Generation Z: born between 1990 to 2010 and into a world ever-present with digital technology, multi-media gadgets. 21st Century Skills should be considered within the context of rigorous academic standards. Another issue up with technology at the moment is the poor investment in such technology without the support and consultation of EdTech staff. When schools cut corners in terms of spending on technology the result of this is that the things that they do buy are already outdated before they have bought them. I would like to give an example of this, firstly one of the key aspects of 21st Century is to promote student-centered learning , however if all you invest is in the interactive whiteboards all this leads to is the exact opposite it comes back to teacher-centered learning because that interactive whiteboard becomes the teacher’s gadget and because of that it leads to more and more teacher talking time.
Although I do believe interactive whiteboards extremely useful within classrooms and within education I also think that an equal amount of investment needs to go into the other technologies for students because even though you have these touch screens that you can have multiple people using the boards at the same time you can’t have a class of thirty kids all interacting with the board directly. Quite often technology is too expensive for any school to buy, and the functionality of the technology could very limited too. Anyway enough of the negatives, let’s move on now and think about practical and not gimmicky ways of using technology in education . It's important for young people to understand the morals and ethics of using this online content as you would have seen in the news there are many instances of bullying online and I believe the key reason for this is the anonymity of the internet.
So another important point is the use of technology for collaboration among students and teachers.
I think one of the most exciting aspects of technology in education is its use for designing creativity. So in other words technology can be present at every stage of education process from the introduction and the research to the project making to the presentation. One last thing to consider is that technology is not just about interactive whiteboard or computers other examples include digital cameras, digital microscopes, 3-D printers as well as things like microphones and projectors as well. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes the Government’s moves to make a law that allows local (parish and town) councils to be able to send agendas electronically rather than in the post; ending a budgetary burden on councils and enabling them to benefit from 21st Century technology. This change came about by using the Sustainable Communities Act which allows for parish and town councils to drive a new “bottom-up” process that allow local people to drive central government action to help their local communities. Local Government Minister, Kris Hopkins MP said: “We have been encouraging can-do councils to adapt to the digital age to modernise the services they deliver to local people and deliver savings. Cllr Ken Browse, chair of NALC said: “Local councils are the most local part of government and the body most closely connected to the community. Matt Richtel’s recently published article in the The New York Times posits that “Wasting Time is the New Divide in Digital Era.” The article raises provocative and important points.
While Richtel’s portrayal of low-income students’ digital use could have been more complex, he is right to draw attention to the topic of how we might better serve students from low-income communities. Technology is by far the most popular topic concerning 21st century learning and education and many of the videos on Youtube are about just that. Firstly I would make this point very clear that technology is not the solution to 21st century education, technology is simply a tool to aid education and learning, also technology should not be told as a separate schools subject, but as a tool, technology should be used in all classrooms.

For technology to be relevant, constant investment has to be made in that technology, its replacement and updating. And my second example of this is also my second reason why I have an issue with technology as it is used at the moment.
As I mentioned before technology is a tool, a way for fact-based learning and allows students to do a lot of the research using the internet and various tools. So therefore I think that schools should teach about responsibility and accountability in the use of technology in the classroom and beyond. We can create so many different types of content written, audio , video, 2D and 3D, they can create music, they can create videos they can create photos, they can create magazines, conduct experiments and then after creating this content they can use the technology to present their ideas whether it be online or in person. One of the things I want from technology is from students to be able to create very sophisticated work and by this I mean things like car design architecture, computer databases, software, games, 2-D and 3-D online animation and so on.
It's about finding ways to use technology meaningfully, so the investment is made by schools is a worthwhile one, and it makes education more relevant to life and by making the learning more dynamic. Working to improve education by advocating 21st Century Learning and the effective use of Technology.
This Government is determined to bust barriers to modernisation in local government therefore it is only right councils should be able to issue agendas electronically, whilst ensuring councillors continue to have access to hard copy papers if they wish.
Our connection with local people and our knowledge of the local area means we are ideally placed to make use of the Act.
Based on studies of media use among low-income communities, Richtel discusses an evolving notion of the digital divide—one that moves beyond access to machines towards a focus on what users do with the time they spend using technology. Over the past two months I have been interviewing low-income students about their digital use. The issue is not just one of low-income kids messing around with technology and lack of parental oversight. Although some of these videos cover other ideas, technology still seems to be the central focus.
Any learning concerning technology should be based around the theme and objectives of the class.The place of technology in pedagogy is based on various factors and questions of effectiveness, time saving, increased outcomes etc. And because they spent so much money on the technology they lack in spending more on training teachers properly on how to use it.
I think that any investment in technology has to be made very consciously of the reasons why and how it's going to be implemented within the school, otherwise its money down the drain. While many teachers think 21st century education consists of using interactive games and quizzes , so it's like taking the paper-based test and then making it digital.
And at the same time these students are learning very valuable research skills which they can transplant at high levels of education, at universities and beyond.
Digital media can be kind of medium at the push of a button which can give students a voice when they wouldn't otherwise have been heard, and at the same time as I mentioned before about critical thinking I feel that students also need to be told about how to deal with criticism, how to give criticism and how to deal with a host of other issues concerning self-esteem with online content. No one knows the local community like we do and this new change to an arcane law shows this in practice.

They will be the first to admit that they are online quite a bit socializing, but they also use technology for very creative, high-level activities. As a nation, just like we fail many low-income students in ensuring they have access to rigorous academics, we are neglecting their digital growth at a time when technology is rapidly expanding. So the purpose of this article is two-fold: One is to address some of the misconceptions out there about technology and also is about how to implement technology effectively and use in practical pragmatic way. So the end result of this is that things such as interactive whiteboards end up being glorified TV sets in the classroom or simply used as regular whiteboards.
But all this gives teachers and students immediate feedback on student performance it just maintains the status quo on fact-based learning and completely ignores this higher-level thinking skills. Technology can be used to enhance critical thinking and critical literacy skills, evaluating the legitimacy and accuracy of online content is the central part of 21st century education.
This reform to rules, which are over forty years old, is long overdue but very welcome and will help parish and town councils operate more efficiently and effectively.
One student I spoke with microblogs several times a week, posting images he has photographed on the streets of LA—many of which he manipulates for artistic expression. Another student told me how he had just finished reading A Clockwork Orange because his friend is exposing him (and his peer network) to classic films online—and then they read the books.
With cyberbullying on the rise in all communities, we can no longer ignore the role of digital citizenship in society. High school juniors have told me that they are learning about the college application process by reading senior students’ Facebook posts (re: complaining about deadlines, celebrating college acceptances). Richtel mentions that the Federal Communications Commission and other groups are starting to to address this challenge.
In a previous blog post, I wrote about a phenomenal session I attended at the last Digital Media and Learning conference where high school students argued for the relevance and utility they see in technology. To do so will entail empowering students with digital literacy, providing teachers and counselors with tools to use, relevant and engaging technology and social media, and educating parents about what’s out there. Our Mission:Admission Facebook game is an example of using social media and technology for social good.
Low-income students played a key role in how the game unfolded—through contributing to the conceptualization of the game and through extensive playtesting. My hope is that the efforts of the FCC and other groups center students in the process of figuring out what will work best. There are many students out there who are on the cutting edge of new technologies and social media—and who could be invaluable in developing a digital agenda for the country.

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