Outcomes of Navigator Confernece
This is a powerful conversation! How did this inform the standards revision movement? Were some of the same people involved? How can we continue this conversation and reignite this flame to continue the movement forward?
Dec 17 2009, 11:46 AM EST by
Transparency in Education
As a Teacher I see myself first as a learner and then as a facilitator. This year, as I have immersed myself in 21st Century Learning and tools, this term "transparency" has a new meaning. In the last two News posts, we have people talking about transparency...Joyce Valencia describes, and I agree, how she has embraced this new 21st Century habit of mind "I've welcomed the ability to reflect out loud, to join the discussion, to contribute." Web 2.0 tools such as this wiki invite us to reflect out loud, join the discussion, and contribute...We can all learn so much when we all can embrace this mentality...but it is hard...
The flip side of this is in using Web 2.0 tools with our students. Helping them open to putting their ideas in progress out there for others to see. If we can help them to do this it offers us their teachers a window into their mind's eye and thinking. In this way these tools and this habit of mind can grow into a wonderful assessment of thinking and learning, if we open to it.
Have you embraced it? What is hard about it? What barriers are you finding with throwing your ideas out there? How can we help ourselves to join in this greater conversation and connect? How can we provide our students with environments and experiences that open to thinking in progress?
Apr 26 2009, 4:03 PM EDT by
Should students be ready for college at 16?
Here's an interesting and contorversial idea featured in Time this week; some states are redesigning their k-12 systems to allow students more flexibility regarding Community College and Tech school enrollment by meeting certain acheivement goals after their sophmore year. Students who want to attend 4 year colleges would stay 2 more years to prep. The recommendations are based on the Tough Choices or Tough Times report. See http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1857336,00.html?imw=Y
I like some of the ideas in the article but there are certainly come concerns about tracking and opportunities for all students. Read it and let's hear what you think. Greg
Nov 8 2008, 10:29 AM EST by
Public Policy- Outcomes from Navigator
These thoughts originated from Navigator participants. What does it all mean for policymakers and stakeholders? The topics include: Assessments Capital Construction Revising Content Standards Why Seat Time? Assessments (CSAP/NC
Dec 17 2009, 11:45 AM EST by
Listening in on the creation of an action plan is helpful
This conversation is WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for including your process here. I think it is so very important for people to see the important viewpoints that are brought to the table in this decision making process. It shows the intent of group members as well as perspective, and focus and offers an eye into the "why" are you doing this. Creating an action plan is a powerful outcome but listening to the conversation that led to that outcome is important for learners, teachers, people interested in this type of learning, and provides a model for other conversations to follow.
Considering this makes me wonder...When we ask our students to create a product (action plan) from learning, maybe we should have them document their conversation in this way. That way, like looking at the work of a complex math problem, we can see and share the inner workings of making an important decision. It would be a valuable assessment tool to know how they collaborated on the decision, who weighed in with what information....Some may ask...how could we do this? One way would be to tape record the conversation and teach them to transcribe... How was this conversation captured? Do others think this would be a useful assessment for analyzing our students choices, collaborative efforts, and decision making strategies?
Sep 14 2008, 5:30 PM EDT by
Online Learning Standards
Colorado Online Learning recently updated its Quality Assurance Process to include a section on 21st Century Skills in its course review instrument. This is aligned with the national online learning standards set by North American Council for Online Learning.
21st CENTURY SKILLS
1. Course instruction, content and assignments provide opportunities for students to take responsibility and initiative for their learning as self-directed learners. [Definition: Course affords students the opportunity and encouragement to monitor their own understanding and needs, utilize time efficiently and manage workload.]
2. Course instruction, content and assignments promote the acquisition of information management skills. [Definition:
Including the abilities to gather, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information. Uses technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, may address the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information.]
3. Course instruction, content and assignments encourage adaptability so that students learn thrive in the context of rapid change. [Definition: Afford students opportunities to adapt to varied roles and responsibilities, and work effectively in an environment where change occurs rapidly; students increase their comfort level with ambiguity.]
Aug 19 2008, 2:45 AM EDT by DixieGood
Find out what your colleagues are doing under the 21st century teaching and learning banner. Curriculum Teaching Practice Instructional Design Assessment Professional Development Culture & Co
Dec 20 2009, 10:50 AM EST by