Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach. (Prensky, 2001)
Name: Moya-Dean Walcott
Course: Educational Technology
Facilitators: Mrs. R. Smith
Mrs. I. Reynolds-Saulter
Twenty First Century Learners
Shortwood Teachers’ College
Our students today are molded by their environment. This twenty-first century environment is one which is electronic and digital. It is filled with various forms of technology, including cellular phones, computers, hand held gaming devices and the internet. As such our students are twenty-first century learners - digital learners. They, in essence, understand the world through the use of varying computing devices and other forms of technology.
There are many differences seen in the twenty-first century learner. One such change is that today’s students learn differently. According to Pensky (2001), today’s students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors…different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures. This is primarily due to the environment in which they grow up. These students are surrounded by various forms of technology and may prefer to use one form over the other in order to match their learning styles. The three main learning styles are auditory (prefer using sound), visual (prefer using pictures and spatial understanding) and tactile (prefer to carry out physical activities). Students will easily get bored or will not learn as much if their learning style is not catered to. Twenty-first century learners think creatively and also seek creative ways to learn. They use digital technology to gather information on things they find interesting and important to them. There is therefore a disconnect when they enter the classroom because they are expected to learn in a different way. They are expected to...