Thursday, January 17, 2013

Instructional Strategies for the 21st Century Student

Students learn in many different ways.  Today's students are constantly bombarded with information.  Teachers need to use different instructional strategies to reach today's students.  We can't just stand in front of the room and present information.  We need to challenge our students to meet the demands of the world and that includes the use of technology.  If we don't do this, our students will get more and more behind with the rest of the world.  Additionally, students are using technology more and more outside of the classroom.  It makes no sense to have them shut down that part of their life while they are in the classroom.

The implementation of technology into the different instructional strategies will be more and more important in the upcoming years.  Students need to be taught the basics from typing and how to use word processing programs, but there are so many ways in which technology can be used to enhance today's learners.  For example, within my own teaching, I am finding that I need to find new ways to reach my students, to keep them engaged and to prepare them for their futures.  They are creating video presentations, e-portfolios, we are putting performances on youtube, using blogs for reflection and so much more.  Time and time again I hear my students get excited when I introduce a new use of technology to enhance a project.  As teachers, we need to start going outside our comfort zones and find ways for technology to enhance our lessons.  However, we need to make sure we are not using technology just for the sake of using technology.  As with anything we do, it needs to connect to the learning objective.

Example of Different Instructional Strategies

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