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Copy of 21st century learner

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frank alves

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Educating the 21st Century Learner
Initiatives for the Integration of Technology in Education Bridgewater State University
EDLE 672
Frank Alves
Joanne Boucher
Sarah Bulman
Jennifer Mills Organizations Leading the Initiatives
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)
The National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for Students
The Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations Partnership for 21st Century Skills(P21) Skills center around real world events and issues, technology, life skills, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. The merging of these skills is the hallmark of the organization.

Students learn to transfer their academic knowledge to real world contexts deepening their understanding through practical application. Initiative Leaders
The P21 is led by a board of council members consisting of leaders and professionals from the fields of business, education, and government who oversee the development of the framework and resources offered on the Route 21 website. National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) P21 is a national advocacy organization established in 2002 that:

Collaborates with government, business, education and community leaders to develop a framework that merges core academic skills with the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit association which was founded in 1979.

ISTE allows educators and educational leaders to join as members with the purpose of improving the advancement of effective technology use in K-12 classrooms.
ISTE developed the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) in 1998.

ISTE mission statement: "ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology education"

ISTE has been an integral part of creating the NETS and continuing to support teachers and educational leaders for over 30 years. Initiative Leaders

ISTE introduced NETS to provide frameworks for students, teachers, and administrators to effectively use technology that is available for that time.

The NETS Refresh Project asked educators, leaders and policy makers to revise the standards.

Thousands of stakeholders from the United States and other countries participated in the Refresh Project. The Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations
The Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations was revised in 2008 and approved by the DESE in April of 2008

It provides a set of guidelines for schools, describing what students should know and be able to do in order to use technology effectively for learning

It maintains the belief that computers should complement, rather than replace successful methods that teachers use to help students develop basic skills and understanding Incorporates the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy skills developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills; the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); as well as ISTE's 2007 draft NETS Refresh

Maintains that integrating the appropriate use of technology into the curriculum should enhance the learning of the content
Designed to help today's students take advantage of the power of technology and develop technology literacy skills to learn the content of the curriculum so they can thrive in their adult lives

The Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards fall into three broad categories: Standard 1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications, as well as an understanding of the concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity.
Standard 2. Demonstrate the responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media at home, in school, and in society.
Standard 3. Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.
Initiative Leaders
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) partnered with Partnership for 21st Century Skills and adopted the groups Policy makers Guide to establish the Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards.

The following two groups of board members are responsible for writing and reviewing the final document:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MTLC)-consists of educators and business leaders Similarities in the Three Initiatives
Promotes technology use through the development of standards and a framework.
Provides resources and tools to educators and administrators.
Solicits input from local, state, government, and international leaders, businesses, and educators to develop frameworks and standards.
Emphasize a set of critical skills students need to develop to succeed in a global economy.
Use of research based practices.
Provides on-line resources and tools.
Access to journals and articles.
Offer professional development.
Promotes integration of technology into education. Differences in the Three Initiatives
Focus is on integration of multiple disciplines/skills/themes including technology to real world outcomes.
Use framework to influence development of standards, assessments, and curriculum and instruction.
States can apply for the partnership. Businesses can become members or affiliates.
Educators can use resources and tools on website.
Technology focus that include six elements (skills).
Standards are used to incorporate technology into curriculum.
Educators/leaders can join as members.
Publishes own research journals.
Outlines 3 Standards related to technology education that correspond to the standards outlined in the other documents
Standards are used as benchmarks for student learning
All Massachusetts public schools are expected to utilize the information and develop curriculum.
Developed using P21 and NETS input for the state of Massachusetts. Local Districts Reaction to Initiatives

The following factors influence districts implementation of initiatives and standards:
Financial Resources/funding
Professional Development
Administrative Support
Planning time

Change is slow in all areas of education.
Technology has gradually moved toward the forefront as one critical component in education.
While it continues to move forward, the implementation of the initiatives by local school districts has not been observed.
The integration of technology in teaching is inconsistent.
Teachers lack the knowledge and resources to make learning practical by connecting academic skills to life skills, technology, and learning skills.
Though organizations and government agencies continue to make efforts to develop standards, local schools are struggling to implement these standards creating a disconnect between what is expected and what is done. Trickle Down Trend

A trickle down effect is evident with P21 and NETS being national organizations that disseminate information to state agencies such as MTLS. The MTLS used the resources available from these organizations to develop standards for local school districts.
Summary (P21)

The P21 is broad in its goals with information media, and technology skills being one important element in the framework. The other critical skills are recommended to provide a complete education experience that will prepare students to enter and succeed in the workforce.
This organization could be considered a primary source of information and resources used by states to develop standards. Summary (MTLS)

The MTLS can be considered a tertiary source as its standards are based upon the P21 and the NETS.
It has a narrow scope in that its focus is solely on the use of technology in K-12 education. Conclusion

The three initiatives offer resources and information to stakeholders at either the government, state, or local level.

The P21 and NETS initiatives can be used by states to create standards and to guide curriculum and instruction
P21 focuses on all components of teaching and learning.
The NETS also incorporates skills for teaching and learning but is more specific to technology use in schools.

The MTLS is specific to Massachusetts
Guidelines are based on the recommendations of P21 and NETS.
It offers standards to school districts to enable students to use technology to enhance learning.
Summary (NETS)

NETS includes the key elements recommended by P21, but its focus is solely on the successful integration of technology into K-12 classrooms.
It is primary to state organizations in offering information, resources, and recommendations to develop standards.
It is secondary to P21 in that it is not as comprehensive in scope in addressing all the skills required to receive a well rounded education.
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