Nurturing the 21st Century Classroom
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.
Not Another Paper! Alternative Projects & Social Media
In the Digital Agethe 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. 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.
Digital storytelling, in the broadest sense, is about weaving together narrative, imagery, voice and music into media-rich presentations. Educators from various disciplines are using online tools to create engaging and powerful "digital stories" in their classroom. In this workshop we will look at the "Hows and Whys" of facilitating digital storytelling projects. We will look at examples of successful projects including identity narratives, oral histories, social issue documentaries, language activities, math and science demonstrations, and presentations of art and music. We will experience the process of creating a digital story through a hands-on exploration of the popular VoiceThread online digital storytelling platform. Finally we will look at ways teachers can evaluate these projects through process and product rubrics.