Sunday, April 20, 2014

The study Maine teachers did on technology in the classroom, collaboration was identified as the key to the use of technology. Here is an article that confirms our findings. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Collaboration is increasing among school librarians, teachers
School librarians and teachers have experienced more collaboration as school libraries become centers
for research and technology-based learning. Librarians' evolving roles include 55% of librarians saying they teach students skills needed for the Common Core State Standards, and 60% of librarians reporting they recommend and/or obtain common-core-aligned instructional and resource materials. "Their role has really evolved, based on the inclusion of technology and the focus of the curriculum and the Common Core," said Kathleen Brantley, director of EdNET Insight. eSchool News (free registration) (4/14)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Here is a great article that clearly demonstrates how 21st century skills are taught in this instructional format. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

How project-based learning teaches 21st-century skills

Some educators at a school district in North Carolina are adopting project-based learning in their classrooms. In this commentary, teacher Meredith Licht shines a light on PBL in some of the district's schools. "PBL is an essential tool educators can use to teach the four C's of 21st century skills -- critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity," she writes.
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