21st Century Learning – PD Session 1 (2.4.14)

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Session Title: An Introduction to 21st Century Learning Skills

Timeframe: 25 minutes (more if you get hooked)

Module Objectives:

  • Objective 1 – Develop a basic understand of the concept of 21st Century Learning Skills
  • Objective 2 – Analyze why integrating 21 Century Learning Skills into our pedagogy is essential.
  • Objective 3 – Plan future personalized PD regarding the 4 C’s

Learning Activities:

1) Watch (12 min): ”Changing Paradigms of Education” by Sir Ken Robinson. Watch it below (or click here if you can’t access YouTube – TED Talks)

  • Reflect While You Watch: Jot down your thoughts in reference to the following two questions pertaining to the information from the video.
  • Identify 3 priorities of schools in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
  • Identify 3 “new” priorities schools must embrace in the 21st Century

2) Read (10 min): “The 21st Century Learning Skills Overview” Click here to download and read.

  • Reflect While You Read: What are the 4 C’s and why are they essential?

3) Post (3 min): In the comment section below, post your response to the following questions.

  • Write the MVP (most valuable point) from today’s learning.
  • Share a lesson idea that leverages a 21st Century Learning Skill
  • State which skill you plan to learn about during the next session.

Bonus Extension Activities:

  • Evaluate Instruction: Reflect on a recent lesson you delivered and evaluate it based on the NYSUT Rubric using the following the Cheat Sheet. Click here to view rubric indicators relevant to 21st Century Learning Skills.
  • Dig Deeper: Visit the 21st Century Learning Skills video archive on this blog.
  • See It In Action: Watch the video “The Four C’s: Making 21st Century Learning Happen“. Click below to view this video.

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10 Responses to 21st Century Learning – PD Session 1 (2.4.14)

  1. Carol Jean says:

    DiMuro/Miceli–Collaboratively, we discussed economic and cultural priorities identified in the video. In the 21st Century, we feel it’s important for schools to embrace, creativity, collaboration, technological skills, flexibility, adaptability, and self-direction. As CTE instructors, we instill these qualities in our students each and everyday! 2/4/14

  2. Mary says:

    DiMuro/Miceli–Collaboratively, we discussed economic and cultural priorities identified in the video. In the 21st Century, we feel it’s important for schools to embrace, creativity, collaboration, technological skills, flexibility, adaptability, and self-direction. As CTE instructors, we instill these qualities in our students each and everyday! 2/4/14

  3. THE_Bruner says:

    As I watched the video and read the article the point that stood out to me is the notion that the “real” world is one that survives on collaboration, and our schools operate under the premise that it is bad. I was pleased to learn that the idea of collaboration is one of the 4 C’s and seen as an essential skill. One way I thought this could be used in the classroom is to have students investigate a technological innovation and identify it’s pro’s and con’s then debate its effect on a given era. The next area I would like to investigate is communication.

  4. Mandi says:

    4 C’s embedded in all labs- critical thinking to analyze data, communication with lab partners and through evaluation of research topics, collaboration with lab partners and groups to accomplish task and arrive at a conclusion, creativity as part of the research topics they must evaluate, respond to and analyze as it relates to real world science.

    Great video. Strongly anti standardized testing and current educational structures, yet all teachers are evaluated and assigned a percentage to their review based on standardized testing data?

  5. Jeff Telle says:

    MVP- The aesthetic education is a remedy for much of the inattention of youth.

    Lesson- Many of my students require communication devices. These students are highly motivated to use these devices to communicate because the devices allow them to interact with their peers and their environments.

    The skill I will look to improve upon: Collaboration- With my population of students, I feel that collaboration is vital to being able to problem solve the challenges that the students will inevitably face.

  6. Mike says:

    Kids are medicated too much! Amen.
    Kids learn at different paces.. We were saying that several years ago but now seem like getting kids out of school is the goal!
    Real life does seem to work best when collaboration is utilized….but how do we assess the individual when collaboration is “mainstreamed”?

  7. As a Technology department we are looking for ways to incorporate 21st skills into all our lessons every day. Collaboratively as a department we are always looking to adapt projects to build upon these critical thinking and problem solving skills. For instance in DDP students are given a list of constraints and must research, design, build and compete. Most projects are done as pairs but can be adjusted to smaller groups to enhance that “real” world hands-on experience.

  8. Jessica Evershed says:

    The video and article were interesting to read because I am a newer teacher. I have not noticed the difference in how students learn at this point in my career compared to when I first began teaching which was only five years ago. I think the most valuable point to take away from this tutorial was that students live in a society in which collaboration is a more key component of success than it was in the past. Rather than learning from a teacher or a book, students must learn from each other as well.

    Students in my Living Environment class recently began learning about DNA replication. This concept is a difficult one for many students so I approached it differently this year. Students completed a reading on the structure of DNA and colored the various components of the DNA molecule. I purposely introduced DNA replication during a previous unit on mitosis and meiosis so students would have prior knowledge before beginning the current unit on genetics. Because of this, I was able to reference content students previously learned and elaborate on it. I gave each table of students an index card and I put a picture of DNA up on the SMARTBoard. I asked students to collaborate with each other at their respective table to brainstorm possible ways the DNA strand on the board could replicate into two identical strands. Students really struggled with this, as I expected they would, but it made them think about the mechanism behind the concept we were going to study.

    This brief 3-minute activity allowed students the opportunity to collaborate and think critically, two of the four C’s. In the future, I would be very interested to learn more about helping students develop critical thinking skills. Often times, I notice that students just want the answer and don’t want to think about what they are doing. I hope to address this and help students feel more comfortable thinking about different complex topics in science.

  9. Mary C says:

    In science, collaboration is so important to solving problems and the 4 C’s are a part of the scientific method.
    In my experience, with a child in college, higher education doesn’t focus on collaboration. Are we setting kids up for failure if we do everything in groups?

  10. Julie LaRosa says:

    I enjoyed the TED talk video narrated by Sir Ken Robinson. It was interesting to find out how the prevalence of ADHD increased as one traveled west to east across the United States and that the capacity for divergent thinking decreases as we grow and learn within an educational system that limits students from working collaboratively. The four C’s: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity are skills that need to be nurtured and celebrated by all learners’ and not just the celebrated prodigies of the world.
    Differential instruction, peer tutoring, and direct instruction are three areas of education that need to be present in every lesson for the four C’s to occur. The old adage,” a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind but what does an empty desk mean?” may be true. Though it may be messy and complicated to plan a lesson that incorporates differential instruction, peer tutoring, and direct instruction what is the outcome of a linear, one answer only instructional practice produce?

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