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Blogs - 21st Century Education

Primary Preoccupation

Since 2005, all of my grade one students have had their own blog. Those blogs show my students' learning from the first week of school until the last week.




In Elesapiens we always have a great interest in everything related to the latest developments in information technology applied to education. So we decided to jump over to San Antonio, Texas, to visit ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) the largest ed-tech event in the world: more than 18,000 educators and industry professionals have been...

The Classroom of 2024: Four future hallmarks | eSchool News | eSchool News

What does the future hold for classrooms? How can 10 years impact education? Ten years may not seem like much, but it's enough time for transformation, according to education experts who see the future of education becoming more collaborative and less restrictive.

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020

Flickr: Corey Leopold 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? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he's seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition.




David Warlick Air-Dialingduring Chapel Hill Keynote I grew up during the 1950s and '60s, in a three-stoplight mill town in western North Carolina. Education was difficult for me - but learning was not. I enjoyed being in class, listening to teachers talk about our world and participating in discussions (in our continuing efforts to get the teacher off the subject).




The 21st Century Fluency Project is all about change. In today's world new technologies allow us to go places and do things that would have been unimaginable even a few short years ago. This has become the essence of life in the 21st Century, but more specifically the lives of our children.

Geography Inspiration

Find free geography inspiration teaching ideas, activities and resources for your primary and secondary classroom.

Next Generation Science Standards - Middle School

This arrangement of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is similar to earlier iterations of the standards. At the beginning of the process, in order to eliminate potential redundancy, seek an appropriate grain size, and seek natural connections among the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) identified within the Framework for K-12 Science Education, the writers arranged the DCIs into topics around which to develop the standards.

The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020

What will the classroom of 2020 look like? As I look ahead, many of the trends we're seeing today will continue to expand learning beyond the classroom walls to connect educators, students and real-world experiences. These trends are being driven by pioneering teachers and their students, and are fueled by technology -- especially the Internet and the cloud.

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

Saying that it has always been this way, doesn't count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.

5 Good Resources for Historical Maps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Today I got an email from one of my readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile learning asking about some historical map resources to use in the social studies course he is teaching. I checked my archive and compiled this short list. 1-David Rumsey map collection The historical map collection has over 43,000 maps and images online.

How to Teach for the Global Innovation Age

The global innovation age demands a new set of skills for all our students. Employers want creativity and leadership. Cognitive ability outweighs a university degree. They measure how you collaborate and compete. They want to know how world savvy you really are.

The Rules of 21st Century Education

Student Report from SXSWedu: The Rules of 21st Century Education March 8, 2014 By: Diego Macias Wow. The past three days I attended the SXSW Education conference. It was my first time to go. I attended as a Del Valle High School student correspondent for Compass Learning with the job of covering the conference from a student perspective.

9 Wonderful TED Talks on Re-imagining Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 18, 2014 Is our education system broken? Answers to this question differ depending on the perspective from which each one of us looks at it and also in terms of what we mean by broken. This question has also been the theme that several scholars and educators from all around the world covered in their TED talks.

Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust

Karthik Subburam, a five-year veteran in his first year teaching in the "inquiry-driven, project-based, technology-infused" style of Philadelphia's nationally acclaimed Science Leadership Academy, runs his fingers through his hair. "Sometimes, it's like pulling teeth," he says.

How 4Cs Can Transform Learning?

For the past decade, lots of people have been talking about what's new for 21st century education, why a shift in the practices of teaching and learning is required and what new 21st century skills for students might be. But, there has been very little focus on what it is that schools and school districts need to do to implement change.

- Student Report from SXSWedu: The Rules of 21st Century Education

Student Report from SXSWedu: The Rules of 21st Century Education March 8, 2014 By: Diego Macias Wow. The past three days I attended the SXSW Education conference. It was my first time to go. I attended as a Del Valle High School student correspondent for Compass Learning with the job of covering the conference from a student perspective.

Shifted paradigm: Innovate and excel or face extinction

Our school house memories are just that: nostalgia for adolescent times and perceived recollections of our own delusions of grandeur. Those of us who graduated a decade or more ago, remember a very different learning environment, one that is no longer applicable in this world.

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

It's Spring Break for me and it's time to reflect on my own blog, started 5 years ago while I enjoyed a similar break from school. The blog was originally created for a targeted pilot group of 13 teachers I was working with to explore ways they could use a laptop and Web 2.0 for teaching and learning.

21st Century Learning on Pinterest

How do we educate students to be ready to lead the future? | See more about educational technology, mobile learning and project based learning.

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor - the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities - that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award. Watch this lecture in full here: The RSA is a 258 year-old charity devoted to driving social progress and spreading world-changing ideas.

The Classroom of the Future: Student-Centered or Device-Centered?

A basic question is emerging as our schools are urged to embrace the Common Core State Standardsand the computer-based learning systems aligned to the standards. Are these digital devices becoming central to the classroom-and coming to dominate the way we teach and learn? And how will this serve our students?

School is a prison - and damaging our kids

Parents send their children to school with the best of intentions, believing that's what they need to become productive and happy adults. Many have qualms about how well schools are performing, but the conventional wisdom is that these issues can be resolved with more money, better teachers, more challenging curricula and/or more rigorous tests.