Preparing learners for the future
They are finding new and exciting ways to encourage their students to gain the essential skills
required to thrive in the 21st century.
At Schoolbox, we understand how utilising 21st century learning can be challenging, and are
continually researching ways to assist you to foster creativity and promote life-long learners.
At the forefront of 21st century pedagogy is technology. The transition from paper to technology
can be confronting for educators far and wide, however, if teachers are going to successfully
prepare students for the future, they need to embrace the characteristics of 21st century
A 21st century learner needs many skills. The approaches to teaching and learning these skills
vary widely and educators must carefully consider the appropriate method.
Schoolbox strives to provide the best support so you can learn the skills required to use this
classroom technology effectively to prepare your learners for the future.
Designed to foster a growth mindset, thinking skills allow students to be active participants in
problem-based learning, and become future problem solvers. Knowing how to find the answer is
often more exciting for students and may be more beneficial to their future, than simply having
a core knowledge bank. Project-based learning, for individual students and in collaboration with
peers, can also be used to support the development of these essential thinking skills.
Change is inevitable and how students react to change can be the difference in their level of
future success. Change can come in many forms, and educators need to ensure that students are
prepared for many different situations and circumstances. These changes could include a change
of practice, a change in technology, or a change of structure or set up of a learning space.
Collaborative learning plays a key role in building confident 21st century learners. Students
need to be able and willing to actively participate in peer-to-peer learning and supporting
their classmates in developing knowledge and skills that can be applied regardless of the
content or the circumstances. As educators, 21st century learning requires teaching your
students how to ‘network’.
The ability to negotiate and develop relationships is key in the development of 21st century
citizens. And communication is central to this concept. A skilled communicator knows how to
listen, understand the needs of others in a situation, and work collaboratively to achieve
goals. Although technology supports the ability to connect, the effectiveness of this connection
remains the responsibility of the users, once again highlighting the importance of communication
It’s no secret that students need to have elements of their learning personalised to support
their specific needs. Each student may require something different to prepare them for the real
world. It’s important that students are both supported and challenged. Technology plays a key
role in this personalisation, by providing differing tools, varied assessments, and most
importantly, the real-time feedback, not just from teacher to student, but also from student to
So, from personalisation, it only follows that in 21st century learning, there also needs to be
the allocation of time for students to receive feedback and devote to self reflection. Self
reflection can guide learners to consider their own knowledge and skill development, and
simultaneously lead them towards deeper learning. This skill, in conjunction with the ability to
collaborate and communicate, will prepare our learners for the future in the best way possible.
Educators now need to teach students to think
critically, think creatively, and think adaptively.
At Schoolbox, we value the characteristics of 21st century pedagogy and have used these
principles to develop our technology so you can prepare your young learners for the future.
The Schoolbox software promotes personalised learning in many ways, however its
modern classroom technology is most utilised by our schools to facilitate custom
Custom participation allows teachers to design a complementary learning experience
based on the needs of students:
Choose specific students to
participate in any learning
activity that they create on Schoolbox.
Allocate different tasks to different
groups to provide variety.
Personalise assessments so teachers
students from an activity if they’re not ready, which means it doesn’t appear on their
calendar or upcoming due work component, also removing unnecessary stress for the
Provide additional support materials
at an individual or small group level, around a particular topic.
Collaboration promotes teamwork, supports learners in reflecting on what they have learnt and
assists in applying new skills to new situations.
The LMS and School Portal tools from Schoolbox provide many opportunities for
Dynamic groups. Teachers utilising
the ability to create groups, in which students can interact in a safe space.
Collaboration through groups supports students in learning how to think critically,
develop communication skills, participate in problem-based learning and develop
higher-order thinking skills.
Collaborative tools. These tools
offered by Schoolbox allow for the transference of knowledge, skills and competencies
amongst teachers and peers. They offer the ability to develop crucial communication
Schoolbox is here for you. We deeply value the skills crucial to preparing your students for the
future, and are ready to support you. We also
have a team of passionate educators dedicated to
supporting schools in their journey to enhance the learning journey by harnessing 21st Century
pedagogy and learning.
Contact us today for a free demo and a complimentary evaluation of your current Learning
Management System and School Portal needs.