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The 21st Century Classroom

Meeting Learners in Their World

Adam Ehrhart

on 25 August 2010

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Transcript of The 21st Century Classroom

Ideas for Integrating web 2.0 tools Web 2.0 tools allow students to create,
communicate, and collaborate Blogs Wikis Digital Storytelling Podcasts http://www.Voicethread.com Social Networking Real-time Collaborative
Software http://www.21classes.com/
http://www.WordPress.org http://www.weebly.com Photo, Video
and Presentation
Creation http://www.teachertube.com http://www.Animoto.com http://www.glogster.com http://www.Prezi.com Google Docs “Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.
Today’s students - K through college - represent the first generations to grow up with this new technology. They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Today's average college grads have spent less than 5,000 hours of their lives reading, but over 10,000 hours playing video games (not to mention 20,000 hours watching TV). Computer games, email, the Internet, cell phones and instant messaging are integral parts of their lives.” "Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures, "says Dr. Bruce D. Berry of Baylor College of Medicine. ... it is very likely that our students’ brains have physically changed - and are different from ours - as a result of how they grew up. But whether or not this is literally true, we can say with certainty that their thinking patterns have changed...
... today's teachers have to learn to communicate in the
language and style of their students.”
--From Marc Prensky's "Digital Nataves, Digital Immigrants" Our Learners' Changing Brains Students certainly
don’t have short
attention spans
for their games,
movies, music, or
Internet surfing.
More and more,
they just don’t
tolerate the old
ways—and they
are enraged we
are not doing
better by them. -Prensky
"Engage Me or Enrage Me" Engage your learners better with Web 2.0. Why Web 2.0? It’s social and interactive.
It’s free.
It’s relevant to the students' lives.
It’s about making connections.
It’s simple…probably more simple for the student than the teacher.
It can help make your teaching and assessing more effective.
It’s motivating, and for the most part, new to students.
It's the ability to integrate state of the art applications in the classroom.
It’s possibilities are endless.
It’s yours. But... Technology isn't the "answer" nor does it make teachers better.
Don’t throw out your curriculum.
Use technology to enhance and engage.
Technology integration is not the destination, it is the vehicle to get our students where we want them. Blogs Student Blogging Participation becomes a motivating factor.
Students feel sense of ownership.
Creating confidence
Bringing in new voices and ideas
Expanding the boundaries of the classroom Every student can articulate their thoughts on the essential questions on each unit without regard for space and with nearly limitless resources.
Students could build on their previous work, expanding on thoughts and exploring multiple paths.
Students could view and react to the work of their classmates.
Digital portfolios are easy to sort, present, and assess.
Tracking progress and engaging students in meaningful dialogue is incredibly easy.
Reflection became natural within a couple of weeks. Students take pride in their blogs
A wide audience could interact with the ideas presented by the students.
Blogging is more than journaling. It’s dynamic , flexible, engaging, and interactive.
Students can revise their work as their understanding of concepts becomes more developed. Google Docs Real-Time Collaboration
in your classroom and beyond. Forums Community
Sharing and showcasing
Asking questions
Breaking barriers

Wikis What is a Wiki?
The definition of Wiki, according to Wikipedia, “is a website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, typically without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.” How can I use a Wiki? Easily create simple websites, including a portal
Project development with peer review
Group authoring
Track a group project
Data collection
Archive and build on knowledge
Describe classes
Presentations SAMPLE:
Digital Storytelling wiki:
More information on Web 2.0 tools at:

Created on Prezi.com How Teachers, Principals and Students are Using
Google Docs The 21st Century Classroom
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. Plato by Adam Ehrhart http://www.wikispaces.com http://bit.ly/dpRc22 http://go2web20.net
60 Web 2.0 Tools in 60 Minutes: a Prezi by Michelle Hapich, Amridge Area School District 60 Web 2.0 Tools in 60 Minutes: A Prezi by Michelle Hapich
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