When Teaching Millennials, Learning Process and Interactivity Count a Lot - Independent Ideas Blog. Before the first day of school, I open up to my journalism and history students via my online class page by writing to them.
"I am here to help you succeed, and as much as I hope you look forward to learning from me, I'm equally excited to learn from you," I say. I use this intro to signal to them that while I am their teacher, I'm not the only source of knowledge — and at times, not even the best. Accordingly, I include a pledge to students that… I will always return their work within a reasonable amount of time.I will always provide extra help, and they are encouraged to visit me in the Writing Center. I will always do my best to make the learning relevant and engaging.I will always be fair in what I assign and how I assess it. I've found that my millennial students respond well to this approach in the classroom. I didn't always employ these positive behaviors. "Sally continues to be a quiet but welcome addition to American History class," I wrote of one former student. A Treasure Trove of Digital Citizenship Resources for Teachers. With the increasing use of internet by our kids comes the risks that, if not addressed appropriately, would make this use disastrous.
From online predators looming around waiting for their next victim to harassment and cyberbullying, these and several other issues are waiving a red flag for parents, teachers,and education stakeholders to take an immediate action and make digital citizenship an essential component in the curriculum. Kids need to be aware of these risks and should be taught on how to surf the net safely. There is a special section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning where I have aggregated a plethora of resources that teachers can use with their students to teach them about digital citizenship. And today I come across these wonderful resources compiled by Taryn Degnan from Common Sense Media.
Design Thinking for Educators. Curation as a tool for teaching and learning (with images) · hbailie. 9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning. The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including: –weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity –underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design –considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning Some educators seek out the ideal of a 21st century learning environment constantly, while others prefer that we lose the phrase altogether, insisting that learning hasn’t changed, and good learning looks the same whether it’s the 12th or 21st century.
At TeachThought, we tend towards the tech-infused model, but do spend time exploring the limits and challenges of technology, the impact of rapid technology change, and carefully considering important questions before diving in head-first. The size of the circles on the map are intended to convey priority. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment. 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment by Terry Heick For in-person professional development from TeachThought on how to create an effective learning environment in your classroom or school, contact us today.
Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity? By Erik Shonstrom Education Week. Published Online: June 3, 2014 Published in Print: June 4, 2014, as How Can We Foster Curiosity in the Classroom?
Commentary. Teaching for Understanding (Harvard GSE) Middle Grades Makers: Invent to Learn. A MiddleWeb Blog “We must reimagine middle school science and math not as a way to prepare students for high school, but as a place where students are inventors, scientists, and mathematicians today.”
So say Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager in this exciting guest article about the Maker Movement and its implications for kids, schools and STEM studies. Martinez and Stager are the authors of a must-read book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. In this informative post, they encourage STEM educators, school leaders and teachers across the curriculum to transform our classrooms into centers of innovative thinking and experimenting. ~ Anne Jolly Invent to Learn: Makers in the classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary S.
Sylvia Libow Martinez The last decade and more has been a dark period for many schools. Fortunately, there’s a technological and creative revolution underway that may change everything – the Maker Movement. Gary S. The Maker kids Art and invention. Teachingkids programming. How These Amazing, Kid-Friendly Languages Are Hooking Tomorrow's Programmers. SmartBrief Exclusive Preview How These Amazing, Kid-Friendly Languages Are Hooking Tomorrow's Programmers By Margo Pierce 05/30/13 This article appears in the May 2013 issue of T.H.E.
Journal . Subscribe here for free to receive an email when the issue is released. What is a 21st century teacher? People toss around terms in education and attach the words “21st century” to appear cutting edge or on the front end of trending ideas.
As a teacher in the 21st century, I find it amazing to see some of the things that are so-called 21st century and yet are no different from ideas from the 20th or even the 19th century. With that in mind, I reflected on what it takes to be a teacher in the 21st century and what such a teacher looks like. Obviously, a 21st-century teacher should be tall, handsome and have a sweet spot for superheroes. Beyond that, I think there are some key characteristics that good 21st-century teachers need. Be a connected educator. 27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher. Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom. Innovation is the currency of progress.
In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It’s captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and organizations. In education it’s been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as bulk purchasing iPads and deploying them into the wilds of education.
It’s not ‘just add water’ Skills practice [#NCTMDenver] Panel of Scholars Define '21st-Century Skills' Published Online: July 17, 2012 Published in Print: July 18, 2012, as Panel Parses Out Skills Needed for 21st-Century Workplace Top scholars say students need mix of abilities Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org.
The modern workplace and lifestyle demand that students balance cognitive, personal, and interpersonal abilities, but education policy discussions have not defined those skills well, says a report released last week by scholars from the National Research Council. The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners. If you consider yourself a modern learner and take advantage of modern technology in order to improve yourself, then you probably have some or most of these characteristics.
If you use technology to bolster your understanding of a particular topic, use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle tough questions, or simply collaborate across networks (online and in-person), then you’ve got some of the skills of modern learners. That’s the idea behind this fabulous visualization from User-Generated Education . It details the 12 skills of modern learners that, depending on your current skill level, you should aspire to attain, already have, or at least know about.
Personally, I like the focus on agility and adaptability. Expecting Excellence:Rigor Redefined. In the new global economy, with many jobs being either automated or “off-shored,” what skills will students need to build successful careers? What skills will they need to be good citizens? Are these two education goals in conflict? To examine these questions, I conducted research beginning with conversations with several hundred business, nonprofit, philanthropic, and education leaders.
With a clearer picture of the skills young people need, I then set out to learn whether U.S. schools are teaching and testing the skills that matter most. Thinking Collaborative. 21st Century learner.