We have to focus on 2 of the 6 21st. century practices and create a multimedia presentation. Implement one thing from each webinar and post the artifacts to the blog.
We have been asked to "think about what you have learned about Knowledge Construction & Use of Technology for Learning from the sorting activity and discussion in class last week, as well as, . Pick one of these dimensions (Knowledge Construction OR Use of Technology for Learning) and reflect on your own practices.
So, what did I learn? I'd say that last weeks class deepened a cursory understanding I had about the" technology for learning" practices. The first quick take away was that technology should be used when other types of media, i.e. books, articles, artwork, is not relevant. I have used my set of Ipads to look up current weather conditions around the world because that information is updated minute by minute. Conversely, I used a class set of atlases and photo copied map for the beginning of the assignment, "weather around the world." In my 3 grade weather lesson, the technology (ipads) "supported student knowledge construction" and "was required for "constructing this knowledge" (www.wcsd21) which are the second and third floors on the 4 floor elevator.
I plan to share the ideas in this rubric with my grade 2-5 classes, and give them the "voice and choice" (www.bie.org) to choose when they need technology to fill in the gaps during research projects. I think the question I would pose to my classes is, "Do you need to use an internet device to find what you need for this assignment?" I have the ipads either on each student table or easily accessible because I am trying to instill the idea that technology is a tool that is used, like a ruler, compass, beaker, microscope, pencil, etc.
21 century link to elevator guides and explations
WHAT ABOUT YOURSELF ARE YOU MOST AWARE OF AS A LEARNER? I have always been a conceptual learner. I see the world view and find so many things in the human experience illogical. Even as a small child, my mom reported that I would spend sometimes 4 hours engrossed in a task... so not ADD... I am also dyslexic, which goes hand in hand with being a visual-spatial, conceptual learner.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT STUDENT LEARNING AND THE 21ST CENTURY LEARNING COMPETENCIES (THE SIX DIMENSIONS)?AS YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTION, HOW DO YOU USE THE 21ST CENTURY LEARNING COMPETENCIES (THE SIX DIMENSIONS) AS A GUIDE TO YOUR TEACHING PRACTICES?
I was really interested in the 21st century guide when I first saw it at a learning cafe over a year ago. The site tabs to your left are a collection of probably 1000 hours of work and research. I had an active blog with 6000 hits, mostly from my students, but what I did not realize is that we were just blogging within my class, grade level, and school, we were not communicating with the outside world, then revising our work based on feedback. So, the first time I went into a 21st Century training, I thought I already knew what was going on. I did not. I was using tech, but did not realize that 21st. century has far more to do with collaboration and how we interact with information and other people. I keep the guide on my desk now, but am looking forward to learning about these dimensions more deeply. I am also in the 21st Century leaders cohort and my group is working on designing 21st learning century spaces. I am most interested in creating healthy spaces for kids to work.
Hi and welcome to my 21st century practitioners badge blog. I am in my 4th year as a teacher and I have always taught K-5 STEM subjects. This year was the first year I was given my own room and I am so happy to have moved on from the push in position. I still teach 28 classes a week, but it is wonderful to have the kids come to me.
I like to think of the lab as primarily a science and engineering learning space, but math and technology are the tools we use everyday to perform investigations or build things that solve problems. In addition, many of my lessons also touch on the social studies aspects of STEM subjects.
Prior to teaching, I did three very different things. From the age of 21 to 25, I traveled the world, volunteering in Ukraine, Poland, and Israel repatriating Jewish people to Israel. I worked in Russian and Hebrew speaking countries, although my language skills have become very rusty. I then moved on to motherhood, and from my hometown in Santa Cruz, California, to my husbands' home in Reno, NV. I have 2 boys, Hanokh and Galil, who are now 13 and 16 respectively. I stayed home with them for the first 4 years, then went back to work. I have a BA in Russian, and this was not a very sought after skill in the high desert, so I did what any bubbly, money hungry woman would do, I went into sales and marketing. There are many snakes in the grass in this profession, but, conversely there were some great people in the industry and I loved running my own business. I also taught cross country skiing and horseback riding....
So now, I am very interested in creating self organized learning environments that encompass 21st century learning standards.