Getting Started! The big picture.

The rate of publication of information.

How is information being shared at this very moment?

Videos: So what skills do our students need? In what kind of world will they be living and working?

And what can schooling offer this world? Will schooling, as we know it, prepare students for the world of work they will be entering?

1. Dan Brown: An Open Letter to Educators

Discuss. If the value of information has changed, and the purpose of schooling is no longer providing information, what is the purpose of school?

2. Sir Ken Robinson: Building a Culture of Innovation

Sir Ken Robinson: Building a Culture of Innovation from AERO - Education Revolution on Vimeo.

Discuss: Why is innovation vital for today's students and our society? What is the role of the teacher in helping students become innovators?

3. Sir Ken Robinson: Collaboration in the 21st Century

1, What are the roles of collaboration and creativity in today's society?
2. How can schools foster collaboration and creativity?

4. Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner at TEDxNYED

5. Neal on a differently motivated generation
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Discuss. So if the upcoming generation wants to do what matters, what is valued, and wants to make a difference, how do we foster and honor that during the learning process?

6. Alonzo on innovation, passion, and purpose
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7. Kids still need limits
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Discuss. So how can the teacher set limits and guide discovery and risk taking?

7. Did You Know 4.0 was released in fall 2009.

1. How has information changed over the past 5-10 years?
2. What can we do with information now that we couldn't do before?
3. This video overview the convergence of hardware, software, access to information, and creation of content. For the family - so what? For the school - so what? For the teacher - so what? For the student - so what?
4. How are relationships impacted/cultivated today?

8. A Vision of Students Today
Pre-viewing questions:
What paradigms are shifting for education today?
What are some things we assume about schooling? What things do we do with regard to education because "that's the way we have always done it'?

A Vision of Students Today

Started as a vision of students in one classroom in Kansas; four years later, Michael Wesch made a call for a Vision of Students Today 2011, asking for submissions from around the world. Here is a collection of videos tagged VOST2011 and Michael Wesch's thoughts on the latest project.

Publications for further reading

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky
Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
Disrupting Class: How disruptive innovation will change the way the world learns by Clay Christensen
World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students by Yong Zhao
Why School? by Will Richardson

Drivers in Education: The push toward creativity and problem solving


1. Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Many content areas have created Skills Maps related to the 21st Century Skills above, such as the ACTFL World Languages 21st Century Skills Map - a partnership between ACTFL and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. There is a story behind the 4 Cs of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

2. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)iste.jpg

National Educational Technology Standards for Students, Teachers, and Administrators

3. National Educational Technology Plan 2010


From the Executive Summary:
Learning: Engage and Empower
The model of learning described in this plan calls for engaging and empowering learning
experiences for all learners. The model asks that we focus what and how we teach to match what people need to know, how they learn, where and when they will learn, and who needs to learn. It brings state-of-the art technology into learning to enable, motivate, and inspire all students, regardless of background, languages, or disabilities, to achieve. It leverages the power of technology to provide personalized learning and to enable continuous and lifelong learning.


4. Common Core State Standards

Broadly adopted by the majority of states, there are critical literacy components across the content areas. Take a look at the ELA Anchor Standards and these ELA Curriculum Maps.

Going Beyond.
What are big thinkers thinking about with regard to technology and education? The Mobile Learning Institute’s film series “A 21st Century Education” profiles individuals who embrace and defend fresh approaches to learning and who confront the urgent social challenges that are part of a 21st century experience.

Thinking Skills

Bloomin' Blooms

Discuss: How do the activities and products below intersect with the National Standards for your content area? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the ideas below as part of formative and summative assessments?


On the American Psychological Association website there is a brief article about Bloom’s taxonomy. The website briefly discusses the original Bloom’s as well as recent iterations of the past 8 years.

Can you identify how the activities and products of the Cognitive Taxonomy Circle relate to the three modes of communication? Can the products above go across the different modes? Can they be used in assessment (both formative and summative)?

And many of today's Web 2.0 environments encourage participation, customization, and communication. The evolution of Web 2.0 environments fundamentally changed how we interact with information.

Thinking of using web-based projects in teaching and learning?

Learning considerations
  • How will this help students show what they know and can do?
  • How will meaning be negotiated and constructed?
  • How is this personalized and differentiated?
  • How will feedback be provided?
  • How is information being synthesized, evaluated, analyzed?
  • How does this fit with the rest of the unit of study?
  • Where am I providing the jump start of resources and references?
  • Have we developed a rubric for evaluating? Is there a model?

Technical considerations
  • Do students need an account?
  • Where will the final product be published?
  • How will the final product be shared?
  • How will feedback be provided?
  • Is the use of the content ethical?
  • Are all technical pieces in place - headphones, websites cleared through firewall, etc.)
  • Complies with your district's policy on student publishing and internet use?

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