ICT in the Future Classrooms and Teaching: Preparing the Knowledge Workers of the 21st Century

  • Dimitrios Charalambidis
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 437)


A knowledge worker is a person that adds value to an organization by processing existing information to create new information and knowledge that could be used to define and solve problems. The future classroom is the cradle (for students) and the action field (for teachers) of a knowledge worker. It incarnates the vision for learning and teaching with the use of Information, Communications and Technology tools (ICT) in order to provide to the students significant 21st century skills such as personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, digital competence, as well as collaboration and communication abilities. From the teacher’s point of view it demands understanding and creative use of ICT tools, organizational and administrative competences, use of up-to-date teaching scenarios, intuitive assessment methods and most of all a “lead and teach by example” attitude. Building the future classroom is all about delivering competent and effective people to the society, people that will be the key stakeholders in a world that seeks innovation and creativity in order to keep going socially, scientifically, economically, etc. In this paper we will provide insights about the reasons why a future classroom teacher should afford 21st century skills to his students and continuous professional development to himself.


ICT in education knowledge workers 21st century skills 1 to 1 computing future classroom scenarios innovation in teaching and learning professional development 


  1. 1.
    Trilling, B., Fadel, C.: 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, Wiley Desktop Editions, San Francisco (2009)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Vretakou, V., Rousseas, P.: Vocational education in Greece. Cedefop Panorama series, vol. 59, p. 13. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxemburg (2003)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Kyllonen, P.C.: Measurement of 21st Century Skills within the Common Core State Standards, In: Invitational Research Symposium on Technology Enhanced Assessments, p. 4. K-12. Center at ETS (2012)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory,
  5. 5.
    Association of Graduate Recruiters,
  6. 6.
    Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures. The Guardian Teacher Network,
  7. 7.
    Innovation is Creativity x Risk Taking,
  8. 8.
    Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. A European Reference Framework. Official Journal of the European Union,
  9. 9.
    Drucker, P.F.: The age of discontinuity: Guidelines to our changing society. Transaction Publishers, London (1968)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Brinkley, I., Fauth, R., Mahdon, M., Theodoropoulou, S.: Knowledge Workers and Knowledge Work. A Knowledge Economy Programme Report. The Work Foundation, London (2009)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    The Knowledge Age. New Zealand Council for Educational Research,
  12. 12.
    Lloyd, M.: Schooling at the Speed of Thought: A blueprint for making schooling more effective. Spiderwize, London (2010)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitrios Charalambidis
    • 1
  1. 1.ICT"Saint Joseph" Hellenic-French SchoolPefkiGreece

Personalised recommendations