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Resources - 21st Century Teaching & Learning

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.

Why it Requires a Community to Transform Education for the 21st century

It is hard to imagine a time when the opportunity and need to transform education has been greater. What great business and education leaders know is that no single institution or organization can make the kinds of changes necessary to revolutionize the education system.

Why Kids Need Schools to Change

The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive.

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.

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

I was supervising a teacher who was enrolled in our program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that focused on developing student self-knowledge, ego strength, trust and community in classrooms. We had created a manual with over 50 classroom lessons. She was teaching at a high school in an economically depressed district in northern Appalachia.

Democratic Education

More than 60 years ago, 48 countries signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With this act, the United Nations took a stand to declare that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," and "all peoples and all nations . . . shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms." Educators in a modern democratic society keep this spirit alive by ensuring that their students become active, well-informed, and caring citizens. In order to do so, schools must commit to the essentials of a democratic education: freedom, discussion, involvement, and equality.

Effective Teaching and Leading - ASCD

Research has consistently shown that the two most important school-based factors affecting a child’s academic success are the classroom teacher and the school principal.
"We know that from the moment students enter a school, the most important factor in their success is not the color of their skin or the income of their parents—it is the teacher standing at the front of the classroom," says Arne Duncan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Beginner's Guide To The Learning Pyramid

Different teaching styles appeal to different types of students. Despite popular opinion, I know folks who do really well with lecture-based courses. Perhaps they're just really well adapted to how most of our educational system works. Or perhaps they're just some of the few who do really well with that instead of a more hands-on ...

6 ways teachers want to use digital tools | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

The 3,100 educators surveyed identified six instructional areas in which they said they expected digital tools to help. 1. Deliver instruction by facilitating delivery of the lesson plan and content. Teachers said they wanted the digital tools to align with lesson plans and/or Common Core State Standards, and said the tools should enable a high degree of teacher control.

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

As educators across the country continue to examine the best ways of teaching and learning, a new lexicon is beginning to emerge that describes one particular approach - deeper learning. The phrase implies a rich learning experience for students that allows them to really dig into a subject and understand it in a way that requires more than just memorizing facts.

ISTE 2013 Closing Keynote, Adam Bellow: You're Invited to Change the World

Author and educational technologist Adam Bellow delivers the closing keynote of ISTE 2013 with a high-energy presentation reveling in the joys of being a connected educator in these amazing times. Showcasing stories of inspiration from classrooms around the world and anecdotes from Bellow's career, and highlight inspiration from classrooms around the world.

Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

Long-time educator and author Larry Cuban points out it wasn't so long ago that education reformers were using the school-as-factory metaphor to praise the efficiency and productivity of a model that could shape children for the demands of life.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Schools as “museums of virtue”* and schools as engines of change have been dominant and conflicting metaphors in the history of school reform. In the mid-19th century, tax-supported public schools pursued Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic–the three Rs. Basic literacy–being able to read the Bible, write one’s name, know elementary ciphering, and absorb family and community values–were the primary reasons for creating public schools. In a predominantly rural society, one-room schools sought to preserve the virtues of Protestantism, instill basic literacy, strengthen patriotism, and social custom through the three Rs.

Embracing Change

I'm working on my Spotlight Presentation for Connect 2014: Canada's Learning and Technology Conference. Here is my presentation description: Shifting Education - Embracing the Transformation A quick 3-part journey into my 'Shifting' series of blog posts that looks at embracing educational change, envisioning a bold new educational frontier, and leading change from where ever you may be in the transformation...

Smart Learning Programme transforms education in UAE's government schools

DUBAI // Textbooks have been replaced by tablet computers in Rasha El Khatib's Grade 7 English class, and everyone is connected to the internet. Pencils are no longer in play, having been swapped for stylus pens with which pupils tap answers on their personal screens or the classroom Smart Board.

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

"Active learning" boosts grades, reduces failure rates in undergraduate STEM classes, concludes major review

21st Century Learning and Teaching

Related articles to 21st Century Learning and Teaching as also tools... filtered by Jackie GERSTEIN | Incorporating 21st Century Skills into Everyday Instruction

Incorporating 21st Century Skills into Everyday Instruction Today's students need to know how to use technology to explore, acquire knowledge, analyze and evaluate information, test ideas, and draw conclusions. They need to think critically and creatively, navigate the digital world safely, learn by doing, and continue learning throughout their lives.

What Students Will Learn In The Future

by Terry Heick A lot is implied in the content areas we choose to disperse the world through. That's essentially what classes and content areas are-perspectives to make sense of the world. If the world changes, should they change? These words and phrases that we now associate with schools, teachers, and assignments reflect our priority as a culture.

A 4-Step Guide To Effective Lesson Planning

Building lesson plans is an integral part of every teacher's day. Integrating technology into lessons (that may have previously existed in a totally non-technology infused version) can sometimes be difficult, especially if the task at hand can be easily completed without technology - many of us wonder why bother if we don't have to.

9 secrets of innovative schools | eSchool News | eSchool News

Innovative educators know how to take teaching and learning to the next level Today's schools, educators, and district leaders strive to give students the best education possible. Doing that means being innovative. But in today's world of ever-changing technology tools, assessments, new instructional approaches, and calls for reform, what does it mean to be innovative?

The Danish approach to education - evaluate, don't mark

Denmark seems to be better known for it's Scandi-noir thrillers, than its modern and innovative school system, but maybe that's about to change. Rather than obsess around results and subsequent, seemingly inevitable, league tables, they take a more holistic approach to a child's achievements.

Four Ways to Move from 'School World' to 'Real World'

On a rainy Saturday at Hackbright Academy classroom in San Francisco, a group of 35 adults sat at tables, desks, and on couches learning how to code. Marcy, a former artist and now programmer for Uber, taught the class. During a break, Marcy shared that she'd never taken a programming class prior to starting a job in art media.

Is it OK for teachers to not know the answer?

With the Common Core nudging teachers toward projects that develop higher-order thinking skills, it's becoming less important to fill students with information and more important to show them how to find, gather and analyze it themselves. Yet many educators still feel pressured to appear as though they have all the answers.

Why It's Important To Take Risks While Learning

Sometimes the process of learning something in order to be able to do it seems daunting. You know you want to get from point A to point B so that you can do C, but you really just want to be able to do C without a long wait.