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10 Signs of a 21st Century
Classroom
Patrick Goertz
10 Signs of 21st Century Classroom
• Developed as a guide to improve STEM offerings
• Cross curricular
• Published on Edut...
Why 21st Century?
• We’re already 16 years in.
• Other possibilities?
• Conveys urgency and familiarity
Classroom of the Past
• Linear
• Vertical knowledge transfer
• Worked well for the time
What has changed?
• Understanding of the Brain
• Society
• Workforce needs
#1:Technology Integration
• More than just use of technology
• Outcome should be different
Tech Idea: Socrative
• Quick responses
• Anonymous
• Exit ticket
• Cross platform
Tech Idea: PhET
• Over 100 sims
• Physics, chem, bio
#2: Collaboration
• Not a matter of introvert/extrovert
• Exposure to new ideas
• Opposing viewpoints
Collaboration Idea: Kagan Strategies
• Based on Multiple Intelligence research
• Engagement and movement
Collaboration Idea:Teacher PLN
• Not just for students
• Observe
• Discuss
Collaboration Idea: Brainstorming
• Important part of the engineering design process
• Keep positive
• Methods:
• Visual
•...
#3: Creativity
• STEAM
• Builds confidence
• Increase in productivity
Creativity Idea:Video Contest
• Students have added motivation
• Can be used as assessment
Creativity Idea: In Character Presentations
• Students act the role:
• Scientists
• Experts
• Atoms
#4: Inquiry
• Develops student-scientists
• Question based approach
• Guided vs. open
Inquiry Idea: Open Ended Labs
• Included in more AP courses
• Let students decide how to demonstrate a concept
Inquiry Idea: Student Designed Labs
• Pose a question
• Students determine steps to an answer
#5: CriticalThinking
• Students justify answers
• Challenge preconceptions
• Make thoughts visible
CriticalThinking Idea:Why?
• Like a child
• Be annoying
CriticalThinking Idea:Test Corrections
• Allow students opportunity to reflect
• More than just correct answer
• Contentio...
#6: Writing
• Specifically for reflection
• Metacognition
• Error avoidance
Writing Idea: Engineering Journals
• Document the entire process
• Skills
• Observation
• Notetaking
• Sketching
• Organiz...
Writing Idea: Peer Review
• Scientific process
• Allows students to view other work
#7: Problem Solving
• Fits into a number of other ideas
• Standardized method of approaching any situation
Problem Solving Idea: Unanswerable Question
• Mars Problem
• What other questions are involved?
Problem Solving: Rube Goldberg
• Great way to analyze motion/energy conversion
• Video
#8: Hands-on
• Kinesthetic
• Connection to outside world
• Great to be a science teacher
Hands-on Idea: Probeware
• Vernier or Pasco
• Measurement of numerous factors
Hands-on Idea: Projects
• Can span an entire unit
• Roller coaster project
#9:Teacher as Facilitator
• Personalized education
• Guide and mentor
• Help students to find passion
Facilitator Idea: Capstone Research
• Students choose final project
• Project presentation night
Facilitator Idea: StudentTaught Lesson
• Students become “experts”
• Teacher reviews lessons before presentation
#10:Transparent Assessment
• Students should know what and how
• Link to objectives
Assessment Idea: Rubrics
• Especially useful for projects
• Unambiguous categories
• Students require training
Assessment Idea: Distributed Labs
• Too many labs?
• One student per lab group writes the report
• Formal lab
• Turn rotat...
Assessment Idea: Standards Based Grading
• Don’t be alarmed!
• Acknowledges that students learn at different speeds
• Vari...
Image Attributions
• [SDCHS Students]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2015, from www.saviochs.org
• Edutopia Logo [Digital...
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10 signs of a 21st century classroom

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We teach in 2016 so why do many of our classrooms look like they’re from the 1950s? Concepts from engineering can help to modernize our teaching methods and classroom style. This presentation covers tools for improving technology integration, collaboration, creativity, inquiry, justification for answers, writing for reflection, problem solving, hands-on learning, the role of the teacher as a facilitator, and transparent assessment.

Initially presented at the AACT Dow Teacher Summit in Austin, Texas, July 2016.

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10 signs of a 21st century classroom

  1. 1. 10 Signs of a 21st Century Classroom Patrick Goertz
  2. 2. 10 Signs of 21st Century Classroom • Developed as a guide to improve STEM offerings • Cross curricular • Published on Edutopia
  3. 3. Why 21st Century? • We’re already 16 years in. • Other possibilities? • Conveys urgency and familiarity
  4. 4. Classroom of the Past • Linear • Vertical knowledge transfer • Worked well for the time
  5. 5. What has changed? • Understanding of the Brain • Society • Workforce needs
  6. 6. #1:Technology Integration • More than just use of technology • Outcome should be different
  7. 7. Tech Idea: Socrative • Quick responses • Anonymous • Exit ticket • Cross platform
  8. 8. Tech Idea: PhET • Over 100 sims • Physics, chem, bio
  9. 9. #2: Collaboration • Not a matter of introvert/extrovert • Exposure to new ideas • Opposing viewpoints
  10. 10. Collaboration Idea: Kagan Strategies • Based on Multiple Intelligence research • Engagement and movement
  11. 11. Collaboration Idea:Teacher PLN • Not just for students • Observe • Discuss
  12. 12. Collaboration Idea: Brainstorming • Important part of the engineering design process • Keep positive • Methods: • Visual • Ladder
  13. 13. #3: Creativity • STEAM • Builds confidence • Increase in productivity
  14. 14. Creativity Idea:Video Contest • Students have added motivation • Can be used as assessment
  15. 15. Creativity Idea: In Character Presentations • Students act the role: • Scientists • Experts • Atoms
  16. 16. #4: Inquiry • Develops student-scientists • Question based approach • Guided vs. open
  17. 17. Inquiry Idea: Open Ended Labs • Included in more AP courses • Let students decide how to demonstrate a concept
  18. 18. Inquiry Idea: Student Designed Labs • Pose a question • Students determine steps to an answer
  19. 19. #5: CriticalThinking • Students justify answers • Challenge preconceptions • Make thoughts visible
  20. 20. CriticalThinking Idea:Why? • Like a child • Be annoying
  21. 21. CriticalThinking Idea:Test Corrections • Allow students opportunity to reflect • More than just correct answer • Contentious area
  22. 22. #6: Writing • Specifically for reflection • Metacognition • Error avoidance
  23. 23. Writing Idea: Engineering Journals • Document the entire process • Skills • Observation • Notetaking • Sketching • Organization
  24. 24. Writing Idea: Peer Review • Scientific process • Allows students to view other work
  25. 25. #7: Problem Solving • Fits into a number of other ideas • Standardized method of approaching any situation
  26. 26. Problem Solving Idea: Unanswerable Question • Mars Problem • What other questions are involved?
  27. 27. Problem Solving: Rube Goldberg • Great way to analyze motion/energy conversion • Video
  28. 28. #8: Hands-on • Kinesthetic • Connection to outside world • Great to be a science teacher
  29. 29. Hands-on Idea: Probeware • Vernier or Pasco • Measurement of numerous factors
  30. 30. Hands-on Idea: Projects • Can span an entire unit • Roller coaster project
  31. 31. #9:Teacher as Facilitator • Personalized education • Guide and mentor • Help students to find passion
  32. 32. Facilitator Idea: Capstone Research • Students choose final project • Project presentation night
  33. 33. Facilitator Idea: StudentTaught Lesson • Students become “experts” • Teacher reviews lessons before presentation
  34. 34. #10:Transparent Assessment • Students should know what and how • Link to objectives
  35. 35. Assessment Idea: Rubrics • Especially useful for projects • Unambiguous categories • Students require training
  36. 36. Assessment Idea: Distributed Labs • Too many labs? • One student per lab group writes the report • Formal lab • Turn rotates
  37. 37. Assessment Idea: Standards Based Grading • Don’t be alarmed! • Acknowledges that students learn at different speeds • Varied ways to use this
  38. 38. Image Attributions • [SDCHS Students]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2015, from www.saviochs.org • Edutopia Logo [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2015, from http://www.edutopia.org/sites/all/themes/edutopia/images/logo-print.png • [1950s Classroom]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 9, 2015, from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/25/Parkside_Elementary_3rd_Grade_Class_1965.JPG/1280px-Parkside_Elementary_3rd_Grade_Class_1965.JPG • Brain [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2015, from http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/default/files/field/image/brain-512758_1280.png • IPad Mini [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 13, 2016, from http://iphoneate.com/encuentran-referencias-de-un-ipad-mini-en-la-aplicacion-instapaper • Socrative Cell Phone [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2015, from Www.soctrative.com • PhET Simulation [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2015, from https://dr282zn36sxxg.cloudfront.net/datastreams/f-d:06e173872a8cf2c6b0f5a9eb9f5774cc8c15a4c58d1a1c3cf0469cdd+IMAGE_TINY+IMAGE_TINY.1 • Dept Heads [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 14, 2016, from http://www.saviochs.org/editoruploads/images/Welcome/Staff Directory/DeptHeads.JPG • [Creativity]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2015, from http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2015-07-16-1437023087-795636-Huffpostbusiness.jpg • Question [Digital image]. (2014, January 18). Retrieved November 9, 2015, from https://openclipart.org/detail/190137/question • Writing [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2015, from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2c/Writing.svg/240px-Writing.svg.png • Mars [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2015, from http://www.latinquasar.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=516&Itemid=2 • Checklist Icon [Digital image]. (2008, December 1). Retrieved November 8, 2015, from https://openclipart.org/image/2400px/svg_to_png/20498/CoD-fsfe-Checklist-icon.png

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