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2 Are you Ready for 21st Century Teaching and Learning?

3 When I Become a Teacher…..Teacher

4 “Computers in the future may perhaps only weight 1.5 tons.” Popular Mechanics, forecasting the development of computer technology, 1949

5 Why are 21 st Century Skills so important? What is the framework for 21 st Century Skills? How can we imbed 21 st Century Skills in core subjects? What should educators do to promote 21 st Century Skills?

6 “This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education… whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can’t think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, distinguish good formation from bad, or speak a language other than English.” How to Build a Student for the 21 st Century, TIME Magazine, December 18, 2006

7 Why are 21 st Century Skills so Important? 5 Reasons

8 1. Every one of our students is now competing in the new global economy. Why 21 st Century Skills?

9 2. The U.S. is falling behind. Why 21 st Century Skills?

10 Source: PISA, 2000, 2003 Courtesy of Cisco Systems 30th 25th 20th 15th 10th 5th 1st 2000 2003 OECD Ranking Ranking of G8 countries: 10 th grade math & problem solving 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Math Science Reading Problem Solving 24 th 18 th 24 th 14 th 18 th 15 th Why 21 st Century Skills?

11 3. The nature of work is changing. Why 21 st Century Skills?

12 20 th Century21 st Century 1 – 2 Jobs10 – 15 Jobs Critical Thinking Across Disciplines Integration of 21 st Century Skills into Subject Matter Mastery Mastery of One Field Subject Matter Mastery Number of Jobs: Job Requirement: Teaching Model: Subject Matter Mastery Integration of 21 st Century Skills into Subject Matter Mastery Assessment Model: Why 21 st Century Skills?

13 4. The demands of the 21 st Century workforce are different. Why 21 st Century Skills?

14 5. We need to prepare our students to be effective 21 st Century citizens.

15 20 th Century Education Model 21 st Century Skills Framework


17 21 st Century Model Geographic Content Analytic Thinking Global Positioning Software Geography 21 st Century Skills Framework

18 Every child must be taught: Core Subjects Learning and Thinking Skills ICT Literacy Life Skills 21 st Century Content These are the new “design specs” for education in the 21 st Century. 21 st Century Skills Framework

19 “Everything that can be invented, has been invented.” Charles Duell, US commissioner of patents, 1899

20 Student Expectation…. Today’s Students…. have never known “life before the PC.” How do we prepare our students for careers that haven’t even been invented yet?

21 Quotes from Writings & Presentations by Marc Prensky "When I go to school, I have to 'power down'" -- a high school kid "I don't want to study Rome in high school. Heck, I build Rome every day in my online game (Caesar III)." -- a high school student

22 “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

23 What about students of tomorrow?  They are even more connected!  70% of 4-6 year olds already have used a computer  and of those 4-6 year olds  50% play video games  38% can start the computer themselves  40% can load software from a CD. These children haven’t yet entered first grade !

24 No dear, you weren’t downloaded. You were born.

25 Millennials Want to Learn… Technology With one another Online In their own time In their own place Doing things that matter I-Generation

26 What impact should this have on education and the role of technology in education?

27 Digital Age Literacy Teach students for a world that exists now! Experiment with technology – Don’t be afraid to ask the kids for help! Bulletin Boards…or the World? –T– –Y– –T– –U– –S–






33 “Brain work will cause women to go bald.” Berlin professor, 1914.

34 21 st Century Concepts Bridging the “Digital Divide” Digital Natives / Digital Immigrants Flat Classrooms / Thomas L. Friedman School 2.0 / Jim Hirsch LOTS vs. HOTS Cyber Footprints Informational Bulimia Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts – What are they? – Visit http://www.commoncraftcomhttp://www.commoncraftcom

35 Learning Environment of the Digital Native Non-Digital Native Learning Environment Digital Native or Immigrant ?


37 Teaching Kids NOT to Believe Everything on the Internet “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus” What are mosquito ring tones?

38 “Maybe I’m wrong, but in 10 years, textbooks will be as outdate as the horse and buggy.” Thomas Edison, 1925.

39 From School 2.0. School 2.0 is a brainstorming tool designed to help schools, districts and communities develop a common education vision for the future and to explore how that vision can be supported by technology. School 2.0 provides a “big picture” perspective that allows for a common point of entry so that all community stakeholders can participate in this important conversation.School 2.0

40 21 st Century Teachers have… Convenient and better access to online professional development and support. Easy access to course management and collaboration tools. Reliable access to rich and relevant web-based educational content. Efficient communication with administrators, students, and parents. Access to experts across the world.

41 Shift Happens

42 Throughout history society has always struggled to come to terms with new technologies. At a teacher’s conference in 1703, it was reported that students could no longer prepare bark to calculate problems. They depended instead on expensive slates. What would students do when the slate was dropped and broken?

43 In 1815, it was reported at a principal’s meeting that students depended too much on paper. They no longer knew how to write on a slate without getting dust all over themselves. What would happen when they ran out of paper?

44 It took 50 years after the invention of the blackboard in 1820 for them to be accepted in the classroom.

45 The National Association of Teachers reported in 1907 that students depended too much on ink and no longer knew how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil.

46 According to the Rural American Teacher in 1928, students depended too much on store bought ink. They did not know how to make their own. What would happen when they ran out? They wouldn’t be able to write until their next trip to the settlement.

47 In 1950, it was observed that ball point pens would be the ruin of education. Students were using these devices; then just throwing them away. The values of thrift and frugality were being discarded. Businesses and banks would never allow such expensive luxuries.

48 When the solar powered calculator first appeared in the early 80’s it was banned. When students took laptops to school in the early 90’s, they were often confiscated.

49 The same thing is happening with cell phones. Why in the world would we want to ban devices like this in schools without first examining their potential as powerful learning tools IF they are used appropriately?

50 Bill Gates The Silent Epidemic “Why Kids Quit”




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