21st Century Skills: watch this movie Shift Happens/Did You Know 2.0? to start a conversation about 21st Century Skills.

Some New interesting videos that will help students understand a flat classroom:

Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Social Networking in Plain English

Wikis in Plain English

http://www.rmcdenver.com/useguide/pbl.htm Students today are using online resources to create research reports. They are designing, critiquing, and presenting products using interactive technologies. This web page lists some guidelines and criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of problem- and project-based learning in your classroom.

http://www.samford.edu/ctls/pbl_background.html Samford University in Alabama explains the origins and characteristics of problem based learning. Interesting site.

21st century skills
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Interesting links:



http://supportblogging.com/Links to School Bloggers SupportBlogging! has been set up to provide an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, parents, and others to help promote an understanding of the benefits of educational blogging.

"Educational Blogging" is a very positive, transformational technology that is often confused with the use of "Social Networking" sites like MySpace.com. While there are similarities in the web technologies used for blogging and social networking, they serve different purposes. The current backlash against social networking sites has the potential to overshadow the benefits of educational blogging. Hopefully, this site will provide materials for decision-makers as they determine policies for their schools and districts that would impact the use of educational blogging or might potentially restrict access to sites that provide blogging services.

Interdisciplinary (21st century) skills:

  • Higher order thinking and writing skills.
  • Digital detectives: we need you to embrace 21st century literacy; we will probably be creating assessments that require web pages and other multimedia documents.
  • We also need students to be aware of how to research the internet for this topic. For examples, what criteria should we use for checking web pages critically? The agreed upon answers will help us make a guide for annotations.
  • Check out these other links that host ideas about 21st century student skills:
  • 21st Century Schools: http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/. This page also has some good links about authentic project based learning. We see this class as such a project for students and teachers to learn more about the nature of pandemics. Eventually we want to share what we learn with our community at a chapel program; given the importance of our topic, we see this as a meaningful service to the community. (http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/Project-Based-Learning.htm) This page's latest link includes ideas about service learning:http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/Service_Learning.htm. This page on Critical Pedagogy also has some interesting resources for teachers and students. Read it to see how your concept of school can be turned upside; read more if you want to reconsider the notion "of the teacher as the authoritarian giver of knowledge and the student as the passive receiver."(http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/What_is_Critical_Pedagogy.htm)
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills: http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/index.php
  • The Center for 21st Century Skills: http://skills21.org/
  • The 21st Century Learning Initiative: http://www.21learn.org/
  • If we want to use essential questions to guide our curriculum, we can use this page to help us consider what ingredients of a good essential question. http://www.essentialschools.org/cs/resources/view/ces_res/137

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