*Tuesday Sessions

Tuesday AM Keynote
Allison Knox, Microsoft

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

30% of students who start hs don’t finish in 4 years
20% today’s workers don’t have skills for 60% of tomorrow’s jobs.

Innovation and imagination give an economy or a company that extra edge. Today’s wealth is generated by new ideas. From “Innovation Nation” by Gok Chok Tong Former prime minister of Singapore.

80% of voters agree that the things students learn today should be different than what they learned 20 years ago.

99% of voters agree we need to teach 21st century skills.

Dr. John Bransford
Principles About Learning and Understanding
1. Students come to the classroom with preconceived notions about how the world works.
2. To develop competence in an area of inquiry, students must: a) have a deep foundation of factual knowledge, b)understand facts and ideas in the context of a conceptual framework, and c)organize knowledge in ways that facilitate retrieval and application.
3. A “metacognitive” approach to instruction can help students learn to take control of their own learning by defining learning goals and monitoring their progress in achieving them.

21st Century Learning Does NOT Equal Technology

(Go to http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/ to see all the diagrams and more of the information she shared.)

In schools, we tend to tell students what they need to learn and when. Students need to figure out on their own what they need to learn and how they learn so they can function in the job world when they will be expected to learn information and decide what information they need to learn on their own.

Robust teaching and learning channelled toward higher level thinking and ultimately greater innovation.

Engaging Learners with Interactive White Boards
Here’s the flipchart from their presenation. It has some ideas we’ve seen before and some we haven’t.
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