrooms and curricula that prepare students for the future…”

2 thoughts on “21st Century Skills: Rethinking Learning & Social Media

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  2. Hi Dean,

    “new literacies and practices that learning in networks and online social communities demands.”

    Participating fully and responsibly in the variety of online networks we are invited into can sometimes feel like a full time job. I like Howard Reingold’s recipe for Mindful Infotention (like the concept – hate the term). Attention + info filters (aka crap detectors) and a smattering of literacies: participation, collaboration and network awareness: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/rheingold/index?blogid=108

    His mind map of the concept is worth a look!

    Thanks for the post- looks like an interesting read (when I’m all socialled out and looking for an escape!)


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