Nurturing the 21st Century Classroom: Research, Exemplars, Resources
Emerging technologies, a globalized world, and a changing labor market demand innovative approaches to education. We'll examine empirical research on recent changes to the labor market -- research that sits at the core of the notion of "21st century" skills. We'll look at the most important roles that computers play in the classroom and, in particular, how technology can support essential skill areas: expert thinking, complex communication, and new media literacy. The presentation highlights innovative educational uses of the "Read-Write" Web and shows how teachers can use technology to empower students and facilitate creative, student-centric learning environments. It builds on research regarding effective professional development and shares models and resources to help teachers effectively integrate 21st century skills into their courses.
Developing School and District Cultures and Policies to Support 21st Century Learning
Schools and districts face similar challenges in navigating the emerging technologies that are transforming society: new technologies create new forums for relationships among teachers, students, parents, and administrator; students bring new personal technologies that can enhance or interrupt learning routines; new online learning tools offer unprecedented opportunities to develop personalized, student-centered learning environments but these new spaces come without established norms or policies. While policies are an essential tool for managing these changes, policies alone cannot keep up with the pace of innovation. Effective leaders who seek to nurture 21st Century learning environments, therefore, have to nurture school and district cultures that promote digital citizenship and conscientious innovation with new learning technologies. In this workshop will discuss how to develop school cultures where stakeholders share a vision of meaningful technology integration to support 21st Century learning. We’ll examine schools and districts that participate in a cycle of experiment and experience: where administrators provide structured support for new online ventures in order to develop an institutional capacity for technology integration. Then we’ll examine the specific policy strategies that can steer teachers and students towards safe, meaningful online learning.
Not Another Paper! Alternative Projects & Social Media
In the Digital Age the dominance of conventional, linear text of the last few centuries is eroding and giving way to multimodal communication, with a screen-based, non-linear, and visual emphasis. While strong conventional prose remains a critical component of effective communication, a literate 21st century global citizen can communicate effectively in multiple modalities and often combines varied media and messages. Join in reviewing alternative activities and projects using interactive technologies and see how online social media is empowering student-centered leaning. By the end of the session participants will be able to:
- Describe the qualities of effective alternative activities and assessment
- Explain how powerful activities emerge from effective prompts and questions
- Identify several Read/Write Web and Social Media tools that can be used to create alternative activities
- Construct a summative assessment process for evaluating Web 2.0 projects.
The session will focus on models for alternative online communication and collaboration using wikis, online social networks, Google Docs, storytelling animation, e-book creation and other technologies.
What does assessment look like in a Digital Age classroom of Web 2.0 integration and multimodal projects? How do we distinguish between higher-order thinking and and "bells-and-whistles?" In this session we will explore the role of a "logic model" and backward-design principles in developing effective Assessment 2.0 strategies. We will look at storyboarding techniques and rubrics that help establish a clear relationship between project goals and skill benchmarks. We will also focus on the critical role of formative assessments and timely intervention. Furthermore, we will also examine how a "2.0" assessment differ from a traditional assessment. A fundamental goal is to identify characteristics of effective assessments that link to and measure student mastery of worthwhile learning goals.
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