21st Century Learning in Action

In our discussion of teachers need to know the tools before they can expect students to know them has lead me to discover this fantastic blog.  In the entry “Thinking about Scale”, a fifth grade class from the George Hill Elementary school in Mobile, Alabama got the opportunity to collaborate with a fifth class from the Carol Morgan Elementary school in the Dominican Republic via Elluminate, a web-conferencing application tool.  Teachers were trained, as a part of Micorsoft’s “21st Century Learners Project”, to use the technology in their classroom.

This is exactly the kind of example that is a good showcase of what 21st Century learning looks like in today’s world.  These students, who have never met before in their entire lives, are learning together in an online medium about the same kind of content.  Collaboration with one another has created networking opportunities for these students as well as perspective on different cohorts of kids around the world.  Most of the kids from Alabama have come to realize that they are not so different and have most of the same interests too.  When I get my own classroom, I would like to set up something similar to this and get some more exposure and opportunities for my students.    

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2 Responses to “21st Century Learning in Action”

  1. I looked at the link about the Tinking about Scale classroom and it seems like that is the way of the future in education for me. That is what we are moving towards in schools plus life. Not only do the studetns need to be able to communicate with people all over the world, but when they become adults to know where to go to find people all over the world. I love the idea and wish I had some means of doing that in a math classroom.

  2. I too believe that this is the way of the future in education. I would love to have the freedom and capabilities to do something similar. Students need to understand that there is another place out there (besides where they live) and that students from different areas of the world are more likely than not just like them.


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