The Pondering Pixel

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Posts with topic 21st Century Skills:

Haiku Deck and Presentation Creation

Haiku Deck is an iPad app that deserves some attention because of the noble mission of its creators. In their words on their website "We yearn for the fabled day when the words, “Let me just fire up this presentation,” ...fills an audience with eager anticipation instead of all-consuming dread." Truly, this is an app that should be installed on the iPads of any student or teacher displaying 21st Century skills in the 21st Century classroom.more

Will the Concept of Classroom Change Forever?

Microsoft's Research wing houses an infinite number of technology possibilities that will never come to market, primarily because of cost issues. I am fairly sure this one, called Illumishare will be different as its components are tried and true technologies already with us: a camera, projector, computer and Skype. As 21st Century classroom technology in the purest sense it will enable the walls of the traditional classroom to melt away alongside the walls that surround countries, cultures and concepts. The push for 21st Century skills acquisition is inspired by the emergence of technologies such as this that will demand we collaborate as citizens of the world rather than simply members of an office team.

Classroom Furniture Imitates Life

Identifying trends enables foresight. Sometimes those trends appear in obscure places and people don’t make the connection. For example, in education circles, what’s to be learned by looking at the kind of classroom furniture being manufactured these days? I think it is something significant.

Perhaps it is best to first consider that US colleges and universities,the ultimate destination of many of many K-12 students, are now seeking to "host the discussion" rather than simply house the genius. In other words, they want to be the facilitators of innovation. It takes student collaboration to achieve this.The ability to work successfully in groups is a 21st Century skill and is not innate simply because we're human.more

Figment.com in the 21st Century Classroom

I sat next to a teenage boy on my Seattle ferry ride yesterday who composed rap lyrics on his cell phone. Looking over his shoulder out of the corner of my eye I could almost hear the beat as I marveled at his need to create and share instantly with his friends. For the remainder of the ride he received multiple text messages from those friends--affirmations for the most part. Friends are like that.more

Writing Implements Come in Multiple Forms

Discussion and debate surround the Oregon Department of Education’s decision to allow “spell check” to be used by students taking the state writing exam online. Proponents claim such a move is part of the natural evolution and represents how students will write when they move on to college and the workforce. Critics see this as another example of our system of education lowering standards and caving in to technology.more

Navigating Social Media is a 21st Century Skill

Jeffery Rosen’s recent article in the New York Times provides the best evidence for my contention that navigating social media is indeed a 21st Century skill. Therefore, in addition to supplying classroom technology like projectors, 3D software, whiteboards and document cameras, a mandatory middle school course with refreshers in high school should be developed and implemented in classrooms across the country.more

Video Gaming is not a Crime

I just had to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the Cub Scouts decision to offer a merit pin for video gaming. I chuckled out loud when I saw it was a CNN headline and even louder when I saw the responses from readers--most of which were horrified. I just noted the parallels to debates in the world of 21st Century Skills and the 21st Century classroom and the polarizing affect technology has between those for whom its use is as much a part of their existence as getting dressed in the morning, and those with much less techno savvy and far more opinions about the lost youth of the upcoming generation.more

Wan2tlk About Poetry?

I thought I’d tag this on to my last blog post about the cultural divide between so called “digital natives”(our current generation of students) and the digital immigrants (their teachers). Many educators don’t necessarily accept the idea that in the so called 21st Century Classroom where all technology, even which previously considered taboo should be should be incorporated into the curriculum.more

Win $100,000 for your School

Whether your school is big or small, public or private is irrelevant in this contest. All schools in the US are eligible to be a Calling All Communities champion.more

It all Begins with a Lesson Plan

I’ve officially been dubbed the grant guru at my son’s school and it’s not because I am a seasoned grant writer, but rather because I’m a rabid somewhat web savvy mom on a mission to keep the dream alive and the school open. I’m unearthing the treasures buried in government and corporate web pages out there and since all of our readers have an interest in incorporating classroom technology to reach 21st Century Classroom aspirations, I thought I’d share the wealth when it makes sense.more

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