The workshop “21st century students” was developed in Rize (Turkey) during our first mobility. It is an extra workshop, that is to say, not initially contemplated in the project and for which there was no financial subsidy, however, it seemed important to us that students carry out a reflection about our current society, the demands of the labor market and Of the skills and abilities that they had to develop from now on in their student days in order to be successful professionals in the future.
Through the methodology of Cooperative Learning linked to Visual Thinking the students reflected in community of inquiry (Lipman) on several issues that were raised once they received a theoretical basis of the subject.
After the group reflection guided by what we can call “triggering questions” of thinking and inquiry (development of critical capacity), and the creation of visual Thinking (promotion of creativity) , the students went on to expose the other colleagues and teachers their conclusions and ideas, empowering with it and practicing their communicative skills.
The 17 students who participated in the workshop were impressed with what they learned and became aware of the strength and importance they have today in the development of skills and abilities such as critical thinking, communication or the ability to work as a team and the Be able to use the new technological tools for their training.
We leave here a written review by the students themselves about the workshop carried out and the activities carried out in it
By Erasmus + Students Marta, Sude, Emin and Juan Carlos.
“One of the workshops we attended in Turkey was called ´Education of the XXI century´ and consisted of two parts. During the first part Adil Tugyan introduced us what is that concept. And it is that:
As the world changes and evolves, education also does. For this reason education must be adapted to these changes, and that will lead to better results. In this adaptation new technological tools play a key role, because thanks to them we have new forms of teaching and learning that are much more effective. Among them we find cooperative work. Adil said that the best process to work was the following, first dream, think what you want to do, what you want to get. Then it is very important to explore, help you with internet and books to collect information. The next step is preparing a mental map, organize your ideas and then run it and stream it. And in this way of working that characterizes the XXI century, the teacher becomes a guide with a key role. Another benefit is that arouses our curiosity, learning should not be just during school lessons, it should be a hobby. This would open us many more possibilities in the workplace.
Two of the 5 presentations we could enjoy to learn what it means to be a student in the 21st century
For the second part of the workshop Adil divided us in three groups and he launched three simple questions, but we had to answer with a poster that later we presented to the other mates.
We followed the steps Adil gave us, that is, cooperative work, which we are accustomed to using at school. One group answered the following question: How do 21st century learners learn? In their poster appeared, new techniques such as gamification (learning trough games and playing), cooperative work and internet also appeared. Internet can be used for multiple applications, watching videos, gather information, didactical games… With all this what we mean is that education is changing and we must adapt to it if we want to learn as much as possible.
Another question was: How do 21st learners communicate? And here we have mobile phones for both call and text or to use in social networks which they are also forms of communication. However there are other devices that we use to communicate and the advantage of this, it is the speed and the possibility to contact with people who are far away. All these advances in communication must be used also to improve our learning methods.
And the last one: who is a 21st century learner? In this question we discussed the characteristics of a student today, as it is the curiosity that allows your learning to go further, also innovation and creativity, we must be capable of invent and create. Another important feature is critical thinking, we should not take anything for granted, sometimes we should try to go further. There is also something we should keep in mind, it is that we are natives of technology; we were born when technology was emerging and for this reason we know full benefit. For a 21st student is also important to collaborate and participate, we should want to learn.
In conclusion, with these three presentations, we wanted to give an idea of, what is the education of the 21st century using the information that Adil provided us of during the first part.”