News from Boissevain School

February 8, 2011

The 21st Century Learner

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 12:34 am

On Feb. 7th School Staff gathered to discuss the priorities for Boissevain School.  The focus was on Strategies to Improve Student Achievement, new assessment strategies and what a 21st Century Classroom should look like.  We viewed a video by “Ian Jukes” who talked about the 21st Century Learner.  His message included:

1. Digital learners prefer receiving information quickly from multiple multimedia sources.

2. Digital learners prefer parallel processing and multitasking.

3. Digital learners prefer processing pictures, sounds, color, and video before text.

4. Digital learners prefer random access to hyperlinked multimedia information.

5. Digital learners prefer to network simultaneously with many others.

6. Digital learners prefer learning “just in time.”   Many educators prefer teaching “just in case.”

7. Digital learners prefer instant gratification with immediate and deferred rewards.

8. Digital learners prefer learning that is relevant, active, instantly useful, and fun.

What are some examples of the above Learning Styles that show you are a 21st Century Learner?



  1. Our generation learn better by using computers and we don’t always understand why we have to learn some things because it takes us a second to look it up and tell you.
    That we mostly are more tech savvy than our parents.
    That we play hundreds more hours of video games than our parents did when they were younger and that has increased our reaction time and vision
    but if we are not given things to learn in a very fast way we may loose our attention
    and move on to something else.

    Comment by Chase M — February 10, 2011 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  2. Some examples of the above Learning Style that show that I am 21st Century Learner are that I prefer lessons that involve playing video games, and also like to multitask instead of learning one thing at a time. When we study we like to listen to music, which some teachers think that is to distracting for them. We like to learn things “just in time” instead of the of the old way “just in case” style of learning. 21st Century Learners prefer processing pictures, sounds, colour, and video before text, which most teacher aren’t used to and they really don’t want to change there ways, but they will eventually have to because kids now a days just tune the teachers out which makes learning way harder. (Harley and Brett Collaborated on this response using Google Docs)

    Comment by Harley — February 10, 2011 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  3. Wow! Great thoughts so far Harley and Chase. I never thought that the best way to learn and study would change but apparently it has. It makes sense that some information can be found so quickly so why is it that important to memorize, etc. It is so hard to change habits and routine and I think that is what happens with teachers as they continue in their careers. Us “older” teachers are starting to get what it means to be a 21st century learner but you the student have to be willing to provide feedback on strategies that work for you.

    Comment by Mr.White — February 10, 2011 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  4. Some examples of the above Learning Styles that show that I am a 21st Century Learner are that I prefer lessons that involve relevance, active classes and instantly useful information presented in a fun way. For example; I have a class, where we essentially played “Duck Duck Goose”. Yeah, a bunch of 16 year old’s playing that. Awesome huh? Afterwards, we had to reflect on what skills that game built upon. Of course, custom rules were added by our teacher, and it was for a Drama course so it made sense. Regardless I have trouble memorizing things that are needed for a test, but if it’s presented in a series of short quick worksheets, or lessons. I find that my brain can remember things easier that way. When studying in my room, I am usually listening to music, holding an instant message conversation, and just pacing around my room. I’ll study, do something else, study, do something else, like I do not focus on just straight studying and it seems to work for me. I also know that I learnt spelling, and how to read from playing VIDEO GAMES. I’ve played them since I was 3 and received my first game console. I used to play RPG games that required a basic reading ability to play, I think this helped me out because t enjoy the game, I had to learn how to read. This was the incentive, and upon learning to read properly I was rewarded instantly with the ability to enjoy the game. Awesome. I thought it was. And of course, I learned I also feel that if I learn something in say… Grade 3, for a task I might encounter in like, Grade 11, is completely useless! I’ll have moved it to the “recycling bin” of my mind. It’d be more efficient to learn that in Grade 10, no? Math and such is an exception, because I’ve used it during the years between “3” and “11”.


    Comment by Dallas McDonald — February 10, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

  5. Examples that show that i am a 21st century learner is that use the computers for everything possible. any projects i do i normally start of by using the lab and then find out what the informations is that i need and write it down or copy and paste and then take the information that is important and present it.

    Comment by hintz — February 11, 2011 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  6. Some examples that show that I’m a 21st century learner are that I use an online dictionary before I use a real one; it takes half the time to search a word on and it is easier to find the correct spelling of the word because the website makes suggested searches, something a real dictionary could never do. The online dictionary keeps growing, while a real dictionary always stays with the same amount of definitions as when you got it. With the internet being accessible on everything from iPods to cellphones, I can fit an entire dictionary in my pocket. I prefer learning that is interactive; playing a game of “who wants to be a millionaire” with history questions does more for me than just talking about history, the information gained sticks better. If educational elements are included in fun and active activities, the participants, (students), will not only enjoy the learning process, but they will absorb information easier and at a greater rate. Watching a movie about a subject works better than reading a text book; people often talk about what happened in movie and remember it scene for scene, you never hear someone say, “You know paragraph 3 on page 158? That was epic!”

    Comment by Tyler Dyck — February 22, 2011 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  7. We know how to operate more electronic devices than our parents although they know more about school than most of us. At where we are we have somewhat a bad time of learning but that has nothing to do by how dumb we are its all the technology we have. My learning styles would be i have my iPod on and then i can work easier because it helps me concentrate.

    Comment by Jack — March 7, 2011 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

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