The 21st Century in Education

For most schools, the old, yet effective traditions of a non digital age are the main form of education that students can look forward to. Things like notebooks, textbooks, and copious amounts of homework are commonly utilized in schools across the world today. It’s uncommon for schools to promote the usage of more modern instructional styles such as presenting, or watching videos, and some teaching environments won’t even allow kids to turn on their phones. The idea of using technology isn’t necessarily forbidden by most schools, but usually it’s looked down upon as a distraction for students. Recently, however, things have started to change, as the inevitable synergy of education and technology is already starting to happen.

As computers and the internet became more and more popular, some schools began changing their methods of instruction. Today, it is much more likely for students portfolios in school to affect their appearance online. This is mostly because of the rampant use of social media by students to share things they have created or discussed in school. Schools that promote the usage of technology to create content could help students not only upkeep a better online image, but also teach them how to survive in the modern world of projects and networking. Having a good base for figuring out how to utilize technology to complete problems could help students become more independent.

A close to home example of this technological revolution is Minarets. Minarets High School was built around the idea of being project based. Students are expected to work together in creating content that is not only submitted to their teachers, but also to their peers. Learning how to impress future employers by improving one’s social image in person and online are some of the key themes at Minarets. Minarets ideas have branded the school as a “21st century” educational environment. Today, these themes are becoming more and more prevalent, and if more schools don’t start adapting to them, then our society may find itself with a large number of unprepared young adults in the digital, project oriented age of today.

Baylev@mychawanakee.org

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