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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. I thought about this standard while reading a recent evaluation of an on-demand computer-based professional learning application. These results add to the evidence on the importance of leadership in professional learning and help combat the rhetoric that we don't know what effective professional learning is (we do).

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives, including the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Those advances necessitate an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and the topic of this post—21st-century teacher. As I write this, I’m trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as 20th-century teacher or 19th-century teacher. Quick Google searches reassure me that there are no such word combinations. Changing 20th to 21st brings different results: a 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skills. I searched for Twitter hashtags and Amazon books, and the results were just the same—nothing for 20th-century teacher and a lot for 21st: #teacher21, #21stcenturyskills, #21stCTeaching, and quite a few books on 21st-century teaching and learning. 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers by Terry Heick and TeachThought Staff Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Audience: K-12 & higher ed educators, researchers, institutions, and organizations globally. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. This page was created and is updated by Terry Heick and TeachThought Staff, who you can contact directly with suggestions for terms, improved citations, corrections, or additions to the index. Revisions: Persistently updated. Ed note: As stated, this is an ambitious work in progress that we’re choosing to share as we proof, revise, iterate, and generally improve for wider dissemination. Activity-Based Learning Andragogy Flow Play

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. To add a Title to your video, enter it into the toolbar on the right. If you have your own video that you want to edit, click on the Camera icon in the toolbar. When editing your video, keep in mind that the video cannot exceed 15 minutes. In the “Broadcasting and Sharing Options”, there are two options for licensing your video.

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. Both the American and British school systems could surely do better. For all the complaints Americans have about their schools, other countries have far more reason to worry than we do. One common response has been to put more computers in schools. As any parent knows, kids love computers. It’s great when that natural curiosity can be used to help educate children. Sadly, however, the wider educational impact of wiring up schools and homes and giving computers to kids has been disappointing. That’s not to say we should ban computers from the classroom altogether.

Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom This is a module of trainings designed to show how technology can be used to foster the 21st Century Skills of Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Although specific technologies are highlighted, there are hundreds more that are just as good that could be used for the same purposes! By the end of this learning module, the learner will be able to: Define the 4 Cs of 21st Century Skills. Understand how various technologies can foster these skills with your students. Evaluate and implement technologies to foster these skills in your classroom. Google is a trademark of Google.

21st Century Skills (P21 and others) Summary: Skills necessary for students to master in order for them to experience school and life success in an increasingly digital and connected age; includes digital literacy, traditional literacy, content knowledge, media literacy, and learning/innovation skills. Originators & Proponents: Groups – United States Department of Education, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, MacArthur Foundation; Individuals – Henry Jenkins, Mimi Ito, John Seely Brown Keywords: collaboration, digital literacy, innovation, technology, work-life skills, readiness, interdisciplinary learning, problem-solving, ICT (information and communication technologies) 21st Century Skills (Partnership for 21st Century Skills and other groups and individuals) Students are expected to master these skills and understand these themes while learning core subject content in meaningful, interdisciplinary way. For more information, see:

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. Not a lot of people talk about RSS feeds these days, but those that do – they sure love them. Did you see something hilarious, interesting or perplexing on a particular YouTube video? It’s hard to believe that in 2015 we still have to deal with Internet Service Providers serving up terrible bandwidth access to customers. Hate flash? Did you know that you can watch full-length, mainstream movies right on YouTube? Interested in watching live streams? At this point, YouTube is so ingrained in popular culture, it’s become a place that helps determine what is popular today.

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