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  • A majority of those of you who completed the survey I sent out asking your preferences for technology topics indicated that you were interested in exploring ideas to foster a student-centered classroom. Even if you did not check this option, you other popular topics you selected were
  • Using wikis, blogs, and google tools in the curriculum and supporting or supplanting the textbook by curating digital content. What I have done is to combing all of these topics and will offer some ideas for you to consider as you begin to use the 80 minute period for projects and also how you can make small or grand changes to your pedagogy to give students more agency in their learning. It isn’t necessarily about the technology but maintaining academic rigor while creating a more student-centered classroom.
  • Traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis
  • Referred to in various literature as “twenty-first century skills, student-centered learning, college and career readiness,, 21st century skills include “both cognitive and non-cognitive skills—such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, effective communication, motivation, persistence and learning to learn—that can be demonstrated within core academic content areas that are important to success in education, work, and other areas of adult responsibility
  • There is emerging evidence that the new media ecology may foster these
  • Dewey, Bruner, Piaget,Montesorri, Vygotsky, brought in Social constructivism” emphasizing how meanings and understandings grow out of social encountersNot just a list of skills as we saw above, but also actions and behaviors that occur while practicing skills.
  • These tools and resources support teaching and learning in a student-centered environment. We will have time to work with the tools of your choice, but before we do that I want to talk a little bit about content curation as some of you may be moving away from a textbook or just want to support the textbook.
  • #3: Ask, “How does this fit into our discussion of X?”#4:This step involves decisions such as which piece to lead with, how to order the chosen pieces, and how to use juxtaposition for maximum effect.
  • #5: This is where the job of the curator actually becomes visible. There are plenty of technologies designed to help you curate such as wikisdropbox or evernote.#7: Provide a space (such as a blogs or in-class discussion using participative tools) for the conversation to take place, participate yourself, and invite students, colleagues and professionals to contribute. #8 As educators, we need to know how successful we were at getting our students to engage with the content. The number of shares and quality of comments around our content help us assess engagement. 
  • Student centered classroom

    1. 1. I feel like I am workingharder than the kids and I already know this stuff!
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    3. 3. Please read pp. 4 & 5 in the NAIS document you received in your email. In a group of 3 or 4, please discuss the article and answer the last question on page 5. Name your group, and post your answer here: Don’t click yet!
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    5. 5. Descriptors available, NAIS, 2010, pp. 11-12.
    6. 6. Core Subjects and 21st Century ThemesEnglish, reading or language arts; worldlanguages; arts; mathematics; economics;science; geography; history; andgovernment and civics, in addition to globalawareness; financial, economic, businessand entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy;health literacy; and environmental literacy.Learning and Innovation Skills creativity andinnovation; critical thinking and problemsolving; and communication andcollaboration.Information, Media and Technology Skillsinformation literacy; media literacy; andinformation, communications andtechnology literacy.Life and Career Skills require flexibility andadaptability; initiative and self-direction;social and cross-cultural skills; productivityand accountability; and leadership andresponsibility.
    7. 7. High Tech High, Project Save the Beach, 2009.
    8. 8. How did this project Which skills diddiffer from students practice?traditional teachingand learning? What Put your responseswere the observable here:differences? your responseshere:
    9. 9. Student-centered and inquiry approach Teacher-directed and coverage-approachStudent voice and choice Teacher selection and directionAll students participate Some students participateQuestions and concepts Required topics and isolated factsCollaborative work Solitary/independent workCritical and analytical thinking MemorizationAuthentic investigations and tasks inmeaningful contexts Out-of-context learning Additional components on
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    11. 11. #1: Find the most relevant, interesting contentto incorporate in to your classes. [Involvestudents as appropriate.]#2: Filter the content and select the bestresources.#3: Add your own perspective and contextualizethe content.**#4: Arrange the content in a manner that makesa point.**Used with permission, Corinne Weisgerber, 8.11.2012.
    12. 12. #5: Create the end product.**#6: Share your work.#7: Involve students in a conversation aroundthe curated content.**#8: Track and assess the curated content.**Used with permission, Corinne Weisgerber, 8.11.2012.
    13. 13. sit with your teaching partner or by department andexplore the wiki. Find at least one tool or idea that can workwith your teaching style, but will involve students in a more participative manner.