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The responsibilities of the educators are always increasing and more is expected by them every day. I personally think that all these skills centre around one fundamental principle being that today’s students are not the same as before due to the fact that they live in a technological world and this affects their way on interpreting information and gaining knowledge. Some fundamental skills mentioned in this journal regarding a group science activity, which can be easily applied in computing are:
21st century teaching must incorporate a lot of technology usage! Technology can be used by both the students and the teacher for example instead of writing on the board to explain something, a video can be used to make it more interesting and at the same time easier for today’s students to understand. Another fundamental skill is interdisciplinary instruction. Students should be shown how or the effect of what they are learning affects the world. Due to this, they are forced to think creatively and come up with very interesting ideas. This might be difficult sometimes; however, they will be excited to come up with an idea as they will be building up their own learning. They will be more enthusiastic and bring out their innovative thoughts. It is not an issue of whether nowadays students are more misbehaved or not, it is about trying to make the lessons as fun as possible considering the environment they have grown up in. Doing lessons the same as fifteen years ago, will surely bore the students out, as they are accustomed to a totally different world. We should focus most importantly on the skills we should prepare this generation and not on the subject content because we cannot predict what their future careers might be. If we succeed in doing that, then whatever the future brings up, they will be prepared.
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