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1 From Students to Learners: New Learning Environments for 21st Century Learners PowerPoint Slides at Bob Pearlman

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3 The four Cs Critical thinking and problem solving Communication Collaboration Creativity and innovation As the three Rs serve as an umbrella for other subjects, the four Cs do for other skills. The three Rs and the four Cs WE MUST FUSE THE THREE Rs WITH THE FOUR Cs.

4 What does 21 st Century Learning look like? Look For: 1.How are students working? What are they doing? 2.What tools do students have to do their work? 3.What new learning environments support their work?

5 Project- and Problem-Based Learning: Keys to 21st Century Learning To learn collaboration, work in teams. To learn critical thinking, take on complex problems. To learn oral communication, present. To learn written communication, write. To learn creativity, produce something original and useful. To learn technology, use technology. To develop citizenship, take on civic and global issues. To learn about careers, do internships. To learn content, research and do all of the above.

6 Student project teams at work in double-sized classroom at New Tech Coppell, Coppell, TX. Photo by Kate Jenkins. New Tech Coppell, Coppell, TX

7 Student collaborative project teams working in the digital media library, a project planning room, and in the corridor, some of the many extended learning spaces at New Tech Coppell. Photos by SHW Group, Plano, TX, and Kate Jenkins.

8 New Tech Coppell Primary Student Work Area Dual subject matter Learning Environment Presentation SpaceLarge Multi-Group Collaboration Zones Large Group SpaceLarge Multi-Group Collaboration Zones Extended Learning Spaces Corridor Alcoves Project Planning Rooms Media Library Outdoor Benches Specialty LabsScience Furniture Mix and match tables; office chairs; lounge chairs and sofas in Extended Learning Spaces

9 Learning Plaza prototype at New Line Learning Academy shows Learning Plaza divided in multiple ways for large group, small group, and individual learning. New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone, Kent, England

10 New Line Learning Academy Primary Student Work Area Learning Plaza Presentation SpaceLearning Plaza Large Group SpaceLearning Plaza Extended Learning Spaces Learning Plaza watering holes and caves Specialty LabsArt, Technology, Science FurnitureModular tables and mobile lecture style amphitheater seating

11 New Tech Coppell New Line Learning Academy Primary Student Work Area Dual subject matter Learning Environment Learning Plaza Presentation SpaceLarge Multi-Group Collaboration Zones Learning Plaza Large Group SpaceLarge Multi-Group Collaboration Zones Learning Plaza Extended Learning Spaces Corridor Alcoves Project Planning Rooms Media Library Outdoor Benches Learning Plaza watering holes and caves Specialty LabsScienceArt, Technology, Science FurnitureMix and match tables; office chairs; lounge chairs and sofas in Extended Learning Spaces Modular tables and mobile lecture style amphitheater seating Learning Studio

12 Some Cautionary Tales: It takes a lot more than physical design and technology to make a 21 st Century School UK Open Learning Environments – 1970s Massachusetts –New High Schools, mid-1990s NW England– new Learning Centres The big question: Are the teachers ready to teach in the new learning environments?

13 Putting it all together Embed 21 st Century Skills into Curriculum Do projects (PBL) Assess for learning through performance Learning spaces and environment Technology Get the teachers ready!

14 Contact Information Bob Pearlman 21 st Century School and District Consultant PowerPoint Slides at


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