Integrating 21st-Century Skills         in Education                   2011 Updates  An Ongoing Experience: Learning      ...
Basics    Does the way you’ve been taught prepare you for these                      days’ challenges?      What are the m...
Where Did it All Start?        Professional Development (1): Invitation to        reflect and create the needed interventi...
Only Connect: Turn Mirrors          into WindowsProfessional Development (2): Building Teaching       Skills Through the I...
Ongoing Learning:                    Communities         Professional Development (3): Personal              Learning Envi...
From learning to Application  More Learning:                            “Try it Yourself” Web 2.0   Web 2.0: the second ...
Becoming a CALL Practitioner              In preparation for TESOL:TESOL CALL-IS Academic Session 2010 in Boston: invited ...
Practicing CALL:        One Pilot Class: Multiple Attempts   Grade 7: e-pals (obstacles to matching our    Lebanese stude...
CALL Newbie: Grade 9  Ning (2009-2010)
Stage 1: Setting up the                  scene   Reactions:     Administration: Supportive but not assertive     Parent...
The Teacher Monitor &          Digital Natives   First discussion forum: rate of interaction; kind of interaction; failur...
The Learners’ e-presence   Growing interaction   Better skills at writing emails   More tolerance & Better insight (act...
Revising Strategies &             Prospects   Fine-tune goals: baby steps  to have more educators    on board; give chan...
Digital Etiquette in Action:           Email 1
Digital Etiquette in Action:             Email 2Signature
Guest Spacehttp://msenglishdept.edublogs.org/guestspace-call-newbie/
SJS CALL Newbie:Grade 9 Ning (2010-2011)
Development:   SJS CALL Newbie on the school’s website   Formal communication with parents   Upgrading – annual subscri...
How is it done?1.   Setting objectives + Product (usually     prepared with students)2.   Posting clear prompt + Criteria3...
What matters the most?                     Message to Learners   To engage you in a learning space outside the classroom...
What matters most?                Message to Learners   Most of all, this kind of personalized yet responsible    interac...
What is still the problem?   Assessment   Collaboration with other teachers   Resistance: Exhaustion; Fear of change  ...
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These slides are the "outline" for a talk given to education undergraduates who are taking an Instructional Technology course and who have questions and doubts about the need to and the possibilities of integrating technology in Lebanese classes

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21st-Century Skills: The Learning Journey

  1. 1. Integrating 21st-Century Skills in Education 2011 Updates An Ongoing Experience: Learning & Monitoring Rita Abdelnour Saint Joseph School Cornet Chehwan, Lebanon slaveoflight@gmail.com https://sites.google.com/site/rabdelnourcv/ http://efleducators.wikispaces.com
  2. 2. Basics Does the way you’ve been taught prepare you for these days’ challenges? What are the most memorable or positive learning experience you’ve had? Authentic practical experiences / situations; problem solving; real audience Open-ended outcomes; real risks Team work Ongoing learningMove is inevitable: it’s not “if,” it’s “when”
  3. 3. Where Did it All Start? Professional Development (1): Invitation to reflect and create the needed interventions Online Course in 2008:  reading: educators around the world share the same challenges; exchanging experiences helps  Compare, reflect, and adapt  Act: start by creating interventions with specific objectives that can be assessed (success or failure) immediately after. For e.g. change instructions, give more time for oral discussion, give students a chance to choose the product, etc.  Understand what a discussion forum / thread means: posting once (overwhelming) vs. interacting
  4. 4. Only Connect: Turn Mirrors into WindowsProfessional Development (2): Building Teaching Skills Through the Interactive Web Online Course in 2009:  Better web-searching  Blogging: sharing reflections vs. discussion forums  Skill-building websites  Project-based learning; WebQuests  Using PPT effectively (by students)  Life-changing idea of learner autonomy  Web 2.0: wiki, online posters, webquest, ning
  5. 5. Ongoing Learning: Communities Professional Development (3): Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) 2009-2011:  Classroom 2.0 (Learning Times; Learn Central; Elluminate; Ed Tech)  Virtual Round Table  TESOL (e-lists + resources) & TESOL EVO (free online sessions)  Education Week  Technology Integration in Education  Training Magazine Network
  6. 6. From learning to Application  More Learning: “Try it Yourself” Web 2.0 Web 2.0: the second generation of the web / the read write web  relies on users’ interaction and collaboration  tools considered an excellent means to engage learners and enhance learning  learner at the center; teacher hand in hand with digital natives  A basic 21st-century literacy...but not an obvious fact in most schools in Lebanon  Ethical use and digital etiquette Try it yourself: Social networking sites (Ning); Wikis (wikispaces; pbworks); Online surveys (Survey monkey); Twitter; Doodle; Google sites; Blogs (blogger; blogmeister; edublogs); online quizzes; picture & video sharing (Flickr; youtube; vimeo); sharing presentations (slideshare); bookmarking (Delicious; Diigo)Ideas adapted from: LoTI (Levels of Technology Integration): Digital Age FrameworkThe University of Oregon online course homepage Building Teaching Skills Through the Interactive WebReflections collected in a personal blog Only Connect: Turning Mirrors into Windows
  7. 7. Becoming a CALL Practitioner In preparation for TESOL:TESOL CALL-IS Academic Session 2010 in Boston: invited speaker to speak on The Emergent Role of Educators in e-learning environmentsFirst Steps in Middle School Proposal: Targeted Objectives Shift from addictive social networking to collaborative learning Enhance learners’ motivation through experiencing authentic contexts employing their “digital” language Enhance critical thinking skills through discussion forums Acquire digital literacy and practice ethical use and digital etiquette Encourage students to write reflective pieces
  8. 8. Practicing CALL: One Pilot Class: Multiple Attempts Grade 7: e-pals (obstacles to matching our Lebanese students to American students coming from American parents) Grade 8: Blog (difficulties in following students and troubleshooting) Grade 9: the Ning www.callnewbie.ning.com It was the result of an authentic need – an unfinished discussion in class was picked up online!
  9. 9. CALL Newbie: Grade 9 Ning (2009-2010)
  10. 10. Stage 1: Setting up the scene Reactions:  Administration: Supportive but not assertive  Parents: No formal communication!!!  Colleagues: Passively excited & actively resistant First-step Challenges:  Setting the Ning: friendly interface; setting accounts; encouraging pictures; creating profiles  Starting interaction: assignment with clear objectives parallel to class; clear criteria  Ethical use and digital etiquette  Students’ security: private space where membership, comments, and blogs are monitored  Warning about ads: making students aware that it was a free application and ads such as match.com have nothing to do with our learning objective!  The Ning was blocked at school along with other social networking sites March, 2010
  11. 11. The Teacher Monitor & Digital Natives First discussion forum: rate of interaction; kind of interaction; failure to monitor Second discussion forum: more interaction; more tolerance; critical thinking more activated Adding widgets: the map Turning the Ning public: more authentic readership activated learners’ motivation; the blog experience Conducting a survey: what students enjoyed the most is having a wider audience and reading comments on their work the most Setting a guest space for visitors to write comments March, 2010
  12. 12. The Learners’ e-presence Growing interaction Better skills at writing emails More tolerance & Better insight (active critical thinking) in discussion forums Learn the value of collaboration: sharing their work and building on each other’s work Posting their narratives in blogs to share them with their classmates and the world Writing comments on each other’s blogs March, 2010
  13. 13. Revising Strategies & Prospects Fine-tune goals: baby steps  to have more educators on board; give chances for a “try it yourself” period / training Better planning: contact with parents ; integration within school’s website ; integrated activities with clear outcomes ( in-process) Model and monitor consistently: teacher’s e-presence ( in-process) March, 2010 Follow up the ticked points on following slides.
  14. 14. Digital Etiquette in Action: Email 1
  15. 15. Digital Etiquette in Action: Email 2Signature
  16. 16. Guest Spacehttp://msenglishdept.edublogs.org/guestspace-call-newbie/
  17. 17. SJS CALL Newbie:Grade 9 Ning (2010-2011)
  18. 18. Development: SJS CALL Newbie on the school’s website Formal communication with parents Upgrading – annual subscription: no longer a free application / no more ads Accessible at school WebQuest Gradual initiation; more personal space (to avoid the creepy treehouse effect) Class Wiki
  19. 19. How is it done?1. Setting objectives + Product (usually prepared with students)2. Posting clear prompt + Criteria3. Setting a timeline4. Arranging checkpoints5. Posting & encouraging comments6. Editing and improving on
  20. 20. What matters the most? Message to Learners To engage you in a learning space outside the classroom That way, we prepare you for the technological challenges of the time where the web is a major platform for interaction, learning, and business We fix some misconceptions we might have about the uses of the Internet and we open up our classroom walls to the world; in other words, we build up an identity on the web, and we post work that we are proud to share with the world. This enhances both independence and responsibility. Moreover - as the description of this community indicates - we aim to promote the value of communication and collaboration. This includes digital etiquette (respect, etc.) as well as critical thinking (in your comments on each others posts for e.g.) and support (exchange of information & skills and intellectual generosity).
  21. 21. What matters most? Message to Learners Most of all, this kind of personalized yet responsible interaction is meant to be more F.U.N. as more time is given to everybody and more space to display what they know best and for others to appreciate that! I know its clear to everybody that we havent achieved all these objectives, and we might not do so anytime this year. The degree of achievement is individual, and the only measure for success is awareness and consistency i.e. you should know where you’re heading and keep at it even when the year is done. What you acquire here should be the base!
  22. 22. What is still the problem? Assessment Collaboration with other teachers Resistance: Exhaustion; Fear of change No training / support (problem of professional development all over in Lebanon) School vision Not enough time

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