The outline of learning attributes in the first chapter of Meaningful Learning with Technology helped me identify my own learning strategies and motivations. The most important factor for me is an attribute the book describes as constructive or reflective learning. Exposure to new ideas and concepts is my favorite aspect of learning in any setting. In other words, I like to connect new experiences to persistent themes in my life in an attempt to become a more holistic person. This concept directly ties into the authentic or complex attribute of learning. I am often annoyed by professors who only lecture on generalities and theories rather than concrete and usable systems. I attend the University of Georgia to acquire useful skills to build a career from and I feel that many class structures ignore this student motivation
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills appears to be an organization that I can fully support. I often feel that students are limited in public schools because of the few students that would not allow for independence and full collaboration. Most people know what general areas they are interested in by their mid teenage years but are still required to study areas that are not related. Since the evolution of technology, students are better able to independently peruse interests more than ever, but public school systems are still rigidly structured, standardized test machines. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills emphasizes life and career skills rather than government enforced standards. Until institutions learn to embrace student variance and the full access to data that modern age technology allows, students will not be able to fully reach their potential.