A Hands on 21st Century Education


Adil Tugyan, Turkish Ambassador and English teacher

In this workshop, the Turkish Ambassador and English teacher Adil Tugyan gave an insight into the characeristics of education in the 21st century. What do students want? What skills do 21st century teachers need?

While most students today are digital natives who are familiar with the internet and social media, the majority of teachers are rather digital immigrants. But in order to prepare their students to a live in a modern world, teachers need to adapt their classes to the requirements of the future. This means for example to create a diverse learning environment (in terms of media, data sources and collaborative approaches).

What does it take to be an effective teacher in the 21st century? What do teachers need? These questions were lively discussed during the workshop and a lot of examples were exchanged. With several videos and a vivid presentation, Adilshowed examples of his own teaching experience in Turkey.

In fact, the characteristics of a 21st century educator are diverse: he/she should be an adaptor, communicator, risk taker, collaborator, leader, model, learner, critical thinker, controller, and: a reflective practicioner. “Stagnation is the death of any teacher!” So teachers should adapt to the know how of their students.
Adil pointed out that some important aspects for 21st century learning are to enable active learning and to change the roles of teachers to being rather facilitators or coaches fostering student centered learning.

Certainly several participants might have found this a quite challenging task. But the crucial factor for teachers is to be still open to learn and stay curious in getting to know new tools and techniques – this is the best attitude with regard to their students. eTwinning offers great opportunities to share new tools. Teachers can benefit of the experience from colleagues all over Europe. Just give it a try!

2 thoughts on “A Hands on 21st Century Education

  1. There wasn’t enough time for the other delegates and me to participate in all the workshops presented. Obviously this wasn’t the idea of the Conference. I still strongly suggest that we should find more frequent ways and times to meet in person with at least some of the outstanding people who work in the eTwinning contest.
    Adyl Tugyan is someone I would have wanted to meet and work with during this Conference. Next time!

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