inquiring – conceptual understanding – contextualizing – collaborating – differentiating – assessing – reflecting
Do you have something you’d like to share that is happening in your classroom? How are you using iPads to extend learning in your classroom? How are you making curriculum come alive for your students? Please let me know so that I can share what is happening and provide you the support you need for success.
The world of curriculum development is ever changing. The first decade of the 21st century has seen much change in the area of curriculum. What does it mean to teach a 21st century curriculum? What are the implications of educating digital natives?
Who would ever say, “No, thank you” to an upgrade to the first class cabin? to a jacuzzi suite at a conference hotel? The upgrade has positive connotations indicating a step-up, an improvement, a new version. If logic follows, suggesting a curricular upgrade should elicit numerous thumbs up, smiles from ear to ear, and an overall feeling of elation.
Heidi Hayes Jacobs presented this idea at the NESA Spring Educators Conference 2010 in Bangkok. Rather than suggest changing the curriculum (which indicates a total overhaul), the upgrade model offers educators smaller manageable steps (read: safe, non-threatening) that have greater potential to lead to a significant 21st century infused curriculum. Assessments are the initial focus of this upgrading process. Teachers begin with the familiar – the curriculum, rather than what is too often the unfamiliar world of software, hardware, and web 2.0.
As you work on unit planning and development, consider an upgrade to a 21st century summative assessment, including: blogs, documentaries, podcasts, screenplays, CAD projections, screencast tutorials. There are numerous iPad apps to support you!
Long pressing—that is, tapping and holding down on a part of your screen—provides a lot of handy shortcuts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Here’s a look at practically everything you can do with this technique to save you a bunch of time typing and navigating your device.
The Population Project is an integrated project completed by grade 8 students at the American Embassy School in Delhi, India. This blog is a collection of updates, reflections, and news about this semester long project. This project is a very scaffolded and supported project in which students explore a variety of issues as they relate to the population of India.
Playing With Media, by Wes Fryer, is an excellent example of a 21st century eBook! Fryer asserts that “we need to play with media to become more effective communicators.” The ideas shared in this eBook serve to inspire and empower the 21st century educator. Playing With Media is currently the topic of the Middle School Teacher Book Chat Group.