Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Futuristic Vision for 21st Century Education

Are we preparing students for the 21st century?  Here is a thoughtful reflection on what our students need, courtesy of ASCD Express.

"The Information Revolution
At best, the current thinking about school reform gives only a token nod to the unprecedented access and connectedness that the Internet represents. Most educators are content to simply label this remarkable global portal as "technology"—just another tool. Even those who call for teachers to integrate technology into their daily practice imagine such reforms as incremental rather than transformative.
All of this ignores the shift triggered by web 2.0—a human revolution more profound than the shift from hunting to agriculture or the advent of printing and mass literacy. The emergence of a pervasive, collaborative, global virtual environment has changed forever what it means to be a good teacher, an effective school leader, or a well-educated 18-year-old.
There will be more information distributed in this year alone than there was in the last 5,000 years. Although some of it may be without much value, the pace of discovery and the volume of new information is mind-bending. When information was scarce, we went to school to gain access, and the locus of control for learning resided in those who possessed the knowledge, teachers and those who dictated the curriculum. Now information is abundant and easily accessed by anyone, anywhere with a web browser and Internet connection.
As educators, we need to realize that learning can now take place 24/7, with or without us, and that young people come to school knowing much more than we do in some areas. They have the potential to learn anything they want to learn at any time they want to learn it. Therefore, instead of focusing on the content, we really need to focus on what it means to be a learner and how to help students learn deeply and most effectively. We need to model metacognition and demonstrate the value of thinking about thinking. We need to lead them to think deeply and help them understand how to synthesize and analyze and to create—to operate in Bloom's realm of higher-order skills."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Must See for Free - Meshing the Common Core

eSchool News Logo
2011 Free Webinar Series
Common Core Standards Call for Uncommon Shifts in Practices

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsor: SunGard K-12 Education

We are continuously challenged to meet the demands of the 21st century.  After many years of putting research into action, we finally have a national set of standards that is far reaching and will help us to provide rigorous curriculum, instruction and assessment. Most districts have already been aligning their curriculum to their own state standards. The Common Core will have implications for the work that has already been accomplished.  This webinar will provide some insights into what is new in the Common Core and how to build on what has already been done in your district.
After attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • "Unpack" the common core for its key elements

  • Develop a process for making system adjustments to curriculum maps

  • Consider the implications for developing performance based assessments

  • Facilitate conversations among teachers in Professional Learning Communities

  • Build Collaborative Strategies for Success


    Free Webinar - Register Now. Space is Limited!

    Register Now

    Webinar Speakers:
    Bena Kallick, Ph.D.
    Education Consultant

    Bena Kallick
    Dr. Bonnie Troxell
    Berks County Intermediate Unit 14, Berks County, PA

    Dr. Bonnie Troxell

    Sponsored by:
      Powered by:

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Resources for Lessons on Japan's Recent Earthquake - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

    • Where to find resources to help students process the devastation in Japan: Following major crises, such as last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, students will inevitably have questions or need help processing the events, says educator Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben. In this blog, she offers several free Internet resources to help guide lesson planning and answer students' questions. Yahoo! (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
    • A note on helping relief efforts in Japan, from Rick Stamberger, CEO of SmartBrief: If you or your company, organization or group want to help the Japanese people recover from last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami but aren't sure how to do so, InterAction provides options. An alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental aid organizations, InterAction has compiled a list of groups that are accepting private, corporate and group donations, along with some guidelines for the most appropriate ways to help. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

    Thursday, March 10, 2011


    The webinar scheduled for March 17 will be rescheduled.  

    Please check this blog for an update.


    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Free eSchool Webinar ! News Logo
    2011 Free Webinar Series
    Beyond the Classroom: Making Mobile and Social Learning Work in Schools

    Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
    Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT
    Duration: 1 hour
    Sponsor: Lightspeed Systems

    Are you increasing use of mobile devices? Rolling out new online tools? Trying to figure out how you can embrace collaborative learning safely? Join ed-tech visionary Kevin Honeycutt and Altanta Independent School District as they discuss what really happens when a district embraces technology. You'll get innovative ideas, practical tips, and best practice advice you can use to bring mobility and collaboration safely into your school. This webinar is targeted to both technology and curriculum staff.
    After attending this informative webinar, you'll have:

  • Inspiring new ideas for embracing collaborative learning and mobility in your schools

  • Best-practice advice for keeping mobile and social learning safe

  • Real-world suggestions and cautions from a district that serves as a technology integration demonstration site for Texas

  • Technical tips for ensuring that your network is prepared for new learning opportunities

  • Ideas for engaging students, involving teachers, and getting buy-in from administrators and boards


    Free Webinar – Register Now. Space is Limited!

    Register Now

    Webinar Speakers:

    Kevin Honeycutt
    Technology Integration Specialist
    ESSDACK, Hutchinson, Kansas

    Kevin Honeycutt
    Chrissie Allen
    Technology Integration Specialist,
    Atlanta ISD

    Chrissie Allen


    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    Guided Inquiry Unit - Librarian and Teachers:) Archived

    If you are looking for a model that is built on inquiry, technology, and collaborative reasoning, this is the webinar you should watch. 

    The link to the archived webinar is: 

    The webinar is an hour in length.  Be sure to watch it with a pencil and paper in order to take lots of notes. 

    The presenters have posted their e-mails with an invitation for viewers to call with any questions they have.