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Berkman Center releases report on youth and digital media. Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners. 15 Sites Building and Promoting Educational PBL Communities… Across School and Around the Globe. Welcome to the fourth in a series of PBL Mania Posts .

15 Sites Building and Promoting Educational PBL Communities… Across School and Around the Globe

For the next few weeks I am celebrating Project Based Learning. In this post I will introduce you to some outstanding collaboration tools found on the web that can be used in the PBL classroom. Before reading please take a moment to subscribe to this 21centuryedtech Blog by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. You will not want to miss this series or future posts involving STEM, Flipping the Classroom, Technology Integration, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills, So Sign Up Now! As always… thanks and have a great week. – Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech) Quick Notes - You may be interested in learning more about PBL World in Napa, CA presented by BIE this June. 15 Sites Building and Promoting Educational PBL Communities… Across School and Around the Globe This PBL Mania post will explore some on-line digital resources that can help build community to enhance the PBL experience.

Three Skills Every 21st-Century Manager Needs. The world of work has changed dramatically over the past decade.

Three Skills Every 21st-Century Manager Needs

Companies are more global and employee groups more diverse than ever before. Organizational structures are less hierarchical and more collaborative. And today’s networked offices are full of technological distractions that would have been unimaginable to the 20th-century manager. We asked experts in cross-cultural communication, information networks, and the science of attention what specific skills executives should cultivate to tackle these new challenges. Here are their answers.

Skill 1: Code Switching Between Cultures To work well with foreign colleagues, you may have to risk feeling inauthentic and incompetent. by Andrew L. 3 Must-Have Technology Tools For Your Classroom. Classrooms need more than just chalk and a few notebooks. There’s a plethora of technology out there but how do you choose what’s right for you? What’s the best technology for your particular classroom? Here are a few examples of helpful technology perfect for teachers young and old. eReaders Teachers are finding that the addition of eReaders, or electronic books, are providing a different level of knowledge enhancement.

Public schools are perpetually under strict budget limitations; the addition of an eReader for each student seemed impossible. Amazon’s Kindle eReader has led the way into many school districts; executives at Amazon realized the untapped educational applications and began offering textbooks through the Kindle platform. This Year’s 10 Best TED Talks To Share With Students. In honor of the recent TED Live announcement , I thought it’d be a good idea to remind you why TED rocks. Below is just a small fraction of the amazing presentations put on by the folks over at TED. Each one of the presentations embedded below is perfect for sharing with students and showing in class*.

Heck, assigning the viewing of these TED talks as homework isn’t a bad idea. Do you use TED in the classroom? Rethinking Curriculum. Recently I was visiting some friends who are also teachers who got me thinking about the words "21st century skills".

Rethinking Curriculum

It's interesting to question whether, at this point just 11 years into the 21st century, we really know what skills student will need to be successful in the future. My friends asked me if 100 years ago, in 1911, teachers could have predicted the skills that their students would need to be successful at the end of the 20th century. I thought that probably they could not have done this. Rubrics - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. Students Reflect on Their Own Learning. We are always talking about the ideal education should be a learner-centered setting. Learners can be in charge of their learning with options to different paths and paces. Learners will participate in the designing of their learning processes. So the first thing of all is that they have their voices heard.

More and more teachers have their students reflect on their own learning experience. Jenny Luca (her blog Lucacept – Intercepting the Web ) is a Teacher-Librarian from Melbourne, she is passionate about exploring the potential of new technologies in educational settings. Positive digital footprints Communicating with digital tools (set up categories, add widgets, use the HTML editor to embed code) Transparency for parents and family New ways of thinking about Web tools (two-way conversation is eye opening) Effective digital citizenship (how to conduct yourself in digital spaces in the context of the curriculum) Their world view is changing as a result of posting in public spaces.

21 Things That Will be Obsolete in 2020. This week, we feature the most popular posts of the year on MindShift. This one, which seems most apropos to review on the eve of 2012, took the top spot. Flickr:Robert S. Donavan Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day.

How close are we to this? [Update: I asked Blake-Plock to respond to comments to this post. By Shelly Blake-Plock 1. 2. 3. 4.