Learning for the 21st Century


Isabel Vandemoer writes, The earth is changing quickly, and technology is driving the next wave.

The earth is changing quickly, and technology is driving the next wave. Robots and humans may end up more alike than we thought, according to Stevan Kolman on July 27, 2007. Teachers from all over Colorado came to a Summer Teacher’s Convention today. One of the daily presentations they were able to watch was a powerpoint presentation by Stevan Kalmon. He explained how learning in the 21st century should be different. The presentation was found interesting, excellent, and scary by a portion of the audience. Who knew learning in the 21st century could be so complex? The audience took an expedition through the thrills and mazes of the World Wide Web. We explored from google to youtube, wikipedia to second-life, and more fun places. Stevan Kalmon made a statement about how learning systems must change. Students in school right now are learning to type and how to use programs on the internet and on a computer desktop as electives instead of Home Ec, and Art. In my opinion, typing will need to be understood someday when we want to apply for jobs, but we can go to Wal-Mart and buy a computer typing program. We can learn about the computer at home, we don’t need to learn about it at school! Next, Stevan compared the cultural shifts; AKA the past to present to future waves. In the past, it was Hunting and Gathering.The first wave was Agriculture. Industry followed on the second wave.Now, the third wave, is information. People are already thinking about the future fourth wave and what it will be like. Can you imagine? Chaos was one of Stevan’s main points in his presentation. The theory of chaos is systems are unpredictable, but orderly. The main points of chaos are : >boundaries and patterns >simple variables, infinity acting >and instability essential to change and more complex structure Information was another main point of the powerpoint. The information theory is dynamic, a changing field of energy. The points of information are: >understood by behavior and character >essential for organizing life >and generated in chaotic circumstances I interviewed three teachers form the convention and asked them what they thought about the presentation. Patti Marco, a Resource teacher from Loveland, Colorado said she thinks that it was scary, because it’s all happening so fast. Judy Rothman, an Art teacher from Denver, Colorado thought the presentation was excellent. It had lots of food for thought. Jean, a Substitute teacher from Denver, Colorado said the presentation was extremely interesting. It has to do with change and what we need to do to put it into the classroom. As you can see, the opinions are all different. Stevan caught the attention of the audience ranging from youth to adult. I realized that the younger audience found it exciting and interesting, while the older audience found it scary because everything is changing so quickly. You would think that teachers would know many things, especially about teaching in the 21st century, but we think wrong. Every single person in the audience learned many knew facts today. Thanks Stevan!