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21 Learning Ideas for the 21st Century Educator

21 Learning Ideas for the 21st Century Educator

Small changes happen every day as teachers find new ways to integrate technology, connect with each other, and give students the skills the 21st century requires of them. These changes tend to grow into trends and, if applicable, best practices.

We’ve gathered 21 of these ideas, tips, and tricks into one easy list so that you too can help blaze new trails.

  1. Take a look at Universal Design for Learning, identified as a best practice by the most recent education legislation.
  2. Find out how a smart speaker or AI assistant, like Amazon’s Alexa, can help you and your students broaden learning. Here’s a blog post to help you get started.
  3. Funding is always tight. Check out these alternative funding sources to help finance your biggest edtech dreams.
  4. Speaking of funding, teachers can always use a little more money in their bank accounts. Check out these side hustles for teachers.
  5. Differentiation is easier than ever! Investigate new ways to help every student in your classroom achieve great things. Here are 5 steps to get started.
  6. It’s more difficult than ever for students to identify credible sources of information. All teachers should take it upon themselves to give our students those critical skills.
  7. A virtual field trip is an easy, budget-friendly way to give your students some exposure to the world beyond the classroom.
  8. Reconsider your grading system to better reflect the goals of student learning. If you aren’t prepared to change over completely to competency-based learning, here are some ideas to get you started.
  9. Create your own custom Twitter hashtag for your students to stay connected during and after class. Check out our custom hashtag, #EducatorFirst.
  10. Start a classroom blog for your students to share their insights with the outside world. Here are some examples for inspiration.
  11. Join in one of the weekly Twitter chats devoted to education, such as #EdChat.
  12. It seems like a new education-related podcast starts up every week. BAM! Radio Network collects most of them. Check out any that pique your interest. And don't miss The Edmentum Podcast!
  13. Pinterest is an educator’s gold mine of lesson ideas, learning materials, and classroom design tips—some of which come from our very own page!
  14. Consider adding elements of project-based learning into your curriculum.
  15. In the 21st century, even the basic concepts of coding can come in handy. To bring those elements into your curriculum, check out and EducationCity’s Computing module.
  16. Paper is one of the largest expenses for a school. Go paperless in your classroom, cutting it out of your practice completely!
  17. Embrace a growth mindset, both for yourself and your students.
  18. Enterprise-style collaboration tools have made it to the classroom in forms like Study Island Group Session and the popular app Slack.
  19. Career and technical education courses are gaining popularity among both educators and politicians. Check out the 16 Career Clusters® from the National Career Clusters Framework® and then see how our offerings aligns.
  20. Bring some digital citizenship elements into your curriculum to help students learn how to use the Internet responsibly and how to stay safe online.
  21. Develop yourself as an educator with some professional development. Here’s our handy guide to get you started.

Interested in finding out more about Edmentum’s online programs to support teaching and learning, including core and elective courses, formative assessment tools, and real-time student progress monitoring? Check out all of our solutions for the 21st century classroom!