21ST CENTURY TEACHERS AND 21ST CENTURY LEARNERS
Jhoanna G. Sazon
Teacher III, Floridablanca Elementary School

          What does it mean to be a 21st century teacher? Are we all aware that we are living in the modern times? We can see that technology is used anywhere. Technology is a big help in the society, especially to the educators or facilitators and learners of this generation.

          21st century learning means teaching just as you have done in the past centuries, but with way better tools. As we can see, today‚Äôs teachers have a great advantage. They have powerful learning tools for their pupils that they did not have before. 21st century educators are having a learner-centered classroom and personalized instructions. While the 21st century learners are shrewd, they know how to use technology for their studies. They are using social media all the time for them to communicate. Like for example, Facebook is the most popular used social media in the world. The 21st century learners are smart enough to use it to chat their classmates and ask for a particular homework or project. Using the technology is a big help, learners can go globally because of technology. They know how connect with other people. They keep on learning new things because of technology. One of the best contribution of technology to education is the internet.

          Marco Franco mentioned in one of his video at snap language that in the internet there are a lot of junks but with the right way of informing students to be responsible users of technology it could be a great help for them. He also added that if teachers did not let them use the internet it is the same as giving them a soup when there is a whole buffet in front of them. In addition, technology also help in a way more collaborative learning experience. One of the great help of social media on education is the LMS or the Learning Management System. Learning management systems is a networking software that brings educational programs and gives institutions other administrative activities. Social media learning in LMS can include instant chat functions, video, forums to share info and other lesson resources to help students. Lisa Nielsen mentioned in one of her blog that in the age of social media, the teacher is no longer the centre of learning. The student is.

          One of the most important things an educator can do is support students in developing a powerful learning network. Being digitally literate and having social media, professionalism is what is needed to help students to connect with others who share their passions, talents, and interests. This requires understanding how social media works and how to find the right people to connect with safely and responsibly. It also requires an understanding of how to effectively use these tools to connect, collaborate, and grow learning. Furthermore, internet encourage students to study on their own conveniently. Stephanie Harvey realized when she was studying about the students reading non-fiction, her room actually lack of non-fiction reading materials so she was encouraged to use online materials for reading. She instructed her students to read online reading materials or E-books and later she realized that they loved it and they continue doing it outside school assignments. Marco Franco said that what happened to Stephanie Harvey pushed the students to use internet and to study on their own. It is real that social media is a just a tool to help teachers and students in education but its ability is limitless that is why teachers nowadays are media, information and technology literate.

          An educator of this generation has unique teaching strategies. They prepare and look forward to the future. They are aware of the ever-changing trends in technology and are tune of what the future may bring to education. In addition, they have the mastery of technology in the classroom. Technology in the classroom is ever changing and moving at a rapid race. Well, educators know how to collaborate and work well in a team. They are adaptive and lifelong learners also. Lastly their goal is to increase the ability by the work force to add value to society and the economy by applying the knowledge of school subject to solve complex problem encountered in real world situations of work, society and of life.