10 Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

October 18, 2016

10 Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

The Principal of Change

  • People have come to loathe the term “21st Century Education”. The argument is that “we are 16 years into the 21st century!” Yet, we have 84 years to go! We are in the 21st century, we are educators, so what does that mean and look like in our world and for education? Here are ten characteristics that are crucial for educators in the 21st century and beyond.

Teaching With Your Mouth Shut


  • When someone asks you what do you for a living and your answer is “teaching,” people generally assume you’re in a position of power. When we think of teachers, we picture them standing in front of their students, giving instructions and maintaining order. While being in this position of power can feel gratifying, it doesn’t always work. Stefany Bolaños decided to stop “teaching” in the traditional sense, and find a new way to educate her students.

55 Percent of Faculty Are Flipping the Classroom

Campus Technology

  • The majority of higher education faculty today are flipping their courses or plan to in the near future, according to Campus Technology's 2016 Teaching with Technology survey. Fifty-five percent of the survey respondents said they are somewhere along the spectrum of flipping all or some of their course.

Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom


  • Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying the impact of technology on society, argues that in our rush for the thrill of texts and tweets, we’re forgetting how to relate to each other in person. Turkle shares her views about digital culture's role in teaching and learning.

5 Ways to Participate in the #GoOpen Movement

Getting Smart

  • Moving away from textbooks can give students access to dynamic, current and open resources. However, this process should be coupled with providing teachers context, pacing, guides and curated resources evaluated by vetted and reliable experts. There are multiple ways educators can jump into the open education resource movement. Here are five examples of strategies and organizations to help educators get started.

Are We Afraid to Let Students Make Mistakes?

Faculty Focus

  • We know students are afraid of making mistakes, often dreadfully so. And so we talk a good line about the learning potential inherent in mistakes. But are we afraid to let students make mistakes? Or does our need to control learning experiences keep students from making mistakes?

Openness in Education (Oct. 19)
Boost Student Engagement With STEAM & littleBits (Oct. 19)
Student-Led Game Making and Learning (Oct. 19)
Empowering Young People to Solve Real World Challenges: Global Projects from Primary to Secondary (Oct. 20)
Instructional Tools for Personalized Learning: Insights from a Student and Superintendent (Oct. 20)

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium (Oct. 25-28)
Educause 2016 (Oct. 25-28)
ePIC 2016 - 14th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust, Blockchains (Oct. 26-28)
The 13th Annual Open Education Conference (Nov. 2-4)
National Education Week (Nov. 9-11)
ICERI 2016: 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Nov. 14-16)
DevLearn 2016 (Nov. 16-18)
OEB Online Educa Berlin 2016 (Nov. 30- Dec. 2)
All upcoming conferences and events...

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