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By: Angela Minneci
 The “story” of school has
gone basically unrevised
for 150 years
 The new question: why
do we need school?
 The skills...
 95% of 12-18 year olds go online regularly.
 77% have cell phones, 76% use social
networking
 The ability to connect,
...
 Options for college and future employment are undergoing
dramatic shifts
 There are now hundreds of free, open online c...
 A recent policy paper released by the National Council of
Teachers of English states that 21st century readers and
write...
• Written by business men &
policymakers
• Compete against other
countries
• Learning is quantifiable
• Common Core
curric...
 Prepare kids for old-school
expectations and new-world
realities
 Educators rethink
classrooms in light of our
technolo...
 Remove questions that can be
answered with a simple
Google search
 Questions should inspire
critical thinking and measu...
Unlearn and relearn; rethink & develop educational practices
Six places to begin:
 Share something
 Discover the curricu...
Share something
Blogs, videos, websites and other
digital forms can be used for
teachers to connect with other
teachers an...
Talk to Strangers
So much learning can be done
online from experts such as
scientists, journalists, authors,
historians an...
Do real work for real
audiences
Authentic, real-world projects
are valuable to the student and
the community.Technology ca...
 Learn and advocate for modern, connected learning
 More resources:
- A New Culture of Learning- DouglasThomas
- The Glo...
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  1. 1. By: Angela Minneci
  2. 2.  The “story” of school has gone basically unrevised for 150 years  The new question: why do we need school?  The skills needed to succeed in the future job market have changed drastically due to advancing technology
  3. 3.  95% of 12-18 year olds go online regularly.  77% have cell phones, 76% use social networking  The ability to connect, share, collaborate and publish exists at our fingertips  School-aged children are at the forefront of this technological revolution
  4. 4.  Options for college and future employment are undergoing dramatic shifts  There are now hundreds of free, open online college courses  Employment is shifting- by 2020, it’s estimated that half of all US employees will be independent/freelancers.
  5. 5.  A recent policy paper released by the National Council of Teachers of English states that 21st century readers and writers need to: - Develop proficiency with the tools of technology - Design/share information for global communities - Manage and analyze multiple streams of information - Create, critique and analyze multimedia texts  Schools are falling behind in addressing these literacies  They are focused on “teaching to the test” using an increasingly irrelevant curriculum
  6. 6. • Written by business men & policymakers • Compete against other countries • Learning is quantifiable • Common Core curriculum • Discovery • Progressive thinking • Learning: asking questions, collaborating with others, authentic • Schools are nodes in a network expanding far beyond local walls
  7. 7.  Prepare kids for old-school expectations and new-world realities  Educators rethink classrooms in light of our technological abundance  Develop professional practice addressing traditional outcomes and “new-world”  Readdress assessment  Advocate for change
  8. 8.  Remove questions that can be answered with a simple Google search  Questions should inspire critical thinking and measure the students ability to use the Web as well as discern good from bad information  Performance-based assessment speaks more to what students know and can do than contrived, multiple- choice scantrons.
  9. 9. Unlearn and relearn; rethink & develop educational practices Six places to begin:  Share something  Discover the curriculum  Talk to strangers  Be a master learner  Do real work for real audiences  Transfer the power
  10. 10. Share something Blogs, videos, websites and other digital forms can be used for teachers to connect with other teachers and spread the wealth of knowledge. Discover the curriculum Students engage in inquiry, ask complex questions, and plan their own path to finding answers. Teachers guide students as they pursue their own interests.
  11. 11. Talk to Strangers So much learning can be done online from experts such as scientists, journalists, authors, historians and more. Students should learn safe internet practices, as well. Be a Master Learner Effectively and efficiently maneuver through vast quantities of information and find what is meaningful and relevant.Teach students to be the skills to be lifelong learners.
  12. 12. Do real work for real audiences Authentic, real-world projects are valuable to the student and the community.Technology can enhance this idea as students create podcasts, videos and post work online to be shared. Transfer the Power Teachers guide students as they take responsibility over their own learning and problem- solving. Students learn about their own interests and passions.
  13. 13.  Learn and advocate for modern, connected learning  More resources: - A New Culture of Learning- DouglasThomas - The Global Achievement Gap-TonyWagner - Rethinking Education in the Age ofTechnology- Allan Collins/Richard Halverson

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