By Cindy Wright Instructional Technology Specialist Columbus City Schools I believe that we cannot even begin to imagine the changes that are going to take place as the two-way nature of the Internet begins to flower, and that even those of us who have spent time imagining this future will be astounded by what happens. ~ Steve Hargadon Photocredit :http://leadinganswers.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/03/15/monarch_stages.jpg
Engaging today’s students means tapping into what is important to them.
We have a responsibility to prepare them for their future, not our past.
Technology allows learners get their information
When they want it
How they want it
Wherever they want it
Today’s students are Digital Natives ( Marc Prensky )
Short attention spans
Use technology to express themselves
Real-time learners - instant messages, text messages
How students live with technology Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures. Dr. Bruce D. Perry, Baylor College of Medicine
Educators must get over the idea that technology will replace them. Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer absolutely deserves to be, because they just do not get it.
When I Become A Teacher
Other programs have come and gone….
but technology is not program!
Technology is changing
Impossible to keep up with it
Skills learned today will be irrelevant in the near future
Focus less on the technology skill
Focus more on the 21 st century skill
Why Change? You change because you understand learning is dynamic and that to not change means to quit growing. ~ Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/ Photo credit :http://leadinganswers.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/03/15/monarch_stages.jpg
21 st Century Skills
Applied skills refer to those skills that enable new entrants to use the basic knowledge acquired in school to perform in the workplace.
What Employers Want:
Oral and Written Communications
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
• Professionalism/Work Ethic , Teamwork/Collaboration and Oral Communications are rated as the three “most important” applied skills needed by entrants into today’s workforce. • Knowledge of Foreign Languages will “increase in importance” in the next five years, more than any other basic skill, according to over 60 percent (63.3 percent) of the employer respondents. • Making Appropriate Choices Concerning Health and Wellness is the No. 1 emerging content area for future graduates entering the U.S. workforce as reported by three-quarters of the employer respondents (76.1 percent). • Creativity/Innovation is projected to “increase in importance” for future workforce entrants, according to more than 70 percent (73.6 percent) of employer respondents. Currently, however, more than half of employer respondents (54.2 percent) report new workforce entrants with a high school diploma to be “deficient” in this skill set.
Welcome to Web 2.0
Open source content and applications
Sites that get their value from their users
Social Networking/Bookmarking Sites
Open Source Content and Applications
Anyone can be a publisher
All open source material is free
Relies on a community that encourages reusing materials
Tools for commentary/free expression-text, audio, video
Supports social networking
Impacting the Classroom With Web 2.0 Tools
The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Honors websites, tools and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner . http://ala.org/aasl/bestsites
The award winning websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.
They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
“ Top 25”
The "Top 25" Web sites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
Organizing and Managing
Social Networking and Communication
Organizing and Managing With Web 2.0 Tools
Web based service where shared lists of user created Internet bookmarks are displayed. Allows user to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources by tagging sites.
Web based so your bookmarks are available anywhere-not just on one computer in the favorites
Share web page links with others
Create “networks” of people with like interests and bookmarks
Organize your web pages with tags
Users create “clouds” of tags to easily locate resources
Content Collaboration With Web 2.0 Tools
A free online writing space that is created and edited by multiple authors
Easy-to-use interface for creating Web pages
No software - all you need is Web-based
Public or private, and you can invite participants
What can you do with a Wiki?
Build a classroom/school newspaper online
Publish student projects and research
Use as a presentation tool
Debate course topics, assigned readings
Design a student-created “Solutions Manual”
Support service learning projects (build a website about a challenge in your city)
www.wikispaces.com Now we're taking the next step - we want to give away 100,000 free K-12 Plus wikis. That includes all the features and benefits that normally cost $50/year - for free. No fine print, no usage limits, no advertising, no catches.
Media Sharing With Web 2.0 Tools
Digital Video www.zamzar.com
Wordle Welcome Wordle
Powerful way to share images, documents, and videos
What is a VoiceThread?
Allows students to put together presentations using photos and text that are then synchronized to music for a very professional effect.
Allows students to create a visual blog
Similar to a scrapbook page, but each item can be linked to another area
Social Networking and Communication With Web 2.0 Tools
Create your own Personal Learning Network (PLN)
How can web 2.0 tools help you become a better teacher?
How can you work smarter not harder?
How can you feel connected to teachers with similar issues, feelings, worries, struggles?
Get a Network!
Not this type of network
But a professional network
Begin building your PLN
Join a professional social network. I belong to Classroom 2.0 (Ning) and the Discovery Educator’s Network (Discovery Education) (http://socialnetworksined.wikispaces.com/)
Find 3-5 Blogs (Google Blogs) you like and subscribe to them using RSS feeds or Google Reader
Join a microblogging network like Twitter or Plurk
Lurk for awhile
Participate-Become a part of the conversation
Classroom 2.0 Ning http://www.classroom20.com/ A great place for building contacts with other educators who are interested in using Web 2.0 tools. A weekly live show on Saturdays gives members a chance to communicate and learn together. ISTE Ning http://www.iste-community.org A new Ning created by ISTE to promote communication among ISTE members. Special Interest Groups for Tech Coordinators, 1:1 and more give an opportunity for focused conversations. 1. Join a Social Network
2. Find 3-5 Blogs to follow
Really simple syndication, a way of aggregating web content in one place. Users subscribe to sites with RSS feeds and the aggregators collects new content and sends it to your desktop. So the content of 30 sites is visible in one place.
Subscribe to Blogs using RSS
All the blogs you follow are collected in one place for easy reading.
140 characters or less
Use it to see what others are doing
Use it to ask questions and get ideas
http://www.commoncraft.com/show 3. Join a microblogging site
Use this URL to be added to STAR Discovery Educators list