Learning in the 21st Century can take a variety of different molds.
In chapter 2 of "From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom" Prensky (2012), he begins to talk about what learning is, and learning is essentially acquiring a new skill or new knowledge. So, why does learning seem so limited to how we do it now?
Classically, a classroom would look similar to this, a teacher up front, lecturing about a normative subject until time is up and then assigning students homework.
Truthfully, learning can happen anywhere and at anytime, a child could learn something new from their parents by simply sitting in the kitchen like they do on any given day, they can learn from their friends, or people in their community, anyone.
As a society, it seems we've realized that our traditional teaching styles are becoming obsolete. We need to begin utilizing the interactions and real world applications that students have access to, in order to restructure our educational system.
In Chapter 1 of the aforementioned book, Prensky (2012) talks about the significance of group work in 21st century learning. There are a lot of interesting and unique things we can learn from one another.
Prensky, M. R. (2012). From digital natives to digital wisdom: Hopeful essays for 21st century learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Overall, our experience with those around us and things around us are what truly make learning happen. Knowing this we can begin to structure curriculum and education around this idea and help make our learners better learners and participants in our contemporary society. Thus our experiences, the experiences of others and our networks can strongly influence our education.