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21st Century… more than just technology

Photography by Kamla, Grade 5 at ISHCMC

I just had an interesting conversation with my colleague, Alicia. We were discussing ┬árelaxation and concentration and the difficulty many students have with them. We drifted on to the topic of “21st Century teaching and learning” and how that immediately seems to mean TECHNOLOGY.

But, why should 21st Century teaching and learning only be about technology, and how do we break away from that limiting (and pretty scary) assumption.

What other things could be the ingredients of a 21st Century education? Here are some of my thoughts, please feel free to add more!

  • Mindfulness
  • Concentration
  • Open-mindedness
  • Compassion
  • Ecological intelligence
  • Self-awareness
  • Well-being
  • Aesthetic appreciation

That’s what I came up with so far, and… if we are honest with each other… technology is actually the enemy of many of those things. In fact, we can link the over-use or mindless use of technology to the exact opposite of most of those things. For example, most of the kids who struggle to relax or concentrate are that way because they are so used to devices being given to them to keep them occupied.

Of course, technology is going be a major factor in the 21st Century. But, unless people grow to see it as a tool and that actually they are more important than the technology, we could be doomed.