21stdigiskillz int'l had special international meet-up as the Change Makers of all time shared how they're promoting the 21stdigiskillz mission in their various countries.
* 21stdigi-skillz Ambassador Updates
* Founder Updates
* Ambassador Information Updates
* Global (projects) learning Connections
* Call for Speaker Proposals Released
Transforming teaching and learning to align with critical 21st century skills is a goal for many educators around the globe. Today’s learners need to develop cognitive and non-cognitive skills to create, collaborate, solve real-world problems, construct and represent knowledge in a range of ways, including digitally.
For school leaders, this means building teachers’ capacity to develop these skills in students through innovative teaching approaches.
As part of the 21stdigiskillz initiative's commitment and to promotes the SDG's goal #4 quality education. We're to empower every educator's authentic voice by upskilling them to do more. we have created a platform for those that doesn't have any to amplify their voices on how they are promoting the 21stdigiskillz mission, to help schools begin their education transformation and to measure their progress.
The transformation Survey has been sent out, self hosted survey that measures the perceptions of educators and leaders on the current state of innovative teaching practices in their schools or classrooms. It is a self-review and serves as an important first step in raising awareness of each school’s current state of transformation.
The results of this survey includes how digital technologies are used in learning and school support for innovative practices. The goal of the survey is to provide tools for schools to measure and develop innovative teaching and learning, and to ultimately better prepare students for life and work in the 21st century.
Introduction and Methodology:
Schools around the world are striving to improve students’ learning experiences through pedagogical changes and the effective use of technology. Students need skills for life and work in the 21st century that are not well developed through traditional education.
The objectives of the 21stdigiskillz meet-up are to provide a basis for discussion and reflection within the broader school community and to inform strategic planning and professional development decisions. To further support along the transformation journey and to share ideas and engages in further learning with like-minded teachers, schools etc.
Throughout this report, information and communication technologies (ICT) refers to a broad set of technology tools and resources such as computers (including laptops), mobile phones, graphing calculators, digital cameras, electronic whiteboards, other computer hardware, computer software (such as presentation software, word processors, and spreadsheets) and the Internet. The words computers, technology, and ICT are used interchangeably. We shared ideas on the following below:
Innovative Teaching Practices:
Use of the term “innovative” to describe the combination of the three teaching practices described below is intentional. Student-centered pedagogy and extending learning beyond the classroom are concepts that have very long histories. The term “innovative” in the context of this research describes combining these practices with technology to solve teaching and learning challenges in new ways. It is the combination of these pedagogical practices with technology that has the potential for real innovation.
Student Centered Pedagogy:
Student-centered pedagogy includes practices of teaching and learning that are project-based, collaborative, foster knowledge-building, require self-regulation and assessment, and are both personalized (allowing for student choice and relevance to the individual student) as well as individualized (allowing students to work at their own pace and according to their particular learning needs).Each of these elements has a strong base of prior research, linking them to positive outcomes in terms of developing 21st century skills among students.
Extending learning beyond the classroom:
This teaching practice refers to learning activities that reflect the nature of high performing work groups in modern organizations. Learning activities extend beyond the traditional boundaries of the classroom, for example, by including individuals beyond the classroom (for example, parents, experts, community members), by providing opportunities 24/7 learning (for example, research outside the classroom), fostering cross-subject connections, and promoting global awareness and cultural understanding.
ICT used for teaching and learning:
This teaching practice relates to technology use by educators and by students for learning purposes. Because the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) can vary widely depending on its pedagogical application, this construct includes a focus on how ICT is used and not simply whether it is used. For example, the surveys distinguish between basic or rote use of technology and higher level technology use that takes better advantage of technology to deepen the student learning outcome.
The Global learning connection:
We have agreed to participates in the annual Microsoft in Education 48 hours global learning connection scheduled for 10 - 11th November, 2020. It will enhance and maximize students learning, sparks empathy and curiosity, cultivate critical thinking/innovation, improves skilled communication, promotes cultural diversity and digital/Global citizenship in the comfort zone of our classrooms.
Call for speakers proposals:
The call for speakers proposals for our October webinar was opened. We reviewed the forms and recruited the speakers for October webinar series. The next updates would be on our October webinar. so watch out for it!
- Due to the current world scenarios, the learning has not stopped. Transitioning either to remote learning, Hybrid or face-to-face learning has been the order of the day. But we found out that there're still some countries in Asia, Africa that learning are still in shambles because they lack appropriate learning devices, tools and materials needed for learning.
- Some teachers are not digitally literate
- Not all the learners are accessible to internet
- Digital divide has caused more harm than good to actualize the UN global agenda 2030
- In-person trainings/workshops has not been easy to carry out due to some logistics and devices needed to embark on the mission.
We the Changemakers and transformers of all time have discussed the best practices and the various ways to bridge the gap of digital divide by integrating the 21st century learning skills... (For digital skills today...Future ready tomorrow).
Stayed glued to my Impact journey and don't go no where... Watch out for our October webinar series!!! Thank you for your time here!