Learning and the Brain in the 21st Century

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A conversation about learning and the brain in the 21st century for the RSU1 community.

A conversation about learning and the brain in the 21st century for the RSU1 community.

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  • 1. Learning and the Brain in the 21st Century Laura Phelps2012 RSU1 Summer Tech Institute
  • 2. What are the essential skills & habits of mind that students need for the future? • What will the world look like in 20 years? • What skills will kids need to be successful in that world? • What were/are the conditions around your peak learning experiences? • What would learning look like if it was designed around the answers to those questions?
  • 3. The Partnership for 21st Century SkillsP21 Framework Definitions
  • 4. When we ask kids how they want to learn, they say (in this order):1. In groups2. With friends3. Doing practical things4. Using computers/mobile devices -Charles Fadel (http://www21stcenturyskillsbook.com/)
  • 5. How do our students learn today? • Use the web for extending and building relationships • Self-directed learning that incorporates self-expression • Instant gratification and constant connection • Multi-tasking in a multimedia world
  • 6. A word about multi-tasking...Brain research shows that there is a differencebetween multi-tasking and task shifting. Image from http://kilroycafe.blogspot.com/2012/01/problem-with-multitasking.htmlRead “Mastering Multitasking” by Urs Gasser and John Palfrey (handout)
  • 7. So, what are the key skills of the 21st century?
  • 8. 4 c’s:• Creativity• Critical thinking• Communication• Collaboration
  • 9. Creativity
  • 10. Creativity Off-Shore-able• 22-29% of U.S. jobs are off-shoreable, including high-paying, high skill jobs. http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6012.html• 65% of today’s grade-school children may work in jobs not yet invented. http://www.RADTeach.com
  • 11. Check out Shelley Carson’s work: http://www.shelleycarson.com
  • 12. So... what does all of this mean for us?Larry Rosen, author of Rewired: Understanding theiGeneration and How they Learn has some relevantrecommendations.
  • 13. #1: Allow creativity & multiple modalities • Present in many modalities - this is a multimedia generation. • Do not require students to unitask. • Support students in their preference for a multimedia environment. • Keep lessons snappy.
  • 14. #2: Allow content creation• Let students create products in multiple mediums.• Allow projects to merge art, music, text and technology.
  • 15. #3: Allow social interaction• Create projects that are done through online collaboration (there are dozens of possibilities - think Google apps, Prezi, blogs, wikis, etc.).• Provide a classroom social networking platform (like Edmodo) for students to discuss various topics and to develop/practice online etiquette.
  • 16. #4: Allow formal and informal writing • Blogs are an amazing tool for both individual and collaborative writing. • “Translate” writing from text-isms to formal writing and vice versa; make the difference between the two explicit.
  • 17. #5: Provide tons of feedback• This generation thrives on feedback... Web 2.0 tools provide a plethora of opportunities for this.
  • 18. #6: Teach media literacy• Students may be savvy about how to use technological tools, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need instruction about how to: • determine what sources are trustworthy • analyze, filter, synthesize • use information ethically
  • 19. What now?You’re psyched, ready to embrace 21st centurylearning! Where to begin?These are some of my favorite “go to” resources: Free Technology for Teachers Classroom 2.0 The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators
  • 20. What year are we preparing our students for?The past? Or...
  • 21. Thank you for coming! I appreciate any feedback you might have about this session. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me (lphelps@rsu1.org) with your questions and/or thoughts!