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21st Century Learning in Curriculum


>>Teaching has always been a
challenge, but the new model of being a guide to knowledge
rather than the source of knowledge, creates
new challenges.>>It’s a little bit of a
daunting task for a teacher to think about what do
I need to teach them? I’m no longer the expert. What I’m teaching them
is going to be obsolete by the time they get
out of my classroom. So it’s the twenty-first century
skills that are important, teaching those, teaching
those students to really think critically
and be able to problem solve, to be creative, to
be innovative.>>In curriculum and
development classes at Abilene Christian University,
teacher candidates learn how to incorporate media
into lesson plans that build those
twenty-first century skills.>>They not only have
to identify the TEKS that their lesson’s going to
address, but they also have to address the NETS that
it’s going to address. And then we have another
evaluation tool called HEAT, which stands for Higher
Order Thinking, Engagement, Authenticity, and Technology. And each of those is a different
category and the higher up it goes, the more they’re
doing higher order thinking. The higher up it goes, the
more authentic the lesson is and is relevant to the student.>>The students in this class
are fellow teacher candidates who put each lesson
plan to the test and offer a critique
when it’s complete.>>I want you to type
in 2x plus 3 and then hit “okay” or “enter”.>>In addition to
being more engaging, technology takes
learning to another level. In traditional math classes, for
example, students are taught how to derive answers
by working problems, but they never gain
an understanding of mathematical concepts. By incorporating the
Geometer’s Sketchpad technology into her lesson, this
teacher candidate was able to bridge that gap.>>Her use of Geometer’s
Sketchpad actually allowed students to see the
equations, to see the slopes, to see the changes, and
to see how it applied to something real and authentic.>>What we’re going to
do today is go outside, and we’re gonna use our phones,
the cameras on our phones or iPads or iPods
and we’re going to take a picture of a tree.>>Mobile technology
allows teachers to remove the four
walls of the classroom. This teacher candidate found
a way to take advantage of that capability in
a biology class lesson.>>So now every student can
go out, can experience nature as it’s supposed to be, and
then come back and be able to research and identify
and collaborate together. And she did a good job of
combining her technologies, but also getting her students
to talk and to think together and that’s what we
want to see happen. I love the idea of
getting them outside. So you got them outside, you got
them in, you got them active, so they were, they were
involved in the whole group. I like using multiple
sets of technology, to keep them engaged
so, so all of that, all of that was very good.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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