21st Century Learners

I know that many of you who regularly read this blog are engaged in one way or another in trying to turn the vision of  Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence into practical reality in schools and classrooms across Scotland, whether you are a class teacher or a school manager or working to support teachers in some capacity. If you are currently struggling with what a 21st century curriculum might look like, how you might organise the school day more efficiently, how young people prefer to learn, how learning could be more collaborative or more active or more relevant or more contextualised, how you might make use of new technologies, how you might involve the local community more, or what young people think ‘learning the basics’ means, you could do a lot worse than listen to this group of  youngsters  describing what learning in the 21st century means to them. They aren’t Scottish, and I’m pretty sure they won’t be aware of Curriculum for Excellence, but for me they are describing almost perfectly the spirit of the authors of that curriculum blueprint. They are from Ringwood School in Hampshire, which just happens to be the school where a good friend of mine, Andy Wallis, has recently been appointed Subject Leader in Media Studies. Excellent news for Andy, and as those of you who know Andy will agree, very good news for the school. This was ringwoodmedia‘s entry for the ESSA Manifesto for Change Competition in 2009.

2 thoughts on “21st Century Learners

  1. Hi Bill,

    Really pleased that you like the video that the pupils from my future school produced. Before applying, I researched the school heavily, viewed all its video materials, and quickly realised that they share the same values about education as many of us do, and that the essence of CfE seems to be mirrored there.

    As you know, I’m very much looking forward to the new challenges and learning experiences ahead. I will visit Scotland on a regular basis – so you haven’t completely got rid of me… yet!


  2. I’m sure Scotland, and Islay in particular, is now part of your DNA Andy, but it looks like a great opportunity for the next phase of your career. You would never have survived the World Cup north of the border anyway, regardless of the result!


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