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21st century learner


Supporting leaders and teachers to utilise 21st century learning tools, assists them to understand their value, build their personal capability and explore their use in Australian Curriculum teaching and learning.

The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognises that in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use. To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities.

In this activity the facilitator demonstrates the use of some 21st century learning tools to provoke, consider and capture ideas and discussions on leading student learning.



  1. Before the session, prepare your choice of poll questions (below) on Poll Everywhere www.polleverywhere.comExternal Link. Refer to Creating and using Poll Everywhere for instructions.
  2. Introduce the session by viewing the YouTube clip What is 21st century education? www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O35n_tvOK74External Link
  3. Invite participants to submit responses to your poll questions via their mobile device, in relation to the video just viewed.
    a.   Who are our students?
    b.   What do we know about them?
    c.   What do they bring to their learning?
    d.   What evidence do we know about their learning needs?
    e.   What else do we need to know or find out?
    f.    What are valued outcomes for our students at this school?
  4. Go through the poll results with the audience.
  5. View the YouTube clip Rethinking learning: the 21st century learner www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0xa98cy-RwExternal Link
  6. Collect responses to the video using Wridea www.wridea.comExternal Link or Bubble.us https://bubbl.us/External Link
    a.    What do you think 21st century learners value?
  7. As a large group, reflect on the degree to which preferred learning styles are currently being accommodated.
  8. In small groups, identify what you are already doing that engages with the idea of 21st century learning and share specific practices. Consider what else might be possible.
  9. Post examples in a shared Google Drive document for all participants to refer to afterwards https://drive.google.comExternal Link


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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