Using 21st Century Tools to Teach 21st Century Skills
21 st Century Skills are… Life savers Allowing us to rediscover or recharge our PASSION about teaching! In the ocean of assessments, paperwork, and day to day routines…GREAT teachers must possess the vision to see above the crest of turmoil and mediocrity to see what is possible. Implementing 21 st Century Skills into your lessons will revitalize YOUR interest and your students’ interests! Having “Passion for Teaching”
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21st Century Learning: What does it involve? Emphasize learning skills Use 21st Century tools to develop learning skills (computers, internet, other technology) Teach and learn in a 21st Century context (relevance to students’ life, authentic learning experiences, bring world into classroom, go out into the world) Teach and learn 21st Century content
Use 21st Century assessment that measures 21st Century skills (classroom assessments and standardized tests)
Framework for 21st Century Learning Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes Life and Career Skills Learning and Innovation Skills Information, Media and Technology Skills
Core Subjects 21st Century Themes (21st Century Content)
Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy
Learning and Innovation Skills Creativity and Innovation Skills (ISTE 1) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills (ISTE 4) Information, Media & Technology Skills Communication and Collaboration Skills (ISTE 2) Information Literacy (ISTE 3) ISTE 5 - Digital Citizenship ISTE 6 - Technology operations and concepts
ICT Literacy (Information, Communications, and Technology)
Life and Career Skills Flexibility and Adaptability Initiative and Self Direction Social and Cross-Cultural Skills Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Possibilities for incorporating 21st Century Skills . . . School-wide projects where students explore passions Student driven action research projects Authentic service learning
Creative alignment of educators
Digital Story Telling Push your student’s creativity, writing, sequencing, and articulating a message with digital story telling. (Windows MovieMaker and iMovie work great too.) http:// www.primaryaccess.org/ds.htm http:// www.readwritethink.org/materials/storymap / http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/movie_social_studies_02.html
http:// www.coe.uh.edu /digital-storytelling/
YouTube. Okay, so it’s blocked in many schools, but it is a location for students to publish their videos. TeacherTube. Many schools are allowing this site. Teacher and student created videos are available. Online Video Hosts http:// www.youtube.com / http://www.teachertube.com/ http:// www.ustream.tv /
Ustream. Want to air a live broadcast to the world? (Your pen pals in Argentina want to see the cool experiment you are doing in Eau Claire.) It’s possible with Ustream. All you need is a video camera.
Blogs Use as a newsletter to communicate with families or as a forum for parent/student/teacher discussion on topics covered in class http:// edublogs.org / http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =NN2I1pWXjXI Blogs in Plain English
Students can use blogs to talk with the world about books they have read, comment on issues, request feedback, use to differentiate by having them respond to leveled questions etc.
Wikis http:// pbwiki.com / http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =-dnL00TdmLY http://www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikiideas1.cfm http:// gowest.wikispaces.com /
Collaborative writing is easy with a wiki. Create, edit, modify, link, and organize all via the web.
Evaluate websites—is the information… Current? Biased? Based on Facts?
Promote public speaking by creating podcasts. Use Audacity, a free, cross-platform sound editor to create and edit sounds. Podcasts http://audacity.sourceforge.net / Audacity Instructional videos http://asimov.coehs.uwosh.edu/~winterfe/audacity/ http://web.mac.com/lburch/EdPodcasting/Teacher_%26_Student_Podcasts/Entries/2006/6/9_Wilson_Group_the_Roides_Way.html
Attach a podcast to your blog and ask for feedback. That’s real world!
Web Quests Inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking are all promoted in high quality web quests. http:// webquest.org/index.php http://bestwebquests.com/default.asp http://ses.hermiston.k12.or.us/reeve_powetrywebquest http://its.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/plantquest/index.htm http://its.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/forest/forest.htm http://newman.needham.k12.ma.us/learningmaps/webquests/new_math_poetry/main.htm
What is a Web quest? A web quest is an assignment which asks students to use the World Wide Web to learn about and/or synthesize their knowledge a specific topic.
Maps A picture is worth a 1,000 words. Explore the world with online map resources. Google Maps Street View -- research a career, find a place to live, use it to plan a vacation, to map out a character’s travels in a novel, to get the “big picture” whe studying a state, a country, see the places mentioned in the news! http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/index_.html
Google Earth -- use this to have your students go on that vacation they planned for their family. They can see the sights along the roads they travel.
Problem Solving/ Critical Thinking Lessons or Activities http:// www.learnnc.org /lessons / http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp http://www.tltguide.ccsd.k12.co.us/instructional_tools/Projects/projects.html http:// www.readwritethink.org/lessons/index.asp?grade =0&strand=0&engagement=0 http:// nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vLibrary.html http:// mathforum.org/paths/measurement/e.measlessons.html http:// teacher.scholastic.com /maven / http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorer/ecosystems/be_an_explorer/map/form_wildcats.htm
Real world examples for definitions of key terms
So I challenge you to… Go to my website and play with some of these programs AND use 1 in your class in January! A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money. "Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy."
"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found."
FYI This Power Point will be on my website—under Departments, Federal Programs, Title 1, 3-5 Literacy Coach!