21st Century Technology

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Education in the twenty-first century thus emphasizes the development of what is known as Twenty-first Century Knowledge (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 2003). Students who possess Twenty-first Century Knowledge demonstrate the capability to use IT in daily pursuits in four aspects. Firstly, they demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts and the ability to apply IT in information processing. Secondly, they demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge and develop innovative products and processes using IT. Thirdly, they use IT to communicate and work collaboratively both to support individual Learning and to contribute to the Learning of others. They also understand the human, cultural and societal issues…show more content…
The teacher is the key to the effective exploitation of this resource in the educational system. As computer use continues to increase in society, educators must also prepare for the use of computers within the classroom. This involves all levels of education, including elementary schools (McCannon& Crews, 2000). The role of the elementary school teacher is evolving from that of a giver of information to that of a facilitator of student learning. New technologies already exist to help teachers complete that evolution (Downs, Clark & Bennett, 1995). Beginning in 1982, the Turkish Government introduced a series of funding initiatives to promote the use of information technology in schools. Applying information technology to effective Learning and teaching is the key point in the current Turkish education policy. Positive teacher attitudes toward computers and computing skills are recognized by researchers as a necessary component for effective use of computer technology in the classroom. Hizal (1989) indicated that the process of planning for technology use should consider the teacher’s beliefs and knowledge about technology. This affects the decisions they make about strategies, procedures and materials for instruction. Kulahci and Gurol (1991) compared teachers in a computer course with a control group of teachers who…show more content…
The first one is the ability to demonstrate ‘Digital-Age Literacy’. Learners who possess this ability can develop basic information, technological literacy and global awareness. The second one is the ability to perform ‘Inventive Thinking’. Learners who possess this ability can demonstrate higher order thinking and sound reasoning to manage complexity in a curious, creative and self-directed manner. The third one is the ability to make ‘Effective Communication’. Learners who possess this ability can demonstrate collaboration and interpersonal skills with a respect for personal, social and civic responsibility in interactive communication. The fourth one is the ability to achieve ‘High Productivity’. Learners who possess this ability can make effective use of real-world tools for prioritising, planning and managing for results and producing relevant, high-quality products. The abilities characterising Twenty-first Century Knowledge can be developed under the approach of enquiry Learning and self-regulated Learning, which usually require learners to demonstrate the abilities to apply digital-age literacy, inventive thinking and effective communication skills to achieve high productivity in the Learning process. Project-based Learning is one of the enquiry Learning

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