As part of our parent training we’re having teachers and ITRTs speak about powerful ways they’ve been able to use technology in support of 21st century skills. This is Ken Kellner’s comments on how using a wiki changed his classroom (6th grade history).
He does a good job and conveys a lot of excitement. If you see him jumping and twitching it’s because I edited like crazy to get the movie down to about a minute and a half. Deep breaths and dramatic pauses were not allowed.
It’s in TeacherTube as well.
We’ve been working a lot with 21st century skills and trying to figure out how to make them make sense to ourselves and to teachers in the classroom. It’s been interesting in some ways and incredibly frustrating as well. Here’s part one it’s late and it’s taking forever to write this in a readable form, I had planned on doing the whole thing tonight my best shot at explaining how both the rate and the way information is created and published changes what we need to teach our students. No doubt some of you will find this rather obvious and boring but it was meant to be presented to teachers as way to encourage reflection in a non-intimidating way and to get a conversation going. By the way, I tend to freestyle my presentations based on audience reaction and interest so the text is just a rough attempt at getting the gist of each slide. image source To get anywhere with intelligence you have to know two things. Where you are and where you want to go. Let’s take a minute and look at where we are when it comes to our world and information. Question to the audience- How has the way you have to deal with information changed in the last ten years? Talk to your partner, you’ve […]
The Machine Project, a gallery in LA, hosted the “24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project” last month. The group had a ton of cardboard and “building supplies”, did some research to figure out the layout of the city and pulled together all the images they could for modeling the buildings, put together a building schedule, and went to town. The results are inspiring. Imagine your class reconstructing a great city of civilization past, a series of chemical compounds, or some other seemingly insurmountable task that requires little skill, a good chunk of knowledge, and a great amount of energy and enthusiasm. BoingBoingTV Video Project Description monkyatomc’s flickr set (photo credit) selfconstruct’s flickr set
Reflective Friends This year we are going to every one of our secondary schools collecting data about 21st century skills (as we’ve defined them). We did this last year, but with only 3 schools. It was interesting then, it’s pretty wild now to see and do it at scale. We go into schools with an outside teamRight now we use our Dell contract PD days to hire outside consultants. I highly recommend Blanca Duarte, Amos Fodchuck, and Chris Dunning. They are good people. 20 45 minute observations using this google form based around our TIPC. Teachers know we are coming. They are supposed to do their best 21st century lesson. The rationale here is that we want to know if the county vision of 21st century skills is understood and if teachers can do it. It also removes any issues like “Oh, today’s my testing day . . . if you’d have been here yesterday . . . ” etc. Once we have widespread understanding and the ability to implement it, we can then start doing random visits to see if it is being implemented regularly. 2 interviews with separate groups of teachers 2 interviews with separate groups of students All this data is then consolidated and presented to the school’s leadership team (usually about a week after the observations). […]