Thursday, October 15, 2009

of 21st century skills and integrating technology in classroom

salam and hi to all,

this is the 8th week since i put my steps in UM [i know, its lame to tell the same story but, let it be, i like it this way :P]

ok, this week we have been introduced with two different articles namely "21st century skills curriculum and instructions " as well as "2008 Horizon Report" where these two articles touch more on the aspect of integrating technology in class or teaching and learning session.

the first article focuses more on the subject of 21st century skills and ways of achieving them besides how do we as tecahers to achieve them as well as the impacts to both teachers and learners. we are also discussing on the topic of 21st century students where these our our bunches of future students when we are about for school later. i do feel that we really need enough preparations to handle and deal with these students since we know that kids nowadays are more advanced than the adults, sometimes, they know a lot more than we does and sometimes, what they know might be useful or harmful to them. so, in order to choose the best or to filter any harmful content from "attacking" them, thus it is very important for us to be one step ahead from them.

but, mind you, i am not stating here that we need to be one step ahead of everything; for sure some things are exceptional and seems impossible, but for things like education and all, it is not impossible. we are the one who hold the "power" here since it is all in our hands, so it is us who needs to choose the best way for them. and this is where all the educational discussions, brainstormings, notes, teachings and etc comes in and guide us through the way! ^^,

Besides that, the second article which is the 2008 Horizon Report is more or less discussing the same thing except that this time they have the key points on what to be emphasized and concentrate on. This report has describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years and this continues to be a great report to help institutions with their five year plans. in this particular 2008 report, they choose to focus on the following topics:

- Grassroots Video
- Collaboration Webs
- Mobile Broadband
- Data Mashups
- Collective Intelligence
- Social Operating Systems

and this is being conducted in three different adoption horizons namely

a) Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
Grassroots Video
Collaboration Webs
b) Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years
Mobile Broadband
Data Mashups
c) Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
Collective Intelligence
Social Operating Systems

what i can say is that, I GAINED A LOT through the discussion and really feels the urge to be well versed in technology [ not only technology but how to use it so that it would benefit us to the maximum] so that i am able to hold this knowledge and give it to my studnets later.

before i forget, this would be our last class with beloved mr. fauzi since his contract is already over and Prof. Rohaida will take over his place. he's a GREAT lecturer i must say and that i'm very comfortable being in his class. heh~ my safety need is being fulfilled, i guess :P

well, i think, that's about it. pen off.

till then,

salam and bye bye bye

p/s: btw, wants to know more? read these links

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