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Active Learning

“Is the tech coordinator for the district getting up and saying, ‘I’ve got a way that you can do your lectures in a much more interesting fashion, we’re going to learn all about PowerPoint,’ or is the tech coordinator getting up and saying, ‘Kids will be much more excited if they’re helping you construct what they’re learning, and so we’re going to learn about wikis.’ Because people—whether or not they’re fans of 21st century skills—will typically agree that 21st century skills cannot be taught through presentational means, they have to be taught through active learning. And so if, at any level, if you’re going to advocate for 21st century skills, you basically have to advocate for a shift in typical pedagogy along with that. ”

~Chris Dede
Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Technology, Innovation and Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

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