How do we prepare students for their future to be successful? Both educators and experts in the workforce often warn that children need enhanced skills in the 21st century. They will not be able to participate successfully in the global economy without these skills. They’re not going to be prepared for college and work properly. Preparing a child for the world that does not yet exist is not an easy task for any teacher, and no student in education history is like the modern learner of today–a complex, energetic, and tech-savvy person. They want their learning to challenge and inspire them. They want to work with their peers and collaborate with them. They want the technology they love to incorporate as much as they can into their learning experiences.
- Creativity and Innovation
In order to develop unique and useful solutions, students need to be able to think and work creatively in both digital and non-digital environments. With the use of technology, our digital students are in a constant state of stimulation and neural development. They are natural information producers and consumers. Problem-solving is a skill that comes naturally to them, and with the proper commitment to their learning this can be advanced deeply. This comes from doing rewarding projects and meaningful tasks that give them imaginative challenges to overcome. Ask any student what they like to create and you’re going to get a myriad of different responses. They are constantly searching for ways and their uniqueness to express themselves and display this creative edge through social media and are provided with constant and instant feedback from their peers. Creativity is a vital outlet that inspires students to see who they are and what they are capable of doing and to realize what they can do. Students must be able to ask good questions and the ability to solve problems because employers will increasingly seek creative and innovative solutions to existing issues for employees.
- Adaptive Thinking
Things change rapidly in the digital age and students need to keep up, quickly and efficiently learn new things. Students need the ability to think analytically, including the ability to compare, contrast, evaluate, synthesize and apply without instruction or supervision. In many different dimensions, analytical thinkers see data and information from multiple angles. They are skilled in conceptualizing, organizing, classifying, and synthesizing knowledge. These types of skills are invaluable as they enable students to deal with social, mathematical, and scientific issues practically. It empowers them in their lives and relationships to make effective and level – headed decisions. It is easy to see why it is important to have critical and analytical thinking skills beyond school for success.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Students need to learn critical thinking, analyze all sides of a problem, and understand the consequences of their actions. Employers need employees in a rapidly changing world who can solve problems, provide ideas and help improve the organization. It is essential to be interested in and engaged with your subject in order to be a successful student. All the other features here are dependent on you taking care of your studies and your particular subject. Of course, some topics are more interesting to everyone than others, but the willingness to find something worthwhile in whatever topic you are currently studying will help keep you in shape during your studies. The best way to maintain your curiosity is to look at others who are good at what they do, and then ask questions about anything you don’t understand. The best way to learn how something works is by asking questions to experts. If questions fail, there are endless resources to find something out in modern times and age-books, newspapers, and, of course, Wikipedia.
Students need to be able to communicate in multiple multimedia formats, not just with text or speech. They must be able to communicate visually as effectively with text and speech through video and imagery. Communication is a broad term that incorporates multi-faceted interaction and information sharing levels. Students love to use technology to communicate. This is a key component of Media Fluency. But it is more than just being able to use digital media effectively. It also has to do with personal interactions. We must remind our students that responsible communication practice puts forward their best representation of who they are as individuals in every relationship and alliance they make in their lives. Their values and beliefs are defined by how well they communicate with others, whether talking face-to-face, blogging, texting, or creating a visual product. They will be well served in their personal and professional lives by encouraging them to develop and improve every aspect of their communication skills.
- Good time management
The ability to take control of your own time and schedule is another facet of motivation. Successful students must be able to plan their weeks and semesters so that they can attend all the classes they need, as well as have sufficient time for research and evaluation work. Giving yourself time for hobbies, socializing, and fun is just as important. While staying on top of your classes, coursework and other assignments is important, taking time for yourself and seeing your friends is essential to keeping you healthy and relaxing after a long day of studying. With students rates of mental health deteriorating, this is more important than ever: take the time to relax. If you’re struggling with time management, you’ll need to start using an electronic or paper day scheduler to make sure you’re attending all you should be and hitting all your deadlines.