This video is an exploration of the definition of literacy: more specifically, of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st Century. Both producers are reflective practitioners who have strong literacy backgrounds. As practising teachers they have a vested interest in this subject. The producers realize that new media in a technological world is shaping the lives of youth and that as a result, redefining the literacy skills that will be necessary for youth to be able to function successfully in the world they are growing up in. The latter implies, by necessity, that the how, what and why of teaching literacy must also change. As a result of having the supposed static, print-centric notion of literacy upturned, the producers became interested in finding out if other educators at their worksites were experiencing this shift and in exploring how these educators were grappling with the notion of what it means to be a literate person and the corresponding implications in terms of their own teaching practise. Were they indeed rethinking what it means to be literate in an information and communication technological world, or upholding the traditional print-centric, paper and pencil viewpoint?
What Does it Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century? is an important and relevant issue that invites dialogue from all practising educators who work with youth. The world is changing and schools are required to make those changes necessary to help youth become fully competent, critical, and thoughtful citizens in the world they live in.
I created an interactive graphic to provide students and their teachers with flexible paths to learn about electing a president and the electoral college. The image was created with ThingLink. I used some of the new storytelling icons to identify different types of resources.
See on http://d97cooltools.blogspot.com/2012/09/electing-president-interactive-graphic.html#more
Summary: A roundup of educational articles, apps and tutorials for educators looking to integrate iPads into the classroom.
The transition to the more extensive use of technology in classrooms across the West has resulted in the integration of bring your own device (BYOD) schemes, equipping students with netbooks and tablet computers, and lessons that use social media & online services.
21st Century Education
This video was produced by the New Brunswick Department of Education to stimulate discussion among educators and other stakeholders in public education in the province of New Brunswick. The 21st Century presents unique challenges for education worldwide. In order to keep pace with global change we must focus on 21st Century Skills and public education must adapt to keep students engaged. Rigor and relevance are key,
Everyone everywhere is talking about the 21st Century Classroom. I want to share some ideas about what the term “21st Century Classroom” means to me, and how technology ties into one.
I found these articles engaging while considering the role of technology in the 21st Century Classroom:
Thomas Hanson discusses Alfie Kohn’s Modern/Positive approach to the classroom (learn more about that at What to Look for in a Classroom). Kohn’s approach, established in the 1990s, wasn’t widely accepted until recently. Hanson thinks that technology is the driving force behind the adoption of the Kohn approach, and that “it is now clear that the Kohn approach is one that should have been employed long ago”. What do you think?
Content is a part of what they need to know. Standardized tests test content knowledge and some skills. There are huge debates raging over standardized testing, curriculum, and the like. But what it is that students really need to know for the future. Hint: it isn’t all content.
By Royan Lee
21st Century Learning? Ya, I don’t really know what it means anymore either. But we forget that some people really don’t know what it means. I mish-mashed this video together for those amazing stakeholders you know who have yet to be charmed by Ken Robinson’s accent. Show it at your staff meetings, parent council meetings, and such.
“These kids today with their wired lives and unique learning styles! Back in the 20th century, by god, schools were lucky to have just one computer — in fact, the personal computer wasn’t even INVENTED during a significant chunk of the era. And nowadays, college kids are even earning their entire degrees on the Internet. Some of ‘em don’t even see their teachers in person! Sigh. It’s getting to the point now that teachers have to actually learn something new to reach and engage these young whippersnappers. No more reading, writing and ‘rithmatic with nothing but pencils, paper and a shoe with one hole in it. Now little Muffin and Junior have their own laptops and might even collaborate with kids in different countries if they feel like it.
Some of these skills, of course, are holdovers from the 20th century which have grown more refined or essential as the calendar clicked. But education professionals still tout them as desirable — if not outright necessary — components of contemporary classrooms. Probably more so than any other era of academic history. So they’re “new” when it comes to importance, if not concept.”
I think we can agree that Technology is a huge part of 21st Century learning. Do you have all the tech skills and savvy of a 21st Century teacher? Take a look at the eBook “21 Signs you’re a 21st Century Teacher” and find out if you’ve brought your classroom into the 21st Century.
They asked members of their own Personal Learning Network (PLN) for help, and this is the list we came up with.
You may be a 21st Century teacher if:
- Your students work on collaborative projects…with students in Australia.
- You prepare substitutes with detailed directions…via Podcasts.
- You have your morning coffee…while checking your RSS feed.
- an so on
Download your free copy of our eBook, “21 Signs you’re a 21st Century Teacher” to find out the other 19 signs that you’re a 21st Century teacher now.
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by Lisa of Simple K12
Are you a 21st Century Teacher?
1. You require your students to use a variety of sources for their research projects…and they cite blogs, podcasts, and interviews they’ve conducted via Skype.
2. Your students work on collaborative projects…with students in Australia.
3. You give weekly class updates to parents…via your blog.
4. Your students participate in class…by tweeting their questions and comments.
5. You ask your students to study and create reports on a controversial topic…and you grade their video submissions.
6. You prepare substitutes with detailed directions…via Podcasts.
7. You ask your students to do a character/historical person study…and they create mock social media profiles of their character.
8. Your students create a study guide…working together on a group wiki.
9. You share lesson plans with your teacher friends…from around the globe.
10. Your classroom budget is tight…but it doesn’t matter because there are so many free resources on the web you can use.
11. You realize the importance of professional development…and you read blogs, join online communities, and tweet for self development.
12. You take your students on a field trip to the Great Wall of China…and never leave your classroom.
13. Your students share stories of their summer vacation…through an online photo repository.
14. You visit the Louvre with your students…and don’t spend a dime.
15. You teach your students not to be bullies…or cyberbullies.
16. You make your students turn in their cell phones before class starts…because you plan on using them in class.
17. You require your students to summarize a recent chapter…and submit it to you via a text message.
18. You showcase your students’ original work…to the world.
19. You have your morning coffee…while checking your RSS feed.
20. You are reading this.
21. You tweet this page, blog about it, “like” it, or email it to someone else…
This is a great list Lisa has put together, so do you have anything to add?
Examples of Student Innovation
As educators focusing on 21st Century Learning, it is important that we are able to share examples of powerful student work that we can share with educators around the world. It is important that we have this opportunity to not only talk about how we can empower students, but as examples of how this has ALREADY affected student learning.
This wiki was inspired (as many things are) by a student that did a phenomenal job on discussing her PLN that was shared numerous times on Twitter
Jerry Blumengarten or Cybraryman1 has created a an amazing website dedicated to new teachers. Check it out here. But, for any teacher, new or experienced who is ready to begin learning about how to harness technology as a teaching and learning tool should also check out his new e-book, The Beginner’s Guide to 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
“The Beginner’s Guide to 21st Century Teaching and Learning, designed for the digital immigrant, will answer these and many more of your questions, hesitations and fears surrounding integrating the internet and technology into your curriculum. It serves as a technology handbook for teachers ready to harness technology as a teaching and learning tool.
Web-based instructional activities have an enormous potential to enhance and entice learning. However, integrating the internet into your curriculum in a way that has a positive impact on students’ learning can seem like a daunting process. This e-book is meant to serve as a starting point for 21st century teaching and learning. It, like 21st century teaching and learning, will continue to evolve. Check back regularly for updates and new volumes.”
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DetailsI am a faculty member and the Education Technology Integration Coordinator for the College of Education at KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. To learn more, click on About Cyndi. Check out my website: http://theedtechplace.info.
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