The 21st Century Classroom Today’s Meet Room With Some Good Resources - http://todaysmeet.

com/21stcfluencies Practical Set-Up -students start with a question - more learning centres - less teacher-directed - small groups with essential learning - active learning - stop “doing” education to students - moving towards inquiry - essential learning by developmental levels rather than grades - students involved in their own assessment and goal setting - linking to the global community with real-life projects - helping students develop their own unique talents, interests - social justice - critical thinking strategies - students should be provided options as to how they show their learning - are students always clear on why they are learning what he are learning? - nurture creativity (Ken Robinson) - lots of talk - building community - free Time projects...time to learn about students and their passions....time to provide feedback - integrated “projects” - movement from classroom/school to classroom/school - if another classroom/school has some knowledge someone is interested in getting - community involvement - field trips and visitors in - connections - flexibility to choose what the student wants - We don’t have to do it the same way all the time - Letting go is okay of the control by the teacher - multi tasking - groupings look different - work stations - Still need for group work - does not have to be all about the technology - Collaboration - Being able to post in Google docs and be able to collaborate - soft walls, bring world in - Flexible. Changing. Shifting. Choice. - teaching/modeling digital footprint - inquiry driven - problem-base learning - teacher learning along with the kids - group problem-solving and collaboration - shared on wikis, blogs, google docs, through videos, digital storytelling, etc. - integration/cross-curricular projects - passion-based learning - time to pursue projects of interest - access to a variety of tools and devices that suit the purpose of the assignment - learning from mistakes and making adjustments and improvements - teaching skills rather than subjects (cross-curricular learning) - student-driven curriculum, more student choice

Demonstration Of Learning - how will we know we are successful??? Portfolios; students “proving” they have mastered whatever it is that has been taught - how do we ensure all modalities are shown rather than just the written test? - if we move away from grades to more of a developmental learning... what happens to social esteem? (e.g., if an older student is ‘stuck’ learning math with some younger students) Assessment Of Learning - taking pictures and uploading the pics to comment on later - students are taking pictures some teaching involved in where and when to use the camera (photographs used as assessment data) - developmental report card - get rid of grades - work with students where they are - digital portfolios to show student work - assessment for learning - what do you know right now? where would you go next? - putting the ownership of learning back on students - could teachers offer different “courses” where kids could sign-up? - why subject- oriented? could we expand this to include various “subjects”? - trust that students will learn what they need to learn when they need to learn it!! (Sudbury Valley model of schooling www.sudburyvalley.com *t Sudbury Valley School, students from preschool through high school age explore the world freely, at their own pace and in their own unique ways. They learn to think for themselves, and learn to use Information Age tools to unearth the knowledge they need from multiple sources. They develop the ability to make clear logical arguments, and deal with complex ethical issues. Through self-initiated activities, they pick up the basics; as they direct their lives, they take responsibility for outcomes, set priorities, allocate resources, and work with others in a vibrant community.

The Tools and Resources: -ways to record: -camera, -livescribe -blogging -ipad, iphone camera -flip camera - on the way out -pencil and paper -use of old school tools - is necessary sometimes and some student like them -Bring people in the classroom through Skype - guest speakers, experts, authors -Get rid of desks - use work areas, tables -Minimize paper -Get rid of textbooks -Choice of devices for student use - Livescribe, ipad, ipod, laptops -stop buying new ‘literacy packages’ -Library use - should be used more - virtual library and making connections between the two

-Teach kids how to use resources, cite them, attribution -Teach the etiquette of social media and social networking Broader Thoughts: FSL - ESL - good for all learners communication with parents will look different - will be more indepth, clearer, more frequent, teach the students to use the technology - to have the students upload - teacher makes the choice to have them do the uploading, the work etc. set them up for success to complete their activity messy and louder is okay the future classroom is project based perhaps, not necessarily grade groups, plugged in and online, teacher’s not the main source of information motivated by need as opposed to being told allow students to rise to the occasions that are provided to them not only having a voice, but allowing them to use it language will change - different levels of language are appropriate for different purposes awareness of these differences role of the teacher changes - are we supportive of each other and how can we support each other in our journey - shift away from the competitive atmosphere of teachers - change of mindset student validation - let them show the teachers how to use it - confidence they do great things if we trust them to try - coaching them, teaching them to be autonomous lots of collaboration, know WHY we do what we do helps us to make the decision as to how we respond to our students fluid classrooms - teaching community more collaboration and communication between schools moving away from text-driven approach incorporating the universal design concept - eg. frequent breaks, physical activity, differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, etc. hands-on learning drama MORE MUSIC and creative subjects - more of the arts use the available resources around us A Little Bit Of Everything http://shme.co/p4rXRz - One group used ShowMe to record their thoughts using audio and drawings. Their recording includes a little bit of everything. http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage? sid=p5hS8KhGcBRZ - This group wrote their notes on the Livescribe Pen. Poster of the 21st Century Educator By Peter Reynolds http://fablevisionlearning.com/posters/21st_century_educator.pdf

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