What should a “21st Century Manager” BUILD?

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  1. So what is 21st century education? It is bold. It breaks the mold. It is flexible, creative, challenging, and complex. It addresses a rapidly changing world filled with fantastic new problems as well as exciting new possibilities. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research supporting an increasing number of 21st century schools. I would like to focus on my talk which is about Nonformal Education. Like all other forms of educating our masses from the young once to the adults who stopped studying due to various reasons the aim of the Department of Education is to reduce the number of illiterate out-of-school youth and adults, plus continue education through basic development projects.
    That’s why I quoted “If we cannot bring the deprived, depressed, and underserved citizens back to school, we must skill them where they are.” The experience I had with our class is an eye-opener. I have learned that we do not need a formal classroom to reach out and teach. It could be anywhere as long as there are those who would like to learn. And from these thought I have committed myself to keep on teaching while I have the energy.
    Thank you Ma’am Gail for the entire semester of being with you. I enjoyed it very much although I had my absences, you were very accommodating and caring. For that I am very grateful. Hope that you would be my professor again in the future… Labs yu mam!

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  2. as 21st century manager, i should build a character, discipline and integrity. I should provide accurate, timely and constructive feedback to update their beliefs and expectations regarding the outcomes of their future actions. Also, the open communication for planning, strategizing, decision-making, and problem solving.

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  3. A 21st century manager is someone that could understand every details of his/her school. Someone that gives consideration to his/ her teachers. Someone whose time is not limited and fully devoted to his/her work. A person who never underestimate others. A person who never blame someone when problem arises but provides immediate action and solution. And most importantly, a person who has a BIG HEART for the school, for the teachers and for the pupils and also for the future generation.

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  4. A 21st century manager/ leader/teacher should always have/possess good qualities that would be suited for the 21st century learners.

    1. Optimistic
    Managers should be open-minded of the things that would probably happen and the ideas that his/her teachers giving. On the other hand, manager will be the last word to say so he/she must be a good decision-maker.

    2. Flexible
    Teachers and managers should always be flexible with all the activities or programs in school. We are the role model of our learners we should be imitated by them,so lets be imitated by being active and flexible.

    3. Passion/ Love of work
    Manager or teacher should have their love of work so that everything will be smooth-sailing. As what Aristotle had said, ” Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. We must always put our hearts in our profession, for we are the last hope of our generation.

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  5. As I learned in our discussions in Mgt. Of ALS, as a 21st century manager, We should try to build a community of lifelong learners. Many have been said already how our government deals with the unemployment rate, the poverty issue and they attempted many solutions already and still, our country is facing more problems. If every individual is educated, that is at least functionally literate, then there might be hope for every one of us. As an educator, i commit myself to be a compassionate teacher, a facilatator of learning and an agent of change.

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  6. Noime B. Cureg
    EDM 518, ALS

    “ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

    We teachers have crucial roles to play in preparing young people not only to face the future with confidence but to build it with purpose and responsibility. It is likely to become even more critical in the twenty-first century. It is something more than teaching is… we teachers should get involved and goes far beyond mere time-table and lesson planning.

    A 21st century manager/educator builds up a better society, a better nation and a better world. But how are we going to get there and achieve these goals. The answer is within us, let’s try to change our mind into a better perspective. We educators as the agents of change, we all have the opportunity to empower the students. The future lies on how we build the characters, minds and values of the future generation – to inspire. It depends on how we do it inside the classroom. If we can change a classroom towards a better person definitely we can change a community, and if we change enough communities a better world follows… Hand in hand we can make it!

    Cureg, Noime B.
    BHS, Makati City

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  7. Noime B. Cureg
    EDM 518, ALS

    “ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandel.
    We teachers have crucial roles to play in preparing young people not only to face the future with confidence but to build it with purpose and responsibility. It is likely to become even more critical in the twenty-first century. It is something more than teaching is… we teachers should get involved and goes far beyond mere time-table and lesson planning.

    A 21st century manager/educator builds up a better society, a better nation and a better world. But how are we going to get there and achieve these goals. The answer is within us, let’s try to change our mind into a better perspective. We educators as the agents of change, we all have the opportunity to empower the students. The future lies on how we build the characters, minds and values of the future generation – to inspire. It depends on how we do it inside the classroom. If we can change a classroom towards a better person definitely we can change a community, and if we change enough communities a better world follows… Hand in hand we can make it!

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  8. Noime B. Cureg

    EDM 518, ALS

    “ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandel.
    We teachers have crucial roles to play in preparing young people not only to face the future with confidence but to build it with purpose and responsibility. It is likely to become even more critical in the twenty-first century. It is something more than teaching is… we teachers should get involved and goes far beyond mere time-table and lesson planning.

    A 21st century manager/educator builds up a better society, a better nation and a better world. But how are we going to get there and achieve these goals. The answer is within us, let’s try to change our mind into a better perspective. We educators as the agents of change, we all have the opportunity to empower the students. The future lies on how we build the characters, minds and values of the future generation – to inspire. It depends on how we do it inside the classroom. If we can change a classroom towards a better person definitely we can change a community, and if we change enough communities a better world follows… Hand in hand we can make it!

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  9. Lerma Inocencio😘
    It needs a great 21st century manager to build a Great Sales Team. The 21st manager develop and nurture the customer relationships. The manager that also built a team of excellent salespeople that will win sales and make this year’s goal. An excellent manager thst will bring excellence to all her territories. An excellent manager may inherit average salespeople, but in the long run he will counsel, coach, motivate, or replace salespeople until the entire team is excellent.

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  10. In an increasingly interconnected global economy, we have to prepare our students for a future in which their success depends not only on an ability to understand diverse perspectives and cultures, but also on an ability to communicate in different languages.Employers seek multilingual employees and all students – English and non-English learners alike – deserve access to this invaluable skill.”

    In 1998 voters passed an initiative that required all instruction in public schools to be conducted in English. After its passage, the number of elementary age students enrolled in some form of multilingual program sharply declined from 39 percent in 1997 to 13 percent in 2001.

    it is critical for our country to enable public schools to educate their students mulitlingually. Becoming biliterate will not only give students a valuable 21st Century skill, but also celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and recognize that languages are an asset to our nation and society.

    Multiple studies have shown that supporting children’s home language in early years is critical to later academic achievement, and results in better outcomes than Fikipino-only approaches. Additionally, researchers have also found that it is not just Fiipino learners who benefit from instruction in two languages or more.

    Extensive research has shown that students who build strong biliteracy skills (in English and one or more other languages) have higher academic success, a foundation for increased salary earnings, and stronger cognitive skills as they grow older,i believe that this will promote educational equity and excellence in our schools and create a pathway for success for all students in the 21st century.”

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  11. A 21st century manager builds and develops life-long learners who will be the main contributors for the success of the nation. Being a 21st century leader, he has the capability to empower the youth, resulting in an ensured better future for the Philippines. He should focus on implementing various learning activities and programs that will eventually bring out and hone the potential skills that his learners encompass. He should use the advancement of the 21st century, in terms of the technology, as his advantage in educating the basic blocks for the development of the country.

    Juan P. Cayabyab Jr.

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  12. A 21st century manager builds and develops life-long learners who will be the main contributors for the success of the nation. Being a 21st century leader, he has the capability to empower the youth, resulting in an ensured better future for the Philippines. He should focus on implementing various learning activities and programs that will eventually bring out and hone the potential skills that his learners encompass. He should use the advancement of the 21st century, in terms of the technology, as his advantage in educating the basic blocks for the development of the country.

    Juan P. Cayabyab Jr.

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  13. Antonia A. Canceran

    Our educational system now a days facing a tremendous changes in our curriculum, we are also challenge to upgrade our skills and knowledge as an educator. For me a 21st Century manager, should possess a outstanding CHARACTER, who is God-fearing, responsible,patient, passionate, giver,understanding, organize, versatile,a leader,have a sense of responsibility and most of all a big heart .
    It’s a big challenge to be effective 21st century manager but if we are willing to give our best to help our country in promoting education for all,we can make it! Because teachers are curators of yesterday’s and architect of tomorrow! We are the one who can make and unmake our students. We build INTEGRITY, that even if nobody is doing the right thing we still stand what is right.We also build RESPECT, this is the true essence of leadership,through respecting the diversity of our learners we can show to them that we are true role model . We also build LOVE!, love for everything we do, passion to promote quality education even if some is already in the stage of giving up! We should always willing to give our time, effort to help our learners and others when they are in need. We are agent of change! A 21st century manager never say never in all the changes in our society, instead he keeps on making difference and have a positive attitude towards attaining the education for all!

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  14. Mary Celeste A. Ramos

    To be a 21st Century Manager, one must have a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. He should be able to touch the lives of his staff and learners. He should be a great leader who sets good example to his followers. Passion is the self-driven attitude about his job and his work that can help lead him down the path to success. He consults his conscience before taking any actions to make sure that his decision is what God desires him to do so. He is a good servant of God. When he notices what needs to be done, he does it—joyfully, without grumbling or complaining. He is selfless and considerate. He has a vision and a clear direction of how to get from where their department or school is at in the here-and-now to where they want it to be. He has the ability to get his staff to buy-into and share his values. His good sense of humor also goes a long way as does taking a common sense approach combined with creativity, reliability, sensitivity and trustworthiness. Indeed, he understands that honesty and transparency are vitally important to all school entities. He recognizes the weaknesses and strengths of his staff and learners. He makes clear what is expected of people and recognizes their efforts and achievements. He makes his team motivated and committed. He is an icon of inspiration.

    To be a 21st Century Manager, one must possess all of the above. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  15. Mary Celeste A. Ramos
    To be a 21st Century Manager, one must have a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. He should be able to touch the lives of his staff and learners. He should be a great leader who sets good example to his followers. Passion is the self-driven attitude about his job and his work that can help lead him down the path to success. He consults his conscience before taking any actions to make sure that his decision is what God desires him to do so. He is a good servant of God. When he notices what needs to be done, he does it—joyfully, without grumbling or complaining. He is selfless and considerate. He has a vision and a clear direction of how to get from where their department or school is at in the here-and-now to where they want it to be. He has the ability to get his staff to buy-into and share his values. His good sense of humor also goes a long way as does taking a common sense approach combined with creativity, reliability, sensitivity and trustworthiness. Indeed, he understands that honesty and transparency are vitally important to all school entities. He recognizes the weaknesses and strengths of his staff and learners. He makes clear what is expected of people and recognizes their efforts and achievements. He makes his team motivated and committed. He is an icon of inspiration.

    A 21st Century Manager should possess all of the above in order for him to BUILD a learning ORGANIZATION with a rich and adaptable CULTURE. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  16. Ritchel C. Villanueva
    EDM 518, Management of the Alternative Learning System

    WHAT SHOULD A “21ST CENTURY MANAGER” BUILD?

    The rate of change in the 21st century is tremendous. We see a lot of positive changes around us. Learning has been made a lot easier through the web. A wide range of information is readily available at the tip of our fingers through advance technology. We are aware of the many cultures around us. It’s easy to identify various practices countries have. Much of the jobs we have today didn’t exist in the past. Medical advances offer cures on many diseases we couldn’t treat before. The list of advantages goes on.

    On the other hand, it’s also easy to see the negative effects brought to us by this fast-pacing world. We can see that there’s too much information available to the extent that learners have a hard time identifying things that are truly essential in life. They try to imitate and even embrace almost everything they hear and see in the media be it seemly or unbecoming. They quickly get lost in the journey of life. Modes of communication are becoming more impersonal. People have created too many connections but can hardly find genuine and lasting relationships. Too much knowledge has even led some people to gain control over others.

    As a 21st century manager, I’d like to emphasize the great need of building a country with people of strong moral and spiritual fiber. This entails molding future leaders to be honest in whatever they do, brave in fighting for what is right and God-fearing – to please God and not men. Second, I believe that we should build a new generation of critical thinkers. We need citizens that are capable of knowing when to say yes or no. These are only short words but can create a huge impact in our country and to the bigger picture – the world. Our youth should be able to choose decisively the things that are to be embraced from those that ought to be thrown away from their system. We also need to build holistic citizens, that is, tapping into the various intelligences – the gifts – endowed by God to each of us. This means that as teachers, we can motivate the learners to excel by using their strengths to the maximum and turning their weaknesses into strengths. We need to create a spark in them and light their way so they can be at their fullest. We need to build a nation that caters equal access to opportunities and we can do this through creating and supporting various alternative learning systems that can reach even the farthest learner of this country.

    More power to us, the 21st century managers. More power to Bureau of Alternative Learning System. May they continue expanding and creating more opportunities to the underprivileged.

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  17. Ritchel C. Villanueva
    EDM 518, Management of the Alternative Learning System

    WHAT SHOULD A “21ST CENTURY MANAGER” BUILD?

    The rate of change in the 21st century is tremendous. We see a lot of positive changes around us. Learning has been made a lot easier through the web. A wide range of information is readily available at the tip of our fingers through advance technology. We are aware of the many cultures around us. It’s easy to identify various practices countries have. Much of the jobs we have today didn’t exist in the past. Medical advances offer cures on many diseases we couldn’t treat before. The list of advantages goes on.

    On the other hand, it’s also easy to see the negative effects brought to us by this fast-pacing world. We can see that there’s too much information available to the extent that learners have a hard time identifying things that are truly essential in life. They try to imitate and even embrace almost everything they hear and see in the media be it seemly or unbecoming. They quickly get lost in the journey of life. Modes of communication are becoming more impersonal. People have created too many connections but can hardly find genuine and lasting relationships. Too much knowledge has even led some people to gain control over others.

    As a 21st century manager, I’d like to emphasize the great need of building a country with people of strong moral and spiritual fiber. This entails molding future leaders to be honest in whatever they do, brave in fighting for what is right and God-fearing – to please God and not men. Second, I believe that we should build a new generation of critical thinkers. We need citizens that are capable of knowing when to say yes or no. These are only short words but can create a huge impact in our country and to the bigger picture – the world. Our youth should be able to choose decisively the things that are to be embraced from those that ought to be thrown away from their system. We also need to build holistic citizens, that is, tapping into the various intelligences – the gifts – endowed by God to each of us. This means that as teachers, we can motivate the learners to excel by using their strengths to the maximum and turning their weaknesses into strengths. We need to create a spark in them and light their way so they can be at their fullest. We need to build a nation that caters equal access to opportunities and we can do this through creating and supporting various alternative learning systems that can reach even the farthest learner of this country.

    More power to us, the 21st century managers. More power to Bureau of Alternative Learning System. May they continue expanding and creating more opportunities to the underprivileged.

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  18. A 21st century managers should interact with students and let them learn on their own through experience. In that way, we let them analyze things on their own, cooperate and collaborate with their classmates and to have a critical thinking. Technology should also be applied to your established activities where they can explore, research more about the topic, personalized and be motivated. We should let them discover their own passion.

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  19. Authentic education develops the “whole child”, the “whole person”. As a 21st century manager we have to see our learners in a different context.As an affective manager first, I will maintain student interest by helping them to see how their learning prepares them for life in the real world.Second instill curiosity which is fundamental to lifelong learning and let them value education.Third I will be flexible in teaching them,especially in handling open high school students and ALS learners,I will give extra time for them for remedial class and consultation.Lastly I will excite learners to become more resourceful so that they will continue to learn online .
    It is equally important to develop the skills of the 21st century learners..

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  20. A s 21ST century manager and teacher, we are the powerful agent of transformation in preparing our students to be a person with CHARACTER. With the transformation of technology nowadays, there is also a change in the set of beliefs and values of the youth. It has a big help in our system of education and in our daily teaching jobs. But as a 21st century teacher, we should not forget to inculcate the values to the students as this could change the negativity in our society. We must inspire them to be good, let them participate and give them equal opportunities in our class. We must be their inspiration , be an influence for them to be better . … a goal oriented person .

    Never give up as a TEACHER
    because in every crisis
    that we encounter ,
    there will always be an
    OPPORTUNITY.

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  21. To be a 21’st Century Manager, be a holistic of changes, innovative, accept challenges and never stop learning…
    Values must be preserved and let the learners continue the legacy of being high moral and educate them to be a responsible citizen. Education is the best weapon can be our edge that cannot bought by anyone. Be an inspiration of changes to our collegues.. Always be humble and never forget the person that being part of our success..
    Let our learners have a positive outlook in Education and encourage them also to continue their studies.
    Be a passionate teacher and inspire them to reach their goals and dreams in life….

    According to Pope Francis…”TEACHING is a beautiful job; as it allows you to see the growth day by day of people entrusted to your care. It is a little like being parents, at least spiritually. It is a great responsibilty.”

    Be a faithful servant or manager of the 21st Century…

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  22. What should the “21st Century Manager Build?
    As 21st century manager and teacher, we should be highly motivated, inspired, and dedicated. Because we facing learners who are very much equip with information from very wide and accesible technology. If we are motivated, then we can also motivate them to listen to us… accept our help in digesting the information they’ve got. Let’s inspire them to be a better person a unique person who can also inspire others.
    As teacher, i am dedicated to build a child who can stand alone in the future.

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  23. Changes are inevitable in every aspect of our life so as with our education. We have to cope up with this changes for us to produce people which are needed by our society. Thus, educators in the 21st should produce builders of our nation who are information technology expert, equip with lifelong skills and embedded with values and norms which will serve as their armour in facing challenges in this fast changing world.

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  24. Teachers considered 21st Century Manager and every success beginning with the teacher. We don’t have “Lawyer, Doctor, Engineer, Architect and etc. in this world without them. So, What Should a 21st Century Manager Build???… As a teacher and manager of this 21st Century, we need to be equipped not only in technologies and informations but also in our personalities, because attitude, passion and dedication to work could lead to build everything be possible. We build “good personality” among students, we build “love and respect” among arudents, we build “good memoirs” among students, we build “knowledge” among students and we build our students become “good and responsible citizens”. And through to our students, we can build our nation become successful, strong and world competent.

    Erwin M. Buscargas
    EDM 516

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  25. There is a popular passage from the Bible, the inspired Word of God, that says like this, “My people perish because of lack of vision.” Many understand this to have a vision. But the vision here refers to the word of God. So the meaning of this passage is, people perish because of the absence of the word of God in their life. This God’s word is enough to remind us that, in order to build a great nation we must BUILD THE MIND, teach our youth based on the principle of God’s word, which is love God and our neighbor.

    Consider the Western history, the countries in Europe, way back to the 500 AD to Medieval Era, to Reformation and Renaissance. These countries were guided by the principle of God’s word, noble kings, priests, preacher, governors if faithful in following the word of God they performed task that profited their people. The point is, these countries were guided by the Bible. Even the United States of America, their pioneers were Protestants, they build their nation according to the principle of God’s word.

    LET US BUILD THE MIND, BUILD THE CHARACTER according to the Scripture while performing our duty as an educator. From the mind is the issue of life. And quote: “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he .(Proverbs 23:7 King James Version)” and … Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transform by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)”

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  26. As a 21st century manager in the educational institution should apply the Total Quality Management (TQM) which is have a principle of student/customer focus, commitment and involvement of all staff in all activity and program, good leadership, management by process and continues learning innovation through seminar and training’s of the teacher and apply it in a classroom settings.

    For me as a teacher in order to be a good manager in a classroom settings, I would be a student centered that teach them how to learn their own and let them discover by itself their strength and skill. It also know them not only inside the classroom but also know them psychologically, their problems, history and family background and help them to overcome it. Show them that you are not only a teacher but also a second parent

    There is no best strategy at all times. The environment is always subject for change. as a manager or teacher you must flexible enough that you have ability o adjust in any situation you have encountered if they needed. Just like the culture of generation of youth today. Be wise 21st century manager!

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  27. ” We all live under the same sky, but we do not have the same horizon”
    by Konrad Adenavauer

    Accidental or incidental, learning takes place. As 21st century teachers love and compassion for our students should not wither. I’ll help them realize how lucky they are in having a chance to be in a formal school with modern equipment aided by an up to date technology because as of this time not all learners like them has the same privilege.
    Put more emphasize on the moral aspect, that is being neglected now a days because of “modernization”. Make them realize that in life its not enough to have a big dream but what matters most is how will you fulfill your dreams despite of the hindrances and circumstances blocks on your way.
    Any advancement in technology cannot match and replace a human heart who loves people around him.

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  28. Obviously, teaching in the 21-century is an altogether different phenomenon; never before could learning be happening the way it is now — everywhere, all the time, on any possible topic, supporting any possible learning style or preference. But what does being a 21st-century teacher really mean?

    1. Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions

    As students have access to any information possible, there certainly is no need to “spoon-feed” the knowledge or teach “one-size fits all” content. As students have different personalities, goals, and needs, offering personalized instructions is not just possible but also desirable. When students are allowed to make their own choices, they own their learning, increase intrinsic motivation, and put in more effort — an ideal recipe for better learning outcomes!

    2. Students as Producers

    Today’s students have the latest and greatest tools, yet, the usage in many cases barely goes beyond communicating with family and friends via chat, text, or calls. Even though students are now viewed as digital natives, many are far from producing any digital content. While they do own expensive devices with capabilities to produce blogs, infographics, books, how-to videos, and tutorials, just to name a few, in many classes, they are still asked to turn those devices off and work with handouts and worksheets. Sadly, often times these papers are simply thrown away once graded. Many students don’t even want to do them, let alone keep or return them later. When given a chance, students can produce beautiful and creative blogs, movies, or digital stories that they feel proud of and share with others.

    3. Learn New Technologies

    In order to be able to offer students choices, having one’s own hands-on experience and expertise will be useful. Since technology keeps developing, learning a tool once and for all is not a option. The good news is that new technologies are new for the novice and and experienced teachers alike, so everyone can jump in at any time! I used a short-term subscription to http://www.lynda.com, which has many resources for learning new technologies.

    4. Go Global

    Today’s tools make it possible to learn about other countries and people first hand. Of course, textbooks are still sufficient, yet, there is nothing like learning languages, cultures, and communication skills from actually talking to people from other parts of the world.

    It’s a shame that with all the tools available, we still learn about other cultures, people, and events from the media. Teaching students how to use the tools in their hands to “visit” any corner of this planet will hopefully make us more knowledgable and sympathetic.

    5. Be Smart and Use Smart Phones

    Once again — when students are encouraged to view their devices as valuable tools that support knowledge (rather than distractions), they start using them as such. I remember my first years of teaching when I would not allow cell phones in class and I’d try to explain every new vocabulary word or answer any question myself — something I would not even think of doing today!

    I have learned that different students have different needs when it comes to help with new vocabulary or questions; therefore, there is no need to waste time and explain something that perhaps only one or two students would benefit from. Instead, teaching students to be independent and know how to find answers they need makes the class a different environment!

    I have seen positive changes ever since I started viewing students’ devices as useful aid. In fact, sometimes I even respond by saying “I don’t know — use Google and tell us all!” What a difference in their reactions and outcomes!

    6. Blog

    I have written on the importance of both student and teacher blogging. Even my beginners of English could see the value of writing for real audience and establishing their digital presence. To blog or not to blog should not be a question any more!

    7. Go Digital

    Another important attribute is to go paperless — organizing teaching resources and activities on one’s own website and integrating technology bring students learning experience to a different level. Sharing links and offering digital discussions as opposed to a constant paper flow allows students to access and share class resources in a more organized fashion.

    8. Collaborate

    Technology allows collaboration between teachers & students. Creating digital resources, presentations, and projects together with other educators and students will make classroom activities resemble the real world. Collaboration should go beyond sharing documents via e-mail or creating PowerPoint presentations. Many great ideas never go beyond a conversation or paper copy, which is a great loss! Collaboration globally can change our entire experience!

    9. Use Twitter Chat

    Participating in Twitter chat is the cheapest and most efficient way to organize one’s own PD, share research and ideas, and stay current with issues and updates in the field. We can grow professionally and expand our knowledge as there is a great conversation happening every day, and going to conferences is no longer the only way to meet others and build professional learning networks.

    10. Connect

    Connect with like-minded individuals. Again, today’s tools allow us to connect anyone, anywhere, anytime. Have a question for an expert or colleague? Simply connect via social media: follow, join, ask, or tell!

    11. Project-Based Learning

    As today’s students have an access to authentic resources on the web, experts anywhere in the world, and peers learning the same subject somewhere else, teaching with textbooks is very “20th-century” (when the previously listed option were not available). Today’s students should develop their own driving questions, conduct their research, contact experts, and create final projects to share all using devices already in their hands. All they need from their teacher is guidance!

    12. Build Your Positive Digital Footprint

    It might sound obvious, but it is for today’s teachers to model how to appropriately use social media, how to produce and publish valuable content, and how to create sharable resources. Even though it’s true that teachers are people, and they want to use social media and post their pictures and thoughts, we cannot ask our students not to do inappropriate things online if we ourselves do it. Maintaining professional behavior both in class and online will help build positive digital footprint and model appropriate actions for students.

    13. Code

    While this one might sound complicated, coding is nothing but today’s literacy. As a pencil or pen were “the tools” of the 20th-century, making it impossible to picture a teacher not capable to operate with it, today’s teacher must be able to operate with today’s pen and pencil, i.e., computers. Coding is very interesting to learn — the feeling of writing a page with HTML is amazing! Even though I have ways to go, just like in every other field, a step at a time can take go a long way. Again, lynda.com is a great resource to start with!

    14. Innovate

    I invite you to expand your teaching toolbox and try new ways you have not tried before, such as teaching with social media or replacing textbooks with web resources. Not for the sake of tools but for the sake of students!

    Ever since I started using TED talks and my own activities based on those videos, my students have been giving a very different feedback. They love it! They love using Facebook for class discussions and announcements. They appreciate novelty — not the new tools, but the new, more productive and interesting ways of using them.

    15. Keep Learning

    As new ways and new technology keep emerging, learning and adapting is essential. The good news is: it’s fun, and even 20 min a day will take you a long way!

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  29. Obviously, teaching in the 21-century is an altogether different phenomenon; never before could learning be happening the way it is now — everywhere, all the time, on any possible topic, supporting any possible learning style or preference. But what does being a 21st-century teacher really mean?

    1. Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions

    As students have access to any information possible, there certainly is no need to “spoon-feed” the knowledge or teach “one-size fits all” content. As students have different personalities, goals, and needs, offering personalized instructions is not just possible but also desirable. When students are allowed to make their own choices, they own their learning, increase intrinsic motivation, and put in more effort — an ideal recipe for better learning outcomes!

    2. Students as Producers

    Today’s students have the latest and greatest tools, yet, the usage in many cases barely goes beyond communicating with family and friends via chat, text, or calls. Even though students are now viewed as digital natives, many are far from producing any digital content. While they do own expensive devices with capabilities to produce blogs, infographics, books, how-to videos, and tutorials, just to name a few, in many classes, they are still asked to turn those devices off and work with handouts and worksheets. Sadly, often times these papers are simply thrown away once graded. Many students don’t even want to do them, let alone keep or return them later. When given a chance, students can produce beautiful and creative blogs, movies, or digital stories that they feel proud of and share with others.

    3. Learn New Technologies

    In order to be able to offer students choices, having one’s own hands-on experience and expertise will be useful. Since technology keeps developing, learning a tool once and for all is not a option. The good news is that new technologies are new for the novice and and experienced teachers alike, so everyone can jump in at any time! I used a short-term subscription to http://www.lynda.com, which has many resources for learning new technologies.

    4. Go Global

    Today’s tools make it possible to learn about other countries and people first hand. Of course, textbooks are still sufficient, yet, there is nothing like learning languages, cultures, and communication skills from actually talking to people from other parts of the world.

    It’s a shame that with all the tools available, we still learn about other cultures, people, and events from the media. Teaching students how to use the tools in their hands to “visit” any corner of this planet will hopefully make us more knowledgable and sympathetic.

    5. Be Smart and Use Smart Phones

    Once again — when students are encouraged to view their devices as valuable tools that support knowledge (rather than distractions), they start using them as such. I remember my first years of teaching when I would not allow cell phones in class and I’d try to explain every new vocabulary word or answer any question myself — something I would not even think of doing today!

    I have learned that different students have different needs when it comes to help with new vocabulary or questions; therefore, there is no need to waste time and explain something that perhaps only one or two students would benefit from. Instead, teaching students to be independent and know how to find answers they need makes the class a different environment!

    I have seen positive changes ever since I started viewing students’ devices as useful aid. In fact, sometimes I even respond by saying “I don’t know — use Google and tell us all!” What a difference in their reactions and outcomes!

    6. Blog

    I have written on the importance of both student and teacher blogging. Even my beginners of English could see the value of writing for real audience and establishing their digital presence. To blog or not to blog should not be a question any more!

    7. Go Digital

    Another important attribute is to go paperless — organizing teaching resources and activities on one’s own website and integrating technology bring students learning experience to a different level. Sharing links and offering digital discussions as opposed to a constant paper flow allows students to access and share class resources in a more organized fashion.

    8. Collaborate

    Technology allows collaboration between teachers & students. Creating digital resources, presentations, and projects together with other educators and students will make classroom activities resemble the real world. Collaboration should go beyond sharing documents via e-mail or creating PowerPoint presentations. Many great ideas never go beyond a conversation or paper copy, which is a great loss! Collaboration globally can change our entire experience!

    9. Use Twitter Chat

    Participating in Twitter chat is the cheapest and most efficient way to organize one’s own PD, share research and ideas, and stay current with issues and updates in the field. We can grow professionally and expand our knowledge as there is a great conversation happening every day, and going to conferences is no longer the only way to meet others and build professional learning networks.

    10. Connect

    Connect with like-minded individuals. Again, today’s tools allow us to connect anyone, anywhere, anytime. Have a question for an expert or colleague? Simply connect via social media: follow, join, ask, or tell!

    11. Project-Based Learning

    As today’s students have an access to authentic resources on the web, experts anywhere in the world, and peers learning the same subject somewhere else, teaching with textbooks is very “20th-century” (when the previously listed option were not available). Today’s students should develop their own driving questions, conduct their research, contact experts, and create final projects to share all using devices already in their hands. All they need from their teacher is guidance!

    12. Build Your Positive Digital Footprint

    It might sound obvious, but it is for today’s teachers to model how to appropriately use social media, how to produce and publish valuable content, and how to create sharable resources. Even though it’s true that teachers are people, and they want to use social media and post their pictures and thoughts, we cannot ask our students not to do inappropriate things online if we ourselves do it. Maintaining professional behavior both in class and online will help build positive digital footprint and model appropriate actions for students.

    13. Code

    While this one might sound complicated, coding is nothing but today’s literacy. As a pencil or pen were “the tools” of the 20th-century, making it impossible to picture a teacher not capable to operate with it, today’s teacher must be able to operate with today’s pen and pencil, i.e., computers. Coding is very interesting to learn — the feeling of writing a page with HTML is amazing! Even though I have ways to go, just like in every other field, a step at a time can take go a long way. Again, lynda.com is a great resource to start with!

    14. Innovate

    I invite you to expand your teaching toolbox and try new ways you have not tried before, such as teaching with social media or replacing textbooks with web resources. Not for the sake of tools but for the sake of students!

    Ever since I started using TED talks and my own activities based on those videos, my students have been giving a very different feedback. They love it! They love using Facebook for class discussions and announcements. They appreciate novelty — not the new tools, but the new, more productive and interesting ways of using them.

    15. Keep Learning

    As new ways and new technology keep emerging, learning and adapting is essential. The good news is: it’s fun, and even 20 min a day will take you a long way!

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