Using 21st Century Tools to Teach Using 21st Century Tools to Teach 21st Century Skills21st Century Skills
2121stst Century Skills are… Century Skills are…Life saversLife savers
Allowing us to rediscover or recharge our Allowing us to rediscover or recharge our PASSIONPASSION about teaching!about teaching!
In the ocean of assessments, paperwork, and day to day routines…In the ocean of assessments, paperwork, and day to day routines…GREAT teachers must possess the GREAT teachers must possess the visionvision to see above the crest of turmoil to see above the crest of turmoil and mediocrity to see what and mediocrity to see what isis possible. possible.
Implementing 21Implementing 21stst Century Skills into your lessons will revitalize Century Skills into your lessons will revitalize YOURYOUR interest interest and your students’ interests!and your students’ interests!
Having “Passion for Teaching” Having “Passion for Teaching” is really more about what is really more about what YOUYOU get out of teaching. get out of teaching.
21st Century Learning:21st Century Learning:What does it involve?What does it involve?
1. Emphasize core subjects2. Emphasize learning skills3. Use 21st Century tools to develop learning skills
(computers, internet, other technology) 4. Teach and learn in a 21st Century context
(relevance to students’ life, authentic learning experiences, bring world into classroom, go out into the world)
5. Teach and learn 21st Century content6. Use 21st Century assessment that measures 21st
Century skills(classroom assessments and standardized tests)
Framework for 21st Century LearningFramework for 21st Century Learning
Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
Life and Career Skills
Learning and Innovation Skills
Information, Media and Technology Skills
Core SubjectsCore SubjectsEnglishReading/Lang ArtsWorld LanguagesArtsMathematicsEconomicsScienceGeographyHistoryGovernmentCivics
21st Century Themes(21st Century Content)
• Global Awareness• Financial, Economic,
Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy
• Civic Literacy• Health Literacy
Learning and Learning and Innovation SkillsInnovation Skills
Creativity and Innovation Skills (ISTE 1)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills (ISTE 4)
Communication and Collaboration Skills (ISTE 2)
Information, Media & Technology Skills
• Information Literacy (ISTE 3)
• Media Literacy• ICT Literacy (Information,
Communications, and Technology) ISTE 5 - Digital
ISTE 6 - Technology operations and concepts
Life and Career SkillsLife and Career SkillsFlexibility and AdaptabilityInitiative and Self DirectionSocial and Cross-Cultural
Possibilities for incorporating Possibilities for incorporating 21st Century Skills . . .21st Century Skills . . .
Project based learningSchool-wide projects where students
explore passionsInternshipsStudent driven action research
projectsAuthentic service learning Creative alignment of educatorsOther . . . .
Digital Story TellingDigital Story TellingPush your student’s creativity, writing, sequencing, and articulating a message with
digital story telling. (Windows MovieMaker and iMovie work great too.)
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.
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.
Online Video Hosts
BlogsBlogs Use as a newsletter
to communicate with families or as a forum for parent/student/teacher discussion on topics covered in class
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.
Blogs in Plain English
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.
Attach a podcast to your blog and ask for feedback. That’s real world!
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/Audacity Instructional videos http://asimov.coehs.uwosh.edu/~winterfe/audacity/
Web QuestsWeb Quests Inquiry, problem solving,
critical thinking are all promoted in high quality web quests.
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.
MapsMapsA 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!
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 Problem Solving/ Critical Thinking Lessons or ActivitiesLessons or Activities
PowerPoint repertoire …
•As a Web quest
•Inquiry based activity
•Real world examples for definitions of key terms
So I challenge you to…So I challenge you to… Go to my website and play with some of these Go to my website and play with some of these
programs AND use 1 in your class in January!programs AND use 1 in your class in January!
A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money.and makes far less money. "Doing the same thing over and over, yet "Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition expecting different results, is the definition of crazy."of crazy."
"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but "Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is the making something out of it after it is found."found."
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