21st Century Learning Skills
- Critical Thinking
What’s this all about?
- Our students are different than those from just 10 years ago. Today’s students are “digital natives.” The group of students we are teaching today are known as the “Net Generation.”
- Book – “Grown Up Digital” by Don Tapscott
- Teachers need to adapt to students in order to remain effective
- So many negative views of current generation, but honestly we are teaching the smartest and most capable kids ever.
- “Don’t blame the kids” — it’s just how they are! :-)
How can I be effective with “Net Gen” students?
- Try to see things from the student’s perspective. Imagine if you grew up with a cell phone and other current technology. You would be different too!
- Bond with students — really get to know them on a personal and social level. But know the boundaries!
- Embrace their learning style and culture. In order to be effective we must REALLY get to know our kids including what they like, how they think, and how they live.
- Combine Aural and visual stimulation. Come up with new lessons that involve innovative teaching strategies that will motivate them to participate and practice.
Automate and Motivate
I demonstrated ways you can automate and spice up your orchestra classroom routines using Garageband (Mac) or other multi-track audio editors such as Audacity (Mac/Win).
See the following examples from my session at ASTA 2011 by following this link…
- Tuning Sequences
- Rote Warm-Ups/Ear Training
Why using technology in your classroom will work…
- Students need guidance, especially younger students
- Students also work more efficiently under a regular routine
- Helps increase proximity to individual students, keeping them on task.
- Enhance rehearsals combining aural and visual stimulation
- Amount of technology used
- Frequency of use
- Class size
- Students’ tech knowledge
- Teacher’s tech knowledge