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Project based inquiry in local and global settings

  1. 1. New Literacies & Project-Based Inquiry: Collaborating Locally & Globally Hiller A. Spires Professor NC State University
  2. 2. Since 2007
  3. 3. CED Delegation to Beijing 2007 US Asia Conference Board 2008 NC/China Summit 2008, 2010, 2012 Chinese Scholar Junzheng Zhang 2009 New Literacies Institutes Beijing 2010, 2013 Student Summer/Winter Camps 2011-2013 Beijing Inst. for Science & Technology 2011 Chinese Scholar Professor Dan Li 2013 Partnership with Suzhou N. A. High School My Involvement with China
  4. 4. (Spires, Morris, & Zheng, 2013)
  5. 5. Spires, Morris & Zhang, 2012 Having Our Say: US & Chinese Teachers’ Perceptions
  6. 6. 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)
  7. 7. High-speed, stable, consistent internet connection
  8. 8. Globally Competent & Civic Minded STEM & STEAM Knowledgeable Creative Problem Solvers & Critical Thinkers Effective Communicators & Collaborators
  9. 9. How the demand for skills has changed Economy-wide measures of routine and non-routine task input (US) (Levy and Murnane, 2004) Meantaskinputaspercentilesof the1960taskdistribution 40 45 50 55 60 65 1960 1970 1980 1990 2002 Routine manual Nonroutine manual Routine cognitive Nonroutine analytic Nonroutine interactive
  10. 10. Valued Performances for Now & the Near Future Expert thinking and problem solving involves effective pattern matching based on detailed knowledge. The set of skills used by the stumped expert to decide when to give up on one strategy and what to try next. Complex communication requires the exchange of vast amounts of verbal and nonverbal information. The information flow is constantly adjusted as the communication evolves unpredictably.
  11. 11. How do you Problem Solve & Collaborate?
  12. 12. Partnership for 21st Century Skills Life and Career Skills Learning and Innovation Skills—4Cs Critical thinking - Communication Collaboration - Creativity Information, Media, and Technology Skills Core Subjects—3Rs And 21st Century Themes Embracing the 3 Rs + 4 Cs
  13. 13. Toward a New Learning Ecology
  14. 14. Old Learning Ecology
  15. 15. New Global Learning Ecology
  16. 16. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Adapted from Mishra & Koehler, 2006 Technological Knowledge Content Knowledge Pedagogical Knowledge Context Project Based Inquiry (PBI): Process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge Teacher’s Content Knowledge: Expertise in English, History Physics, Calculus, etc. Technology Tools: Audacity Animato Prezi FlipGrid Wikispaces Weebly Voki, etc.
  17. 17. Ask a Compelling Question Gather & Analyze Information Creatively Synthesize Information Critically Evaluate & Revise Publish Share Act Design Studio Showcase A Project Based Inquiry Approach to Learning Spires, Hervey, Morris, & Stelpflug, 2012.
  18. 18. Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Anderson & Krathwol, (2001); Spires et al (2009)
  19. 19. Traditional F2F Learning Blended Learning • F2F + Online • 24/7/365 Learning • Just-in-Time Learning What is Blended Learning?
  20. 20. Video will go here! 7Ng9Y8 Embed code: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Retrieved from
  21. 21. How You Can Connect Your Classroom! •Global Education Collaborative • •Flat Classrooms •Global School Net •ePals •Progressive Writing
  22. 22. Students generate complex intellectual products to demonstrate learning Students learn and collaborate in similar ways found in career and work environments Students are critical consumers and producers of content Teachers are facilitators and academic coaches for high quality student learning
  23. 23. So let’s give it a go . . . . Dr. Hiller Spires
  24. 24. References Anderson, L. W. and David R. Krathwohl, D. R., et al (Eds..) (2001) A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing:A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Allyn & Bacon. Boston, MA. Asia Society. (2007). Learning in a global age: Knowledge and skills for a flat world. (2007). Retrieved May 2008 from Barron, B. (2006). Interest and self-sustained learning as catalysts of development: A learning ecologies perspective. Human Development, 49, 193-224. Brown, J.S. (1999 ). Learning, working, and playing in the digital age. Serendip. Retrieved on February 12, 2009 from Carroll, T. (2007). Preparing and supporting 21st century teachers. In B. Wehling, (Ed.). Building a 21st century US education system. National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future: Washington, DC. Cook, S. & Brown, J.S. (2005). Bridging epistemologies: The generational knowledge between organizational knowledge and organizational knowing. In S.E. Little & T. Ray, (Eds.). Managing knowledge: An essential reader (2nd ed.). (pp.51-84). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robinson, A., Weigel, M. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st Century. White paper for the MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved on June 15, 2007, from
  25. 25. References Koehler, M. J., & Mishra, P. (2008). Introducing TPCK. In AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology (Ed.), Handbook of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) for educators (pp. 3-29). New York, NY: Routledge. Lee, J., Hollebrands, K., Spires, H., Young, C. & Wiebe, E. (2010, April/May). Toward a new learning ecology in 1:1 learning environments. Paper presented as part of a symposium at AERA, Denver, CO. Little, S. E., & Ray, T. (2005). Managing knowledge: An essential reader (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological pedagogical content knowledge: A framework for teacher knowledge. Teachers College Record, 108(6), 1017–1054. Saato, M., R.C., & Darling-Hammond, L. (2008). Improving teachers’ assessment practices through professional development: The case of National Board Certification. American Educational Research Journal, 45 (3), 669-700. Senges, M., Brown, J.S., & Rheingold, H. (2008, December). Entrepreneurial learning in the networked age. Paradigmes, 1. 125- 140. Spires, H., Wiebe, E., Young, C., Hollebrand, K. Lee, J., & Hollebrand, K. (2009). Toward a new learning ecology: Teaching and Learning in 1:1 Learning Environments. Friday Institute White Paper Series: Raleigh, NC. See paper-series/2009/04/22/toward-a-new-learning-ecology/ Wesch, M. (2008). A portal for media literacy. Retrieved February 23, 2009, from