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.
Distance Learning with Google Slides How Will You Deliver Online Instructions? Kasey Bell has some great tips for if your school has to be closed for an extended period of time. One of her pieces of advice is to not start new tech! Google Slides or Google Classroom? If you currently deliver digital materials through Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, OneNote, Schoology, Canvas, etc… This should be part of your strategy for distance learning. Technology integration Technology integration is the use of technology tools in general content areas in education in order to allow students to apply computer and technology skills to learning and problem-solving. Generally speaking, the curriculum drives the use of technology and not vice versa. Technology integration is defined as the use of technology to enhance and support the educational environment. Technology integration in the classroom can also support classroom instruction by creating opportunities for students to complete assignments on the computer rather than with normal pencil and paper. "Curriculum integration with the use of technology involves the infusion of technology as a tool to enhance the learning in a content area or multidisciplinary setting... Integrating technology with standard curriculum can not only give students a sense of power, but also allows for more advanced learning among broad topics.
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.
An Introduction to Technology Integration The thought ended almost before it started: “This is so overwhelming.” It was all one teacher managed to type before she stopped short, vexed into silence, perhaps, by the sheer size of the problem. In the pregnant pause that followed, undoubtedly, every teacher tracking the unspooling thread—about the dizzying, rapidly escalating viral crisis that was closing schools across the country—recognized the chasm they were all facing as well, and scrambled to fill in the blank. Technology Integration Ideas that Work Technology has become integrated in the classroom in so many ways, that we often don't even think about how we are using it. The Education World Tech Team offers lessons and activities to help educators make better use of technology tools for instruction, and to help students improve their technology skills within the context of the regular curriculum. Included: Integration activities that utilize the Web, PowerPoint, Excel, digital photography, SMART Boards, and more. In more and more schools today, technology is recognized as an instructional tool, not as a subject of instruction. Still, many educators, less familiar and less comfortable with technology than their students, struggle to seamlessly integrate a growing list of technology tools into their regular curriculum. "Using technology in the classroom is becoming easier for teachers," instructional technology consultant Jamye Swinford told Education World.
Project-Based Learning Over time, the world of public education has grown increasingly difficult, for both students and teachers. Its focus has drifted from applicable, relevant instruction to test performance and attainment of standards. At times, the prognosis can seem bleak. However, there has been a renewed interest in and revival of John Dewey’s revolutionary 20th-century “learning by doing” theory, in the form of project-based learning (PBL) and the establishment of charter schools. With its focus on demonstration of knowledge and interdisciplinary ideals, project-based learning encourages students to become active participants in their learning. This module is led by expert Hope Grover, who guides you through the history of project-based learning, the keys to its successful implementation, and why this practice is so valuable to 21st-century learners.
Technology in the Classroom in 2019: 6 Pros & Cons Technology in education is the biggest change in teaching we will ever see. For years, policy makers, teachers, parents and students alike have been weighing the potential benefits of technology in education against its risks and consequences. But now the debate is more pressing than ever, as curricula increasingly incorporate technology and professors experiment with new teaching methods. On one hand, technology allows you to experiment in pedagogy, democratize the classroom and better engage students.
What If? Updated 2-20-07Quick Links:What If (PowerPoint) and What If (mp3) - download to same folder for music to playWhat If (Windows Media Player) What If (Google Video) - Google Video is no more, so YouTube version.What If Sources (Word, PDF) When teachers returned this fall we received an email with this sign as an attachment and a suggestion that we print and post if we wanted. Turn off and put away all Cell Phones, iPods, and Electronic Devices during class! Shortly thereafter many of these signs popped up outside and inside classrooms. Now, let me preface the rest of what I’m going to say with this clear message: I understand the intent behind this.
21st Century Skills Concepts What is meant by "21st Century Skills?" How do they relate to what I should be teaching in my classroom? These are just some of the questions that you might be asking when you hear the term "21st Century Skills." In this series of tutorials, we will present what we mean by the terminology and how it relates to the models, frameworks, and technology standards that have been developed by other organizations. After viewing each of the tutorials, we hope you will be able to answer: What are the common themes and concepts that tie all the models, frameworks, and technology standards together?