I found this article on the website Education Week and it discussed 21st Century Learning. What makes this particular article unique is it draws upon different credible sources to get an idea of how they are viewing this type of learning. Some of the people that share their opinions are:
Founder and CEO, Center for Teaching Quality
Sarah Brown Wessling
2010 National Teacher of the Year
Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Founder, Classroom 2.0; Social Learning Consultant, Elluminate
Clearly all of these people can be seen as excellent sources for commenting on this subject. They all have strong positions in one way or another within the education community. As a student preparing to go into the classroom, I am more likely to trust what they have to say because they have the experience to back up their points. Really a great article, take a look and feel free to leave some comments on what you thought.
When creating lesson plans, it is key to incorporate different skills in which students will be able to use outside of the classroom as well as throughout the lesson. This website that I found discusses all of the different definitions, tips, and frameworks for incorporating 21st century skills into your projects and lessons. Take a look at this website, it is a fantastic resource!!
I found this website that explains how to teach global awareness through different arts and crafts. I remember completing different assignments in art to represent different cultures holidays and how they celebrated their seasons. Not only are teachers applying project-based learning, but also spreading awareness of different backgrounds as well.
I was able to locate another source from EDUtopia in regards to Project-Based Learning. This page provides different workshop activities for educators to help them better understand how to teach PBL and provides many different case study videos. Lastly, there are professional papers written by different educators sharing their experiences with the teaching style and what benefits there were. The amount of information provided is a little overwhelming, but if viewed piece by piece, it will surely help you in the classroom.
Great page that explains seven different essentials for teaching Project-Based Learning!
1. A Need to Know
2. A Driving Question
3. Student Voice and Choice
4. 21st Century Skills
5. Inquiry and Innovation
6. Feedback and Revision
7. A Publicly Presented Product
Also take a look at this website I posted above. I found it on Educators PLN and I had no idea some of these technologies even existed. There is even a student friendly blog site for classroom use that I found to be pretty cool. I can definitely see myself utilizing these tools when I have my own classroom!