Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
21st century skills are the technology or digital skills needed to survive in the 21st century. After reading the book I discovered this may be different for each individual according to your current age if you are a elementary student you are a “digital native” or “net gener” if you are my age you are a “digital immigrant” according to the book (p. 27). I discovered one thing as a “digital immigrant” I love technology and what it can do for my students. As far as students are concerned they are digital natives who need to learn the technology tools and resources in order to survive and thrive in the 21st century. According to the book (p. 142) technology provides great benefits for students especially when it is integrated seamlessly with rich learning content. I can reflect on this concept in my own classroom where I integrate technology in my reading and math blocks daily (and currently I am experimenting in science daily). Do I feel that the students benefit? Yes!
Another important concept of 21st learning skills is the concept of lifelong learning. I think that this quote expresses the need for this “Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a person for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.” – Peter Drucker (p.151). Because of the constant changing technology and the new technology tools available as a teacher I must prepare my students to be cooperative, problem solving, and strong in leadership skills. I want them to be able to develop the skills to be dependent, independent, and interdependent individuals. They must also be able to be global citizens. I feel the first steps toward this are to embrace opportunities in the classroom to collaborate on projects with students around the globe. I feel these are the keys to the students in becoming members of a 21st century learning community.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Basically the retooling or schools or the structuring of five important support systems that need to work together efficiently in schools consist of: 1. Standards 2. Assessments 3. Curriculum and instruction 4. Professional Development and 5. Learning environments (p. 119). In the 21st century standards will emphasize "what students should be able to do with this content". Assessments that are suggested for the 21st century include: Extended student essays, Observation rubrics on a teacher's handheld device, Online instant polls, quizzes, voting, and blog commentaries, Progress tracking on solving online simulation challenges and design problems, Portfolio evaluations on project work, Expert evaluations on ongoing internship and service work in the community (p. 134). I was drawn to this quote by Lauren and Daniel Resnick, "The problem is not that teachers teach to the test, but that teachers need tests worth teaching to" (p. 130). Hopefully in the 21st century we can move away from "teaching to the test".
It is suggested in the book that in the 21st century for curriculum and instruction that as teachers we move away from direct instruction to more inquiry based learning. It is suggested that 50% of instruction time in inquiry, design, and collaborative project learning and 50% for direct and traditional instruction (p. 135).
Teachers professional development in the 21st century will consist of training teachers to use technology and incorporate inquiry and collaborative projects in instruction in the classroom every day. Learning environments will support technology space and environments. It will also provide space for project work, group presentations, and labs for experiments (p. 140).
The final aspect of the chapter was the holistic (rainbow) model that puts the learner in the center of a larger community of learning support. This rainbow models depicts the student in the center with the next ring being peers, teachers, experts, and parents, followed by the whole learning environment that includes technologies, classroom, home, and community resource. The outer 2 rings consist of learning communities and learning societies. This would include the students national and international services that support the student's learning (p. 148). After reading this chapter I realize that we are definitely moving toward a more global learning community.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Our ever increasing age of technology forces us all to adapt to the new ways of communicating, learning, working and living. Technology helps develop independence as it is always available 24/7 but we must become self directed. Cross culture collaboration is possible giving students insight into how we are alike and yet different.
Technology allows us to divide work up among team members. Individuals can take projects utilizing their strengths to produce a creative outcome from the collaboration.
Our job is going to be a challenge to teach all students these 21st century skills along with the core subject areas to produce a well rounded individual.
I liked the quote, "Diversity is the one thing we all have in common". Isn't it great that we can glean knowledge from everyone elses strengths!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I chose this image from Flicker. This is what I hope for my 21st century students. Including – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - College, Workplace, and Life Skills – Information and Media Literacy – ICT Digital Literacy (Information and Communication Technologies) - Creativity and Innovation – Communication and Collaboration. Most of all it depicts all the digital knowledge and collaborative skills that is necessary for 21st students.
The reason I chose this book cover is it reminds me of looking at the world through our fingertips. Our world is changing ever so fastly through technology and the children have to know the technology skills to be part of our ever growing technological society. Hopefully by learning the technology skills, they will be ready for the world as they see it and have it at their fingertips.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The book cover on our 21st Century Book seems like it was chosen because it shows 2 children involved in doing something on the computer. They are so in to what they are doing that they did not even bother to look up when the picture was taken. How many children do not look at a camera when you are ready to take their picture? Usually they are ready with some sort of smile or performing some action! The future is in technology and we need to get on board if we do not want to be left behind the future generation!
Section One--Due October 28, Ann Anderson
Section Two--Due November 4, Deanne Cogdill
Section Three--Due November 11, Della Mader
Section Four--Due November 18, Lacy Foskett
Section Five--Due December 2, Deetta Terkildsen
Section Six--Due December 9, TBA