Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century

Educational Origami Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki about 21st Century Learning and 21st Century Teaching. Andrew Churches, Curriculum Manager Computer Studies & TLT (Teaching and Learning Technologies) Trainer offers a wealth of information and thought-provoking ideas about teaching and learning in the 21st century.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills offers 21st Century Skills Maps that were developed following much research and feedback from educators and business leaders across the nation. Find maps for the arts, geography, science, social studies, and English.

Today's Students
What are today's students saying about the use of technology in their classrooms? Check out Project Tomorrowfor Speak Up 2009 survey results, as well as presentations.

Here is a short video clip to "get you thinking." Panasonic Challenge in Education.

Professional Development Opportunities

Today's educators are looking for anytime, anywhere avenues of professional learning. Below are a few to get you started.

Free Technology for TeachersIdeas for technology integration in education; review of free technology resources and how teachers can use them

21st Century Learning/Will Richardson-A short clip of Will Richardson discussing the read/write web.

Twitter for Teachers-This wiki helps educators locate other educators with similar interests who use Twitter. If you are not familiar with Twitter, check out Twitter in Plain Englishand Twitter Search in Plain English from Common Craft.TweetChat-Monitor and chat about one topic, while filtering your Twitter stream

MA21stCenturyLearning-This wiki is home to articles and resources focusing on Web 2.0 applicatons and 21st century tech tools.

What Does the Network Mean to You?-Listen to and read about what educators via Voice Thread are saying about their experiences with networked/social learning.

Check out the YouTube video, The Networked Student, which "was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes during fall 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros' Networked Teacher.

The Networked Teacher-View a diagram of a personal learning network.

K-12 Online Conference-The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone.

Tools You Can Use

20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have-Laura Turner says, "Although, realistically, you would not use all of these technologies, you should be knowledgeable in what each of the following technology is and how it could be/might be used in a classroom." There are three parts to the article: Part 2; Part 3

K-12 Tech Tools Features more than 1,000 free online technology tools, categorized by subject, grade level, and standards. Teachers can share their own tech tools, success stories, and can learn from one another.

Skype Free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users
Video: How to Use Skype
Skype in the Classroom Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration.
Ideas for Using Skype in the Classroomoffered by Shelly Terrell
SkypeClassroomA Gadsden teacher offers tips for management and use of Skype in the classroom

Evernote According to the website, the goal of Evernote to give everyone the ability to easily capture any moment, idea, inspiration, or experience whenever they want using whichever device or platform they find most convenient, and then to make all of that information easy to find.

Zamzar Free file conversion tool; can create a paid account for more features

Jing-Try screencasting with this free software.

Prezi-Create presentations on the web. Prezi Public account is free.

DoodleOnline scheduling tool; requires neither registration nor software installation; basic service is free

Web-Chops Collect, organize, and share any content found on the web-
text, video clips, audio, flash applications and formsKeepVid Download and save videos from YouTubeKissYouTube Download and save videos from YouTube
Einztein-Find Free Online Courses-nonprofit organization based in Santa Monica, California, launched beta version of its library with more than 2,000 complete online courses grouped into more than 30 categories; find open curriculum content with a search function designed to narrow the hunt for video and audio lectures

Celebrating You, the Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Song: A Song for Teachers-You Have Made a Difference Brian Asselin and Eric Disero celebrate teachers in this original song.