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The 21 st century Digital Learner

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The 21st century Digital Learner

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The 21st century dawned as the beginning of the digital Age- a time of unprecedented growth in technology and its subsequent information explosion.

Never before have the tools for information access and management made such an impact on the way we live, work, shop and play.

New technologies and tools multiply daily and the new technologies of today are outdated almost as soon as they reach the market.

Numerous studies and reports have emerged over the past decade that seek to identify the life, career, and learning skills that define the skills needed for success in the 21st century world.

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There are some differences in how the skills are categorized or interpreted, and there are also many commonalities. Common skills across most of the studies include:

Creativity and Innovation Using knowledge and understanding to

create new ways to thinking in order to find solutions to new problems and to create new products and services.

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Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingApplying higher order thinking to new

problems and issues, using appropriate reasoning as they effectively analyze the problem and decisions about the most effective ways to solve the problems.

CommunicationCommunicating effectively in a wide variety

of forms and contexts for a wide range of purposes and using multiple media and technologies.

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CollaborationWorking with others respectfully and effectively to create, use and share knowledge, solutions and innovation.

Information Management Accessing analyzing, synthesizing, creating and sharing information from multiple sources.

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Effective Use of TechnologyCreating the capacity to identify and use technology effectively and ethically as a tool to access, organize, event and share information.Career and Life SkillsDeveloping skills for becoming self-directing, independent learners and workers who can adapt to change, manage projects, take responsibility for their work, lead others and produce results.

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Cultural AwarenessDeveloping cultural competence in working with others by recognizing and respecting cultural differences and work with others from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

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Information, Media and Technology Skills

INFORMATION LITERACYAccess and Evaluate Information• Access information effectively (time) and Effectively (source).• Evaluate information critically and competently

Use and Manage Information• Use information accurately and creatively for the issue or

problem at hand.• Manage the flow of information from a wide variety of source.

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MEDIA LITERACYAnalyze Media• Understand both how and why media messages are constructed

and for what purposes• Examine how individuals interpret messages differently, how

values and points of view are included or excluded, and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors.

• Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of media.Create Media Product

• Understand and utilize the most appropriate media creation tools, characteristics, and conventions.

• Understand and effectively utilize the most appropriate expressions and interpretations in diverse, multi-cultural environment.

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ICT (INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY) LITERACYApply Technology Effectively• Use technology as a tool to reach, organize, evaluate and

communicate information.• Use digital technologies (e.g., computers, PDAs, media players,

GPS, etc,).Communication/ networking tools, and social networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and crate information to successfully function in a knowledge economy.

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• Effective oral & written communication• Collaboration across network• Agility & adaptability• Grit• Resilience• Empathy & goal stewardship• Vision• Self-regulation• Hope & optimism• Curiosity and imagination• Initiative & entrepreneurialism• Critical thinking & Problem-solving

Other Skills and Attributes of the 21st century learners