How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?

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:

  • Barnett Berry
    Founder and CEO, Center for Teaching Quality

  • Sarah Brown Wessling
    2010 National Teacher of the Year

  • Karen Cator
    Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education


  • Steve Hargadon
    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.

 

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Teaching Global Awareness with Arts

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.

Project-Based Learning Workshop Activities

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.

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

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

Digital Portfolio for Students

One of my classmates posted this article. I think a student portfolio is such a great idea for any classroom. Not only is it a choice-rich project based on the fact that the students get to choose what goes into their portfolio, but it is long term. It allows children to look at their overall growth as a student in a years time and that can be very motivating for any child! Also it allows students to remember important information they learned because they can relate it back to a project they took part in. Great article. Thanks for posting it!

Problem and Project Based Learning Activities

I discovered this link which provides different ideas centered around project-based learning. A website such as this is a great tool for teachers to build ideas for their classroom instruction. There are examples of projects that span over many different subjects. Each example provides essential questions along with different benchmarks for each project. Definitely a tool that can be taken into the classroom.