What is a 21st Century Learner?

Today we introduced our Inquiry topic for the term.

‘What is a 21st Century Learner?’

This question created a great discussion within our classroom. But, we did not use the tradition method of brainstorming on the whiteboard, we used Verso app.

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This app allowed each student to share their response with the class anonymously. This app created a fantastic discussion about what a 21st Century Learner is and if it just included using technology, or rather the whole set up of a classroom where students direct their learning.

Some interesting points of discussion that were created included

  • We use a range of devices including Chromebooks, iPads, Computers, Blogs to support our learning
  • A 21st Century Learner is using technology to help them learn and share their learning with others.
  • When we use this much technology, will the risk of cyber bullying increase or decrease with the new technology?
  • In the olden days they learned so much different to a 21st century learner. We use modern technology, and have a more free decision to learn about what we want to learn, like genius hour. What do you think is the biggest difference between a 21st century learner and an olden day learner?
  • A 21st century learner is a very successful learner because we have so much technology that can help us to be successful in what we do.
  • Would a person still using books and paper still be a 21st century learner or not?
  • What would a learner look like in the next 5 years and how would that be different to now?
  • I think a 21st Century Learner is, someone that uses different types of technology to find an answer.

These are just a few of the discussion questions answered and discussed by the students in 6EK.

Questions:

  • What did you like most about using Verso App?
  • Do you have any other suggestions on ways we can continue to use VersoApp in our classroom?
  • Would you recommend Verso app to others and why?

The big surprise was… 1:1 Chromebooks

The big surprise that I was keeping from the students was revealed on Monday.

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Each student in year 6 received a Chromebook. If you are wondering what a Chromebook is just watch the video below to give you an insight on this wonderful device …

The students are very excited to be using these devices and have been exploring the power of them within our classroom.

Students have also been learning about being Cyber-Safe on the Internet.

imgresBelow are some photos of the students exploring and using their new Chromebooks.

Questions:

  • What do you like most about your Chromebook?
  • What are some of the class rules about the use of Chromebooks?
  • What do you like about using Google in the classroom?