I believe 21st Century education is a blend of traditional themes and novel technology in service to the enduring and essential questions. It's as much about our common humanity as ever because technology is shrinking the globe. Our students not only are going to have to deal with keeping their batteries charged but also working with or competing agains their peers half a world away. Ethics, civics, and just good ole common sense are values for the post-Me generations. The relationships and relevancy that engage learners are perhaps heightened nowadays, but everpresent in good teaching of yore.
Twenty-first century learning, in toto, may be a reminder of what great English language arts teaching has always been (and a call to realign our practice), as well as a call to work with ICT and audio-visual media with new emphasis.
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