What is 21st Century Learning.

21st Century learning refers to vital core competencies that all schools need to teach students in order to prepare them for life in our ever changing world.


These competencies include collaboration, organisation, digital literacy, critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, and risk taking.  


If we, as educators, are not teaching these skills to our students then we are doing them a disservice. 

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Education in the 21st century is a high stakes enterprise.  Preparing students for life in an increasingly digitised society demands teachers arm students with skills necessary for further study and jobs - many of which have not yet been created. Collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking form the foundation that underpins 21st Century learning. 


adopt an unconventional approach to CREATIVITY.


Creativity is essential for preparing students effectively for a digital, information and knowledge based economy. In order for them to be successful in a workforce where many jobs do not even exist yet, they need to think differently.


Teachers need to become productive modern knowledge workers who embrace this level of education and adopt a more unconventional approach to thinking and creating.


Sir Ken Robinson believes creativity is not an option, it is an absolute necessity.

Robinson argues creativity needs to be championed so educators can feel empowered to teach it as a critical competency across all areas of the curriculum.


Adobe believes creativity is imperative for students' success in a global marketplace. 

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Become a knowledge worker.


Knowledge workers determine their own needs and goals and use their connections and networks to acquire information and develop their knowledge.  


Teachers who are knowledge workers think beyond the traditional education paradigms. They act as coaches, coordinators and mentors, and they effect change. 




Both the Australian Curriculum and the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, upon which the national curriculum is based, posit all educational stakeholders must commit to understanding modern educational challenges.  These include:


Personalising learning and pedagogy that embraces everyday life in a technology rich world.


Adopting a pedagogical approach that focuses on real life problems and solutions.


Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners.



Naomi Wiseman - Teacher

The 21st century skills are a set of abilities that students need to develop in order to succeed in the information age.


The rate of change in technology and in society is so rapid that to prepare young people to live, work and be successful in the 21st Century, they will need the ability to think both creatively and critically.

NSW Department of Education and Communities

We are moving towards a new age, characterised in education by self-managing learners, peer-to-peer student engagement, transdisciplinary learning, and authentic, active assessment.


To be an effective teacher in the 21st Century, teachers need to be able to engage and interact with a wide variety of information from an ever increasing range of sources. 

Knowledge Networks & Digital Information.

Highly effective teachers are able to analyse data, and use it to drive planning, teaching and learning.

Naomi Wiseman

Teachers must shift from traditional principles of teaching to the modern pillars of curation, design and feedback to fully engage students in their learning. 

Gayle Allen, The New Pillars of Modern Teaching.

Remote Learning is a perfect opportunity to embrace a genius hour/passion project style of student exploration. Let students really dive DEEP into something they want to learn. We often complain about a lack of time for this type of self-directed learning...this may be your chance to embrace it. 

Dave Burgess, Teach Like a Pirate

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