Archive for December, 2009

ABC’s of the 21st Century Learning Environment

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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.

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 presen