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The Four C's: Making 21st Century Education Happen

The Four C's: Making 21st Century Education Happen

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College and Career Readiness From an academic perspective, college and career readiness means that a high school graduate has the knowledge and skills in English and mathematics necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing postsecondary coursework without the need for remediation -- or put another way, a high school graduate has the English and math knowledge and skills needed to qualify for and succeed in the postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career (i.e. community college, university, technical/vocational program, apprenticeship, or significant on-the-job training). To be college- and career-ready, high school graduates must have studied a rigorous and broad curriculum, grounded in the core academic disciplines, but also consisting of other subjects that are part of a well-rounded education. Simply put, "college and career readiness" is the umbrella under which many education and workforce policies, programs and initiatives thrive.

School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age Image credit: iStockphoto We all know that leadership is important in education. Without strong leadership, education initiatives tend to crash and burn. Consider professional learning. Leadership is one of Learning Forward's seven Standards for Professional Learning -- evidence-based standards that outline the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices and improved student learning. This standard holds that leaders develop their own and others' capacity to learn and lead professional learning, advocate for it, provide support systems, and distribute leadership and responsibility for its effectiveness and results. Make Your Own Movie With YouTube Video Editor YouTube is the most popular site for viewing videos of all types and with 8 years of content added to the site everyday, there’s always something new and exciting to check out. That’s because YouTube makes it easy to make your own video, then promote it and track it. Regardless if you’re using it for business or pleasure, all of these options help you to create content that appeals to your audience, which gets your content shared and viewed by more people. If you have ever thought, “I could have done that” or ” I wish this video…” here is your chance to get in the game! To begin making a video, go to the YouTube Video Editor page.

The False Promise of Classroom Technology - Businessweek The cover story of Life magazine on Oct. 16 was “U.S. Schools: They Face a Crisis.” Of course, there’s pretty much always a sense of crisis in education—in fact, the Life story dates from 63 years ago: Oct. 16, 1950—and it isn’t limited to the U.S. Two weeks ago, the U.K. announced it would revamp its curriculum and testing for 16-year-olds yet again, on the basis (yet again) that the previous system wasn’t rigorous enough. 9 YouTube Features You Probably Haven't Heard of Everyone knows about YouTube. With hours and hours of video footage uploaded every couple of minutes, there’s no question that it’s one of the biggest websites on the entire Internet. There’s so much content on YouTube that no matter who you are, you’ll find something that meets your taste. There’s something up there for just about everyone. Along with all of the great content, YouTube also has a lot of great features.

Evaluating Technology Use in the Classroom Evaluating the use of technology in a classroom environment is not something most administrators are trained to do. It is easy to walk into a classroom and see that every student is using a computer, but how do you really assess if and what type of learning is taking place? In the past, I have had administrators tell me “I walked into the teacher’s room and all the students were on laptops.” As though just the site of students working on laptops meant they were engaged in the learning process. Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels For Learning Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels For Learning If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware. Just as many individuals have their own channel, curating their expertise in a series of broadcasted lessons.

Assessing Faculty’s Technology Needs (EDUCAUSE Quarterly Key Takeaways A center for teaching excellence can ease the transition to the 21st century classroom by responding to faculty needs. The University of South Carolina's Center for Teaching Excellence investigated faculty's training needs in order to integrate technology into the classroom. A survey of assistance needed, including support and training, resulted in suggestions for helping faculty integrate technology pedagogy. The Official Educator's Guide To YouTube YouTube is a goldmine for content. Yes, it’s also a goldmine for trash and whimsy, but more than anything it’s a kind of circus-mirror reflection of culture. Which should make it useful to teachers.

What does an instructional designer do? In the past few months, I’ve been asked by a number of different people what an instructional designer does and how to get into the field. I love instructional design because it is a field where I am constantly learning and I have a great variety in what I do. I use so many different skills—writing, web design, graphics, collaboration, planning, plus of course how people learn.

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