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Introducing Authentic Learning

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A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning

Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved.

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How Visually Literate Are You? A 15-Question Quiz to Test Your Skills

How Visually Literate Are You? A 15-Question Quiz to Test Your Skills | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Knowing how to read and write makes you literate in the traditional sense of the word. But in an increasingly visual world, being visually literate is almost as important. Now's your chance to test your visual literacy skills!
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Educational Technology is not the Enemy

Educational Technology is not the Enemy | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
'What's the point in using new technology? I've been teaching for years now and my methods get results.' 'It's all very well using this technology but it's difficult to get to grips with and the st...

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The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students - Edudemic

The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students - Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There are quite a few apps you should know about. We went through and compiled dozens of the best apps for teachers who don't have time to do so themselves!
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Literacy Shed - Visual Resources for Literacy

Literacy Shed - Visual Resources for Literacy | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The Literacy Shed is a "treasure trove"  for literacy education.  It's the home to a wealth of visual resources - video clips or pictures -  that the site owner has collected over his 10 year caree...
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New free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press

New free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Get a new free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press. (U of Chicago Press giving away free e-books every month!
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How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes

How To Solve Problems Like Sherlock Holmes | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Are you a Dr. Watson or a Sherlock Holmes?If we could choose between a Watsonian and Holmesian mind, I’m sure most of us would prefer Holmes. He’s brilliant and perceptive: the consummate problem-solver.

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Really interesting article. I particularly liked the idea of a brain break.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, September 3, 2013 11:29 PM

How to practice mindfulness, memory storage and person perception with Holmesian devotion ... or at the very least read the new book by Maria Konnikova that says you can train your brain to be a creative problem solver just like Sherlock!


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Set up gClass folders

Takes under 10 minutes to automatically create hundreds of folders for your students to share and work with.

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JoanneMorris's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:19 AM

Perfect.  I've been looking for something like this!

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The Biggest "Game-Changer" in Education

The Biggest "Game-Changer" in Education | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Change is the one constant that we will always have in our world and if we do not grow and learn to embrace it, then we will become irrelevant.  This mindset towards learning is only one part of the solution; making the connections with our learners is also equally (if not more) significant.


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Important point, reminds me of Gandhi's comment about being the change you want to see.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 4, 2013 7:08 AM

A simple short article, but with a good point. It's not about the physical technology, it's about what it enables.

Katja Kranjec's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:21 AM

I agree with the fact that there's no single way of learning a language, we should change the way we think about technology and be open to new ideas and approaches.

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Seven characteristics of great education systems - The Globe and Mail

Seven characteristics of great education systems - The Globe and Mail | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Seven characteristics of great education systems
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Jennifer Black, believes educating young people in financial literacy and responsibility should start young. Getty Images/iStockphoto ...
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Motivation for success: Ann Arbor teachers share insights with their peers - AnnArbor.com

Motivation for success: Ann Arbor teachers share insights with their peers - AnnArbor.com | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Motivation for success: Ann Arbor teachers share insights with their peers
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Schools in Singapore have a strong focus on pedagogy and research-based instruction.
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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0

Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post seeks to compare the developments of the Internet-Web to t...

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, September 3, 2013 9:06 AM

Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0.

This post seeks to compare the developments of the Internet-Web to those of education.  The Internet has become an integral thread of the tapestries of most societies throughout the globe.  The web influences people’s way of thinking, doing and being; and people influence the development and content of the web.  The Internet of today has become a huge picture window and portal into human perceptions, thinking, and behavior.  Logically, then, it would seem that schools would follow suit in mimicking what is happening via the Internet to assist children and youth to function, learn, work, and play in a healthy, interactive, and pro-social manner in their societies-at-large.

Education 1.0

Most schools are still living within and functioning through an Education 1.0 model.  Although many would deny this, they are focusing on an essentialist-based curriculum with related ways of teaching and testing.

The foundation of essentialist curriculum is based on traditional disciplines such as math, natural science, history, foreign language, and literature. Essentialists argue that classrooms should be teacher-oriented. The teachers or administrators decide what is most important for the students to learn with little regard to the student interests. The teachers also focus on achievement test scores as a means of evaluating progress. Students in this system would sit in rows and be taught in masses. The students would learn passively by sitting in their desks and listening to the teacher.  (http://www.siue.edu/~ptheodo/foundations/essentialism.html)

This description (1) rings true with a lot of schools in this age of standardization, accountability, NCLB, Race-to-the-Top, Common Core Curriculum Standards, and (2) has a lot of similarity to Web 1.0 . . .

Web 1.0 was an early stage of the conceptual evolution of the World Wide Web, centered around a top-down approach to the use of the web and its user interface. Content creators were few in Web 1.0 with the vast majority of users simply acting as consumers of content.  Web 1.0 webpage’s information is closed to external editing. Thus, information is not dynamic, being updated only by the webmaster.Technologically, Web 1.0 concentrated on presenting, not creating so that user-generated content was not available. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_1.0)

Web 1.0 came out of our existing mindsets of how information is transferred, and very much reflected the 100+ year history of industrialism, with experts/businesses dispensing identical knowledge/products to mass consumers. http://www.stevehargadon.com/2007/04/web-20-and-school-20-connection.html

Derek W. Keats and J. Philipp Schmidt provide an excellent comparison of how Education 1.0 is similar to Web 1.0.

Education 1.0 is, like the first generation of the Web, a largely one-way process. Students go to [school] to get education from [teachers], who supply them with information in the form of a stand up routine that may include the use of class notes, handouts, textbooks, videos, and in recent times the World Wide Web. Students are largely consumers of information resources that are delivered to them, and although they may engage in activities based around those resources, those activities are for the most part undertaken in isolation or in isolated local groups. Rarely do the results of those activities contribute back to the information resources that students consume in carrying them out. (http://p2pfoundation.net/Education_3.0)

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Education 2.0

Steve Hardigan noted the following in 2007:

Web 2.0 has really been the flowering of new relationships between individuals and businesses, and reflects new ways of thinking that the technology has facilitated or created. It’s about engaged conversations that take place directly, and don’t rely on top-down management, but peer feedback and mentoring. It’s an incredibly effective restructuring of how learning takes place, and somehow we have to figure out how to bring this experience into our learning institutions–or they will become obsolete. (http://www.stevehargadon.com/2007/04/web-20-and-school-20-connection.html)

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Similar to Web 2.0, Education 2.0 includes more interaction between the teacher and student; student to student; and student to content/expert.  Some school administrators and educators seem to have taken some steps and moved into a more connected, creative Education 2.0 through using cooperative learning, global learning projects, Skype in the classroom, and shared wikis, blogs and other social networking in the classroom.  But in 2013, this should be the norm not the exception.

Education 3.0

Education 3.0 is based on the belief that content is freely and readily available. It is self-directed, interest-based learning where problem-solving, innovation and creativity drive education.

Education 3.0 is characterized by rich, cross-institutional, cross-cultural educational opportunities within which the learners themselves play a key role as creators of knowledge artifacts that are shared, and where social networking and social benefits outside the immediate scope of activity play a strong role. The distinction between artifacts, people and process becomes blurred, as do distinctions of space and time. Institutional arrangements, including policies and strategies, change to meet the challenges of opportunities presented. There is an emphasis on learning and teaching processes with a focus on institutional changes that accompany the breakdown of boundaries (between teachers and students, higher education institutions, and disciplines) (http://p2pfoundation.net/Education_3.0).

Education 3.0 is a constructivist, heutagogical approach to teaching and learning.  The teachers, learners, networks, connections, media, resources, tools create a a unique entity that has the potential to meet individual learners’, educators’, and even societal needs.

Derek W. Keats and J. Philipp Schmidt further describe the individual components of Education 3.0:

Education

Wide diffusion of of e-learningGrowing interest in alternatives to teacher-centred approaches such as constructivism (Dewey, 1998), resource based learning, etc.Local, regional, and international collaboration to create repositories of educational contentAwareness for the need of recognition of prior learningIncreasing use of the Internet to find information and just in time learning

Social

Increasing use of information technologies in daily life and for social purposesIncreasing social use of online virtual spacesA new definition of self and society that includes computer mediated social structures, and people outside of one’s immediate physical environment

Technology

The widespread adoption of personal computers and the Internet (especially e-mail and the World Wide Web)The emergence of Web 2.0, including blogs, podcasts, social interaction tools, etc.E-Learning platforms or learning management systems that incorporate features of Web 2.0Free and open source software

Legal

The development of alternative licensing mechanisms to traditional copyright, which promote the use and reuse of (educational) content without requiring further explicit permission by the author or copyright holder or payment of royalties (http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1625/1540)

The one “organized” proactive movement that I know of that is promoting a model of Education 3.0 is Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design:

Connected learning taps the opportunities provided by digital media to more easily link home, school, community and peer contexts of learning; support peer and intergenerational connections based on shared interests; and create more connections with non-dominant youth, drawing from capacities of diverse communities.

http://dmlhub.net/publications/connected-learning-agenda-research-and-design

All of the pieces of an Education 3.0 are literally freely available for the taking, why aren’t those involved in the planning and implementing of schools integrating these ideas, tools and strategies into their systems?  The time for planning for Education 3.0 was actual yesterday, but doing it now is okay, too.

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The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers

The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Even as recently as twenty or thirty years ago, the people with influence were relatively easy to spot: the President or Prime Minister of a nation, religious leaders, CEOs, and probably your parents.

 

Their influence was based on a combination of position, experience, knowledge, wealth – and most importantly control of the channels of communication to the “people,” for to have power influence must be spread.

 

No longer – the influence landscape has already shifted dramatically and will continue to evolve.


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Annemarijs's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:06 AM

Wie heeft de macht in deze groeiende netwerksamenleving? Zij die de meeste invloed uitoefenen, maar zijn dat nog dezelfde die dat vanuit hun functie of geboorterecht altijd gehad hebben?

Alex Watson's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:39 AM

Interesting read.

Tom Hood's curator insight, October 19, 2013 11:29 AM

Great visual of the modern leader and to quote Jim Collins,m"we are moving from organizations well managed to networks well led." Essentially, the leaders of today will be more like association executives than command and control CEOs of the past. What do you think about this?

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We Are Teachers

We Are Teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors. (Be a virtual Supreme Court Justice.
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15 Free Social Media Tools for Teachers and Students | Online Free Tools

15 Free Social Media Tools for Teachers and Students | Online Free Tools | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Social Media tools can greatly enhance students creativity. It also facilitates teachers to easily engage students in interaction environment. Here're the free online tools that can be used for educators.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 8, 2013 11:41 AM

Internet can be used as the best classroom for students and teachers, where we've tons of facilities to take the advantages from, to enhance the students capabilities and to facilitate the teachers, There're social media tools to use and get educators into interaction environment.
Social Media tools for teachers and students are the online learning tools that enhance students creativities, facilitate the teachers, and to work collaboratively.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:55 AM

Gracias por compartir.

María Asunción Martínez Mayoral's curator insight, September 11, 2013 4:29 AM

Una guía muy interesante!

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How Technology Has Changed Our Idea of ‘Knowledge,’ and What This Means for Schools

How Technology Has Changed Our Idea of ‘Knowledge,’ and What This Means for Schools | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

The fact that knowledge is no longer fixed, but constantly evolving, and the speed at which new knowledge appears online have contributed to our sense of “information overload,” Weinberger said. And that leads to another way that our evolving sense of knowledge is transforming how we learn: We must learn to accept that true mastery is impossible.


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Diana Montes's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:18 PM

Conocimiento = adapatación, interesante artículo.

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redefine  true mastery

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Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A documentary film airing on public television in September explores the incredible work that students can produce when their passions and interests drive learning. (#SchoolRelevance #Pedagogy MT @MindShiftKQED: Is School Enough?
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26 Upcoming EdTech Conferences For The 2013-2014 School Year

26 Upcoming EdTech Conferences For The 2013-2014 School Year | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"As the new school year begins, it’s already time to start mapping our your professional development for the 2013-2014 school year. While the traditional pillars of curriculum, assessment, and instruction get the lion’s share of attention in professional growth plans, education technology–or #edtech–is increasingly common in PD as experienced teachers seek to integrate it more deeply, new teachers see what’s out there, and skeptical teachers can stand on the periphery and evaluate what they see."


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How technology has changed our idea of 'knowledge,' and what this means for schools

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How to Cite Internet Sources in Papers and References

How to Cite Internet Sources in Papers and References | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- r
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14 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year - New York Times (blog)

14 Ways to Use The Learning Network This School Year - New York Times (blog) | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
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2 Basic Ways How To Add Technology To Your Curriculum - Edudemic

2 Basic Ways How To Add Technology To Your Curriculum - Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
If you're looking to integrate social media or add technology to your curriculum, check out this pair of tips for some easy ways to get started.
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