ABC's of the 21st cenutry Learning Environment

There’s a great article by Kimberely Ketterer  in the Dec/Jan issue of Learning & Leading with Technology.  As I read through the article, it was amazing to me how many of these topics I had talked with people about at either Discovery’s Leadership Symposium or Discovery’s National Institute.  The 2010 national institute is almost certainly being planned at this very time.  I would like to encourage all Arkansas STARs to register to attend what I consider to be one of the most cutting edge professional development opportunities available.

According to Ketterer, the following can be found in a 21st century learning and teaching environemnt:

Access to all technological tools needed for learning

Beacons of global asynchronous conversations

Confident universal engaged learners

Dynamic online information made available anytime-anywhere

Engaged cohorts of learners immersed in simulations

Forecasted possibilities of collaborative solutions to real-world problems

Global awareness through real-time participation inmajor events

Harnessed creativity through multimedia for authentic learning

Innovations encouraged by out-of-the-box thinking

Jpegs that augment reports and storytelling

Knowledge transfer across curricular areas

Legal and ethical discussions fueled by overproliferation of opinion and fact

Morphed teaching strategies from passive delivery to multisensory presentations

Networked video resources for worldwide information exchange

Opportunities to enroll in online courses

Production of analyzed and synthesized information presentations

Quantitative data showing increases in academic achievement

Responsibility for learning shifted fromsolely the teacher to mainly the student

Streaming video access 24/7

Transfer of technological skills that are seamless between tools

Ubiquitous access to the technical tools needed for learning and teaching

Virtual tours and immersive learning opportunities

Web 2.0 tools integrated across the curriculum

Xerox copies as an archaic practice

Zoning-out of learning is prohibited

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