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Read an excerpt from Kathy Cassidy’s new book about global learning in the primary grades In her new book Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades , primary teacher Kathy Cassidy makes a compelling case for connecting our youngest students to the world, using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies. (Watch a video and read an excerpt from Chapter 1 below.) The 120-page eBook — published today — is the first in a series of solo-author works developed by Powerful Learning Press to support teachers and school leaders as they make the shift to digitally infused, inquiry-driven teaching and learning, fueled by students’ own passions and creative interests. Kathy’s well-balanced text presents both the rationale for connecting students “from the start” and the how-to details and examples teachers need to involve children in grades K-3 in using blogs, Twitter, Skype and other social media to become true global learners.
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry (3) by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin. Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment.
Back in February, a local Swedish newspaper reported that the Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna planned to transition entirely away from textbooks to tablet PCs by 2013. In a familiar argument, Sollentuna ed leaders argued that their schools should embrace technology–that they were in, in fact, in the ‘backwater’ compared to others. Insecurity The evolution of anything depends on (sometimes unequal parts) emotion and logic.
It’s the start of the school year and we are organizing planning times. Collaborative planning is one of the things I like best about the PYP . A team of teachers gathers to plan the big ideas and key learning experiences for a coming unit of inquiry. There are usually at least six participants; the grade level teachers, ICT facilitator and librarian.
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Update on 01/04/2012: We have just published a free ebook for our readers. This ebook has all the skills mentioned below and many more facts about both the 21st century skills students and teachers need to have and not only teachers. Here is the ebook. Feel Free to download and share it The 21st Century Skills Teachers and Students Need to Have - Technology advancements have touched every facet of life including education.
June 23, 2010 by tomwhitby When Shelly Terrell and I first discussed the idea that spawned #Edchat neither of us had any idea what it would become. It started as a place to begin, conduct and record some thought-provoking discussions about topics in education that we had an interest to discuss. We created the hashtag, #Edchat, selected a time, contacted Steve Anderson for techy help, and we were off and running.
Casting aside the limitations of physical space and time, social networking on the Internet expands the possibilities for teachers to take control of their learning and to push beyond the borders of the classroom, the school and the district’s annual professional development conferences. Online professional learning networks focus on a particular interest and invite discussions with like-minded people. These defined networks expand the concept of communities of continuous inquiry and improvement that flourished in schools in the early 1990s. Though many of these networks do hold specific discussions at a preset hour, much of the dialogue does not occur at the same time. The networks harness the power of collective intelligence and diverse educational viewpoints. Teachers in farflung locations can come together to discuss issues.