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21st Century Teaching Challenges
As mentioned throughout this site, we are well aware of the necessity to help students develop essential 21st Century Learning Skills; this site was created with the "HOW" in mind. Those of us who are teaching in the 21st Century are finding that the "HOW" truly is quite a challenge. You may be experiencing a similar feeling.
Please share your challenges and share your thoughts on the challenges of others. Through this, we can hope to find ideas and suggestions that help us in our quest to provide students with the best that we have to offer.
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|RangerMel||Flexible, global information managers||4||Oct 27 2008, 9:51 AM EDT by drtorres|
Thread started: Oct 12 2008, 5:25 PM EDT Watch
As I look at our graphic on the home page (21stg century learning characteristics), these are the traits that stand out as being the most challenging to incorporate in today's classroom environment: FLEXIBLE GLOBAL INFORMATION MANAGERS
Technology aside, our world now moves in a non-linear fashion that overlaps and boundaries are difficult to ascertain or establish. With so many new information sources, from all over the world, it seems to overwhelm.
I remember working with my students to pick an area where they wanted to expand their interior design skills and first put together some historical and modern examples of, say, funeral home design. This was to serve as "market research" so they could see where their design niche began and what was currently happening in the field. Because we had no hard-copy resources, the internet was our library. I was astonished at the range of research I received: some had very comprehensive examples, forming a timeline of their design area; others had incredibly generic, non useful examples that barely represented their niche. I was, at first, inclined to say that some of my students weren't terrilby invested but I wanted to see what was going on...
Turns out, some of my lesser-acheiving students were actually completely overwhelmed by internet research. They didn't know how to do sophisticated searches, let alone discern good example or good website from poor. If their area was obscure and they didn't find an immediate google response, they would quickly become discouraged and stop working. If the area was too broad, they picked the sites on the first page without following up or looking deeper. It's almost like they expected the info to be just handed to them by the magical computer screen! To me, their inability to be flexible/global information managers got in the way of being able to complete the design project and this was very frustrating.
|drtorres||A 21st Century Learning Experiment||11||Oct 12 2008, 5:32 PM EDT by RangerMel|
Thread started: Sep 16 2008, 12:42 AM EDT Watch
As a technolgy teacher, I wanted to challenge myself and my students in ways that I never have before. This school year, rather than focusing on learning the technology, I wanted to focus on using the technology for learning. To allow for this, we have not spent any classtime learning any specific software or hardware this quarter, but rather, have spent time on learning how to learn the tools that the students may need to complete their projects. I have provided a variety of books, job aids, Internet Resources, and expert contacts (emails and such), for all of the software and hardware in our building that students may need to use. The students began their quarter-long project by selecting an issue/problem/topic of interest to them and continued on by planning and researching and are now in the design and development stages. I have modeled each step along the way, including the critical thinking skills, the inquiry, the collaboration, and much more as if I were doing a project of my own. I have not hovered over them much, but rather coached them as they have needed it along the way. They complete project journals reflecting on their experiences, and they also complete a self-evaluation every two weeks that asks them to evaluate the skills that they feel they have acquired or at least have become familiar with throughout their project. I have faced many challenges through this experiment and here are a couple of questions that have occured to me along the way:
1. Is it possible to really "teach" 21st Century Learning Skills, or do we just continue to model, coach, and provide opportunities for the students to develop them?
2. If it is possible, what are strategies and ideas to teach them in a way that allow students to acquire and apply them to their learning in all contexts?
3. Are there common 21st century learning skills assessments/rubrics to support this type of learning?
I am looking forward to responses!
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