Technology and 21st Century Learning

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PART I: SUM-UP FOR ABOUT.ME PAGE AND BLOGGING

You have interacted with about half of the class during the speed dating activity.  Now I want you to choose a good About.Me page that you think it represents a good design and show what kind of person he/she is from the images and texts he/she uses.

Most of your blogs are already set-up.  If there is any issue or I might have a problem accessing it, I will let you know.

PART II: 21ST CENTURY LEARNING

How will you define 21st century learning?  You have completed a reflection on your personal learning experiences and read an article about meaningful learning with technology.  Also, you probably have read the two pages of 21st century skills.  If you haven’t read the two-page summary, let’s watch the first video- critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving together.

 

 

The second video talks about communication, collaboration, listening, and information literacy.  The teachers address these issue in a very nice way.  I strongly recommend you to watch it on your own.

 

 

 

Do you find anything interesting to you?  Do you find any similarities between what you read and your personal experiences?

Here are some definitions about 21st century learning from some experts.

Barnett Berry, Founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality
“Twenty-first-century learning means that students master content while producing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from a wide variety of subjects and sources with an understanding of and respect for diverse cultures. Students demonstrate the three Rs, but also the three Cs: creativity, communication, and collaboration. They demonstrate digital literacy as well as civic responsibility. Virtual tools and open-source software create borderless learning territories for students of all ages, anytime and anywhere.”

Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education
Success in the 21st century requires knowing how to learn. Students today will likely have several careers in their lifetime. They must develop strong critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills in order to be successful in an increasingly fluid, interconnected, and complex world. Technology allows for 24/7 access to information, constant social interaction, and easily created and shared digital content.”

Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year
“Twenty-first-century learning embodies an approach to teaching that marries content to skill.”

(October 11, 2010) How Do You Define 21st Century Learning? Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2010/10/12/01panel.h04.html

PART III: VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY IN 21ST CENTURY

After reading the meaningful learning with technology chapter and these short definitions, I want to challenge you more now.  You can see a lot of craft materials on each table.  Try to use these craft materials to create a visual representation of what you wrote or what you believe about technology in 21st century learning.  It can be a technology tool that you use, it can be some concepts that you believe, or it can be an adjective that you use to describe technology…etc.  Use your creativity!

Now, let’s share what you created at your tables.

PART IV: WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT 21ST CENTURY LEARNING?

I want to separate you into two groups.  Each group will watch one video.  Then each group needs to create a wordle image to summarize what they have learned from the video.

Group I Video: 21st Century Learners

 

 

Group II Video: Re-imagining Learning in the 21st Century

 

 

FOR THURSDAY:

COULD

  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.
  • Watch the video “Is School Enough?” published by PBS in Sep. 2013. The reflection will be due on Feb.11.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website IF YOU WANT THE BONUS POINTS.  We will talk about this on Thursday.

SHOULD

  • Start to think about some questions/ issues/ topics that you are interested in knowing more about learning, design, and technology.
  • Try to find one or two new technology tool(s) and play with them.  This will lead you to our next project- Web 2.0 Tool Presentation.

MUST

  • Work on commenting your partner’s blog post once we get their blog links.

 

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