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The 21st century is here. We are 10+ years in. It's time to accept the challenge, take risks, and do whatever it takes to prepare our children for tomorrow's world.
An educational system to serve the old, industrialized society will no longer suffice! Our children will be working jobs that are yet to be invented.
Almost everyone wants our schools to be better, but almost no one wants them to be different. ~ Dr. Tommy Bic
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. ~ John Dewey
'Academic rigor = higher order thinking = creating, analyzing, and applying'
Peter Pappas, Project Foundry Conference 2009
"Students aren't UNmotivated, they are DIFFERENTLY motivated."
"Isolation is the enemy of innovation."
Tony Wagner, Edustat University 2009
"You can't standardize differentiated instruction."
Chris Lehmann, Science Leadership Academy
"Not all kids are middle class, but ALL assessment tools are."
Samuel Betances, ISASTC February 4, 2010
In order to innovate in education, you have to break some of the old rules.
(ie. cell phones in school, back channeling, collaboration, etc.)
Research supports and demands educational change!
How come so many people understand the need for change,
but so few are willing to change when it is their turn?
Many say that our current educational system stifles creativeness.
Solving problems, being creative, and garnering attention for one's work are very important 21st century skills.
"Rockin' Baby" video
strikes me as being very creative.
It's worth watching!
And here's another even more amazing video:
Sour's 'Hibi no Neiro'
Field Guide for Change Agents
(collaborative SlideShare from Educon 2010 led by @benhazzard)
21st Century Perspectives on Teaching, Learning, and Technology (slideshare presentation by
ECOSYS Education Wiki
(Monday nights on Twitter--use hashtag #ecosysedu)
Educational Quotes for the 21st Century
Video: A Brave New World Wide Web by David Truss
Educational Change Toolkit: Change & Technology in America's Schools (for Administrators and School Board Members
Learning Technology Centre: Transformative Change in Higher Education
Edutopia: What Works in Public Education
eSchool News: Technology News for Today's K-20 Educator
Alan November from eSchool News: "Americans kids are just oblivious" to what is being studied in European and Asian classrooms and universities, he said, adding that U.S. students "could understand different points of view" through the web.
NCTAF: National Commission for Teaching in America's Future
Creating Learning Teams, Professional Learning Communities (PLC), and Changing the Roles of Teachers, Administrators, and Students
Amplified Organizations: 2020 The Future of Learning
Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning by Charles Schwahn & Beatrice McGarvey
Passion-Driven Classroom by Angel Maiers & Amy Sandvold
Readings (Blog Posts, Journal Articles):
A New Educational DNA (from Connected Principal's Blog)
Transforming American Education Powered by Technology
Teachers as Master Learners (blog post by Will Richardson)
CrowdSourcing Educational Change (blog post)
If Your Kids Are Awake, They're Probably Online (NY Times article)
"What can we do to make learning, education, and our schools a place of wonder and imagination?"
Harry Potter and Public Education (from the TWAIN Blog)
" . . . bubbling with frustration about the state of formal education, and equally angry about his powerlessness to exert change within it."
Affecting Educational Change
Cole Camplese's "Worksheet Nation" Blog Post
It's Not About Us: Stepping Outside of Our Comfort Zones (Blog Post)
from: Exploring Innovation in Education
Innovation – The more the term is used the less it seems to mean
What Questions Should School Boards Be Asking about 21st Century Learning?
The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital World
Please Turn On Your Cell Phone
Flux: The Innovation & Education Blog
"No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the industrial age."
Quote from Report:
Building Skills for Employability in the 21st Century
by Microsoft Europe (
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2011 TechForum Chicago Keynote: Leading Schools with Digital Vision in a Bubblesheet World
from Fuel for Educational Change by Wes Fryer
Alvin Toffler on Education
The Networked Student (Great video! Imagine your students/children learning this way!)
Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences (from Edutopia)
12 Angry Teachers (Part 2) -- Tenure Meeting on Teacher who uses Inquiry and Constructivist Methods
Colleges Must Change (Kaplan)
The Connected Classroom Video (created by Kristen Kohanson)
3 Steps for 21st Century Learning
Did You Know? NCTAF Video: Future teacher availablility requires change. Another reason to seize this opportunity!
The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) challenges the nation to provide every child in America with 21st century teaching.
When I Become a Teacher
No Future Left Behind (video produced by Suffern, NY Middle School Tech Club's student, edited by Peggy Sheehy)
Inspiration: Nokia -- Fourth Screen
Project Foundry: Project Based Learning Management and Student Portfolio Builder
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