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Web 2.0: The Machine is Us(ing Us) (4 minute video)external image pencils.jpg

Howard Rheingold for City Brights on 21st Century Literacies.
His opening paragraph asks essential questions for the future (and present) of education:

Will our grandchildren century grow up knowing how to pluck the answer to any question out of the air, summon their social networks to assist them personally or professionally, organize political movements and markets online? Will they collaborate to solve problems, participate in online discussions as a form of civic engagement, share and teach and learn to their benefit and that of everyone else? Or will they grow up knowing that the online world is a bewildering puzzle to which they have few clues, a dangerous neighborhood where their identities can be stolen, a morass of spam and porn, misinformation and disinformation, urban legends, hoaxes, and scams?

And here in a nutshell is the definition for 21st century literacies in plain English.

Voice Thread on Web2.0

This collaborative session is a fantastic illustration of teachers using web2.0 tools to discuss Web2.0. One thread of this conversation is that too often 21st Century Skills is seen as just technology skills rather than a whole set of skills.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_24/b4038405.htm chart: Who participates and What People are Doing Online.

21st Century instruction practices should reflect current societal trends in the ongoing digital evolution. Educational institutions can not afford to wait or ignore the instructional changes that are necessary for reaching the digital natives who contiune to sit unengaged in outdated classroom environments. Identify the skills necessary for students to be productive and successful participants in our ever changing 21st Century World.
21st Century Teachers!

Identified 21st Century Skills:
  • collaboration
  • content creation
  • deep understanding of subject matter
  • digital skills
  • self directed learners
  • critical thinking and innovation

Follow this link for Differentiated Integrated Lesson Strategies that Engage learners
"Provide them a Choice and They will find their Voice!"

* What is a wiki? A wiki is a website that anyone can contribute to. Instead of having a webmaster submit all the content, anyone authorized may post content. It is meant to be a collective, collaborative, changing, reflection of our knowledge. 21stcenturylearning.wetpaint.com

What is Wiki? Wikis in Plain English
Stuff to add to your Wiki! cap-chatter wikispace

Why use wikis in education?

  • Wikis encourage collaborative learning and information sharing
  • They increase student engagement and participation
  • Wikis facilitate communication between teachers and parents and guardians

This presentation identifies the important, disruptive shifts that are taking place, identifies the major obstacles and roadblocks that are being put up in an attempt to contain these changes, gives examples of how educators around the world are responding to them, and lays out a path for educators to re-envision what they do in their own classrooms.


Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants

How can Wikis be used in the classroom?

**Learing the Wiki Way** ways to use a wiki - Shangai American School.
This workshop demonstrates techniques for using a wiki as a more dynamic and interactive alternative to a class website, a substitute for pen and paper homework assignments, a forum for communication about class related topics, a way to hold online exam review sessions, and a comprehensive, collaborative, student created course study guide.

Wikis in the Classroom

**Teaching with Technology**- lessons using technology
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp online activities and interactive learning

Ideas on using web2.0 in the curriculum

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See in particular Resources for 21st Century Skills
http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p2520.14_ne.pdf West Virginia Policy Document
example of a lesson plan on Alabama Learning

http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=12003 (Fractions in cooking Year 5)

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