The 8 Characteristics Of A 21st Century Teacher – Edudemic

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So what are the 8 characteristics of a 21st century teacher? Are they risk-takers, collaborators, and visionaries? Well, yes! Check out the image below to get a clearer picture.

CERT‘s insight:

Being connected is one of the most important characteristics of an educator. Connectivism is a way of living that goes beyond simply walking into a classroom and delivering a lesson. Any educator needs to be connected to peers, to experts, to learners, and to in turn support, the various connections that the learner can make, to be able to learn – whether learning is curricular or not, is not the issue here. It’s learning towards a better life, that is the crucial point.

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Technology-Rich Learning:Students First, Not Stuff

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For us teachers and education leaders, this moment of rapid and radical technological change is not what we signed up for, is it? A trillion web pages; a billion smartphones; movies, TV shows, newspapers, and novels on demand, wherever we are, whenever we desire; near ubiquitous courses and coursework, with teachers, tutors, and technologies that let learners of any age learn whatever they want, whenever and wherever they desire. “Always on” access has created an abundance of learning potentials that scarcely existed even a decade ago.

CERT‘s insight:

The spirit of technology use, and being ‘NetSmart’ as Howard Rheingold puts it lies with the people and the ways in which the tools are exploited. It is rather useless to force an educator to “use the interactive whiteboard”. It is certainly not going anywhere near the “technology-rich learning”. To be able to start getting a glimpse at what it really means to teach with technology we have to change our way of teaching completely and focus first on our learners and on the activities that learners can do. I keep emphasising, technology is not about maintaining teacher control, but it is of giving the learners the freedom to learn, unlearn and relearn.

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

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First and foremost, student writing is improving by leaps and bounds. When I read their blogs (which, by the way, are mature, insightful, funny and engaging), I don’t find myself pulling my hair out over the careless mistakes they make in formal papers. Not every post is perfect, but the majority are well written and free of grammar and usage issues that I am so familiar with seeing in their other work. If they become sloppy, all I need to do is politely comment about it on their blog, and I don’t see it again.

 

CERT‘s insight:

If used correctly blogs are a great way to engage students with content which goes beyond textbooks. When setting up your own blog, remember that discussion and communication should be kept at the centre of your focus! Do not be afraid to create stimulating discussions with your learners, and letting your learners voice their thoughts about the subject. 

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The World’s Largest Repository of Free Online Learning Tutorials

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Here’s a common scenario. Someone emails and asks about an elearning tutorial I have on the blog. It’s not always easy to find the specific tutorial buried in a given post. In fact, there are many times I either forgot that I had created that tutorial or I can’t recall where it’s at either. I know. It’s part of getting older.

 

Today I am going to fix that. I have listed every blog post that has a video tutorial that shows how to create something related to online learning. So, if you’re just getting started with building online learning courses (or new to the blog), now you have a handy resource with links to all sorts of rapid elearning tutorials.

 

CERT‘s insight:

…includes PowerPoint guides, guides to creating interactive e-Learning and much more. 

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Google+ Edu on Air: Mind Mapping in Education Webcasts | MindMeister Blog

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Are you involved in education? Whether you’re a student, teacher, IT admin or a school leader we’ve some interesting webcasts for you on Google Hangouts. (Want to take part?

CERT‘s insight:

Mind Mapping should really be included in many classroom-based learning sessions. This interesting webinar should introduce you to the concept of mind mapping for education. 

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Teachers Flip for ‘Flipped Learning’ Class Model

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When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he’s already learned the day’s lesson — he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

So without a lecture to listen to, he and his classmates at Segerstrom Fundamental High School spend class time doing practice problems in small groups, taking quizzes, explaining the concept to other students, reciting equation formulas in a loud chorus, and making their own videos while teacher Crystal Kirch buzzes from desk to desk to help pupils who are having trouble.

CERT‘s insight:

I would also suggest taking a look at the Khan Academy (http://www.khanacademy.org/) to see how the flipped classroom can actually work in a curricular setting. The Khan Academy website has thousands of videos to choose from for teaching and learning.

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