21st century skills in practice!

26-02-2024 | Joris

Every student must be well prepared for the future. In this, ICT skills play a special role in education. When thinking about 21st century learning, a connection is immediately made to 21st Century Skills. Students of today should grow up with the 21st Century Skills. A student can decide how the student does the work and whether or not the student shares information. The student can also take responsibility for each learning process. The goal of Simulise is: to create a proprietary knowledge/learning environment that matches the development of each individual student. The use of 21st Century Skills in combination with a social “collaboration module” will promote individual results for each student. The traditional way of teaching is being “innovated1d” in this way. In practice, Simulise works with 21st Century Skills in several ways, for example:

  • Assigning badges (per skill) both virtually (system driven) and physically (manual assignment).
  • Gamification; achieving levels within a game in the knowledge environment to be allowed to achieve the established skills according to the curriculum.

Each student’s working memory should be accessed efficiently. Compare it to a pinball machine. Students achieve high score(s) when they come in contact with the ball a lot and keep it in the “game” for a long time. Engaging students’ working memory is in the combination between stimulating “learning hits” (engaging, motivating, monitoring) and offering what needs to be learned often repeated and varied.

Long-term memory stored knowledge in the form of network combinations of features. If we need a particular concept, then a feature from that network is activated. The order in which then the other features from the network are activated is determined by the thickness of the connection between the features: the thicker the connection the faster the connected feature is activated.
*Source G. Westhoff: Transferring learning, educational innovation series

Connecting to existing knowledge leads to faster uptake and greater on-call availability

Creating connections between knowledge and areas of expertise is essential to achieving long-term memory. Students can achieve this through collaborative creation, innovation and sharing of knowledge and expertise within the community, combined with social media. Within the community, the activity of each individual learner is constantly monitored. Questions such as: Who am I? Where did I come from? What do I want to achieve? are continuously answered by Simulise. Based on these questions, we provide students with the appropriate educational content that is applicable to their learning.

Effective use of 21st Century Skills (in practice) through social media is achieved within a community where learning, sharing each other’s knowledge and expertise is central.