Traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis are privileged in schools.
A call to reform by Policy makers is evidenced in the alternative for states to opt out of the “No Child Left Behind” legislative mandate through the “Race to the Top” initiative and grants, the National Education Technology Plan, and the 45 states that adopted the Common Core Standards, Texas not among them. The Public ’s call is illustrated by the mainstream documentary “Waiting for Superman,” the sections on “Education Reform” in Huffington Post and Wikipedia , and numerous reports and opinions in the mainstream press.
The business sector, with the exception of the Texas Association of Business , calls for a different set of skills than is currently privileged in traditional curricula. Such as a people who could think, synthesize ideas, communicate, place things in context, and understand the relationships among ideas ” Progressive educators advocate for a “learning reform” strongly facilitated by digital media and the skills and competencies young people enjoy through their affiliations using online social networks and other participatory media in an informal setting. Many educators and education organizations are borrowing ideas for school reform from this out-of-school learning system and integrating new media tools and resources in the curriculum into innovative ways. In my own experiences of collaborating with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools, many teachers are embracing the affordances of new media, using these tools to motivate and engage their students.
Add what the public, business, and gov ’t sectors want. I reviewed the works of major associations and organizations that based their 21 st century skills categories on research. I extracted the skills and competencies and made a word cloud that shows by size the frequency of skills listed. As evidenced here, the scope of 21 st century skills encompasses competencies in many areas. By developing assignments that require students to systematically practicing skills to master these competencies, students can demonstrate higher cognitive achievement. What % of your list is comprised of 21 st century skills?
Collaborate with teachers to plan meaningful assignments Identify content, skills, and tools needed for specific project Integrate new media tools, resources and skills meaningfully and deliberately into the project
Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
Jenkins, Clinton, Purushotma, Robison, & Weigel. (2009). Confronting the challenges ofa participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century.What % of your list is made upof the skills below?
Education reform– Policy makersU.S. Department of Education, 2009; TransformingAmerican Education, 2010; National GovernorsAssociation Center for Best Practices & Council of ChiefState School Officers, 2012– Public“Waiting for Superman,” “Education reform” sections inHuffington Post & Wikipedia, mainstream press andopinion & editorials
Education reform cont…Business sectorJennings, 2012; Partnership for 21stCentury Skills [P21],2008; National Research Council, 2012, p. Sum: 1;Department of Labor, 1991Progressive educators & related educationassociations and organizationsBrown & Thomas, 2010; Commission on Accreditation,2010; Gee & Hayes, 2011; Ito et al., 2010; Jenkins,Clinton, Purushotma, Robison, & Weigel, 2006;MacArthur Foundation, 2009; Partnership for 21stCenturySkills, 2008; Rheingold, 2008; Robinson, 2006; Tapscott,2009
American Association of School Librarians, 2007; International Society ofTechnology in Education, 2007; National Association of Independent Schools,2010; National Research Council, 2012; Partnership for 21stCentury Skills, 200821stcentury skillsWhat % of your list iscomprised of 21stcenturyskills?
Copyright 2010, Linworth Publishing, Marla W. McGhee and Barbara A. Jansen.
What makes up ameaningful assignment?Go to: www.socrative.com and login as studentwith this room number: 891478I will use short answer to display your responses
Meaningful assignmentsshift the mindset from teaching to learning.(How will the student best learn thisknowledge and practice these skills fortransfer?)articulate content-area knowledge the studentshould build.focus on the content not the container.
Meaningful assignmentscont...move students beyond knowledge andcomprehension by:making the content relevant to students’lives,requiring vigorous effort and rigorousthought, and/orproviding an audience for their results.allow for students to practice “traditional” skills.allows for students to practice “21stcentury”skills.
With apologies to “Young Frankenstein.” 20thCentury Fox, 1974.DOBarbaraA. Jansen
Questions to ask: Going beyondinformation found in sources1. Is the purpose of the activity to provideinitial background information for the topic orare you wanting to have the students makeconnections among topics they have alreadystudied or something that is important to themin their lives today?2. I wonder if the kids can just cut and pasteinformation they find in the sources?How do you want the students to go beyond the info
3. Who is the students’ audience?4. What is the best way for students toshow the results to, or reach, the audience?5. Do we want to ensure thatall students benefit by all of the research andresults and are responsible for learning aboutall topics in addition to the one theyresearched?Questions to ask: Going beyondinformation found in sources cont…
“How do we ensure thatevery child has access tothe skills and experiencesneeded to become a fullparticipant in the social,cultural, economic, andpolitical future of oursociety?”(Jenkins, Clinton, Purushotma, Robison, & Weigel, 2006, p. 56).Self assessment
My involvementPlan with teacher(s)Create student planning and pre-productionmaterialsAssemble assignment wikiDecide on sources (with teacher input)Teach skills at point of needAssess note cards and citations (OMG!), andpresentation skills as appropriate
Lead with conversationsWhat questions will you need to ask yourself?What questions will you need to ask yourteaching partner?Group collaboration: Develop questions forwhich you can raise the bar in designing learningexperiences that will help students buildknowledge, require rigor of thought, and developessential skills.http://bit.ly/11aBGtX
Learning designGroup collaboration: Choose a topic or set ofcurriculum objectives that you want to developinto a rigorous and meaningful learningexperience for students. Use your questions toguide the design of a dynamic experience forstudents.http://bit.ly/ZciQET
Group collaborationLead withconversationsWhat questions will you need to askyourself? What questions will you needto ask your teaching partner?Group collaboration: Developquestions for which you can raise thebar in designing learning experiencesthat will help students build knowledge,require rigor of thought, and developessential skills.http://bit.ly/11aBGtXLearning designGroup collaboration: Choose a topic orset of curriculum objectives that youwant to develop into a rigorous andmeaningful learning experience forstudents. Use your questions to guidethe design of a dynamic experience forstudents.http://bit.ly/ZciQET