21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning Links

Teacher librarians (TL) have used extensively in the past resource based learning (RBL). Teacher librarians implementing RBL have been able to introduce information literacy across the curriculum and facilitate resource-based learning activities to develop an information literate school community. Teacher librarians implementing RBL select learning resources to support classroom programs according to the various student learning needs and styles. The School Library Association of Queensland (SLAQ) (2008) provide guidelines for resource based learning.

21st century curriculum is a new paradigm for content delivery as it is based on learning outcomes and has a proactive student learning approach methodology. Students build collectively relationship networks while synthesizing information and demonstrating self reliance.

21st century student skills are collaboration, critical thinking, communication and problem solving.

21st century learning teaches students how to read words and images while they simultaneously communicate and interact. It provides strategies to engage students in thinking and knowledge construction. Several strategies that are useful are inquiry cycles, thinking routines, tools to make thinking visible, reflecting on understanding, building ideas and inquiry models.

21st Century constructivist learning (also known as connectivism )places more emphasis on the student as a learner than the teacher as an instructor. This means the role of the TL has expanded. The two examples of constructivist learning are inquiry learning and project based learning.

Inquiry based learning is defined in different ways by researchers and practitioners. The focus of inquiry-based learning is on the students using a range of skills and abilities to complete a task or solve a problem. Collins et. al. (2008) specifies five challenges for implementing inquiry based learning are motivation, accessibility of the investigation technique, background knowledge, management of extended activities and practical constraints of the learning context. Further information on inquiry based learning is available at www.thirteen.org

Project Based Learning (PBL) is not just group work. In PBL the students learn the content material while completing the project. PBL is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real life problems and challenges.

PBL Links

youtube video on PBL Project Based Learning

PBL Project Based Learning. BIE began to conduct professional development workshops to help teachers use PBL effectively. Demand for these workshops has grown over the years, especially since 2009, and now BIE National Faculty members conduct over 100 PBL workshops a year across the United States to K-14 educators. In 2009 BIE published the first volume in its PBL Toolkit series, the PBL Starter Kit. In 2011 it published the second volume, PBL in the Elementary Grades.

10 tips assessment -project based learning resource guideThis classroom guide is intended to inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. The tips are organized to follow the arc of a project. First comes planning, then the launch into active learning, and then a culminating presentation. Reflection is the final stage

Introduction to Project Based Learning

Online resource for PBL Welcome to PBL-Online, a one stop solution for Project Based Learning! You’ll find all the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students.

Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki, about 21st Century Teaching and Learning.This wiki is not just about the integration of technology into the classroom, though this is certainly a critical area, it is about shifting our educational paradigm. The world is not as simple as saying teachers are digital immigrants and students digital natives. In fact, we know that exposure to technology changes the brains of those exposed to it. The longer and stronger the exposure and the more intense the emotions the use of the technology or its content evokes, the more profound the change. This technology is increasingly ubiquitous. We have to change how we teach, how we assess, what we teach, when we teach it, where we are teaching it, and with what.

Designing your Project Design principles for effective Project Based Learning. PBL-Online will guide you through the development of engaging, standards-focused projects. When you are ready, you can download a Project Planning Form to write down your project plan. Or, log in to the PBL-Online Collaboratory to record your project ideas and share them with others.

Inquiry Based Learning Links

Inquiry Based Learning? One pedagogical approach to teaching and learning that many schools use is inquiry learning. The VELS supports an inquiry learning approach encouraging students to ask key questions for investigation throughout the domains.

Inquiry Learning page at the TL Center website has a vast amount of references on this learning theory framework. A list of these are: keywords regarding inquiry learning; reference books; reference journal articles; websites/web resources; essential open web resources and inquiry based lessons and strategies books, journals and websites. Guided Inquiry learning and teaching strives to make learning more interactive and connected to everyday students’ lives. As such, inquiry based learning is a more student centered way of learning that uses teachers as facilitators of knowledge. The intended audience for this wiki is educators. This wiki intends to supply educators with resources in which they can do further reading and research about the topic.

Guided Inquiry is carefully planned, closely supervised targeted interventions of an instructional team of school librarians and teachers to guide students through curriculum based inquiry units that build deep knowledge and deep understanding of a curriculum topic, and gradually lead towards independent learning. It is grounded in a constructivist approach to learning, based on the Information Search Process developed by Professor Emerita Dr Carol Kuhlthau’s extensive research over a twenty year period.

Standards for the 21st century learner. Inquiry provides a framework for learning. To become an independent learners,, students must gain not only the skills but also the disposition to use those skills, along with a understanding of their own responsibilities and self assessment strategies. Combined, these four elements build a learner who can thrive in a complex information environment.

21st Century learning Links

Dimensions of learning – Dimensions of Learning is a comprehensive model that uses what researchers and theorists know about learning to define the learning process. Its premise is that five types of thinking — what we call the five dimensions of learning — are essential to successful learning. The Dimensions framework will help you to maintain a focus on learning; study the learning process; and plan curriculum, instruction, and assessment that takes into account the five critical aspects of learning.

The institute for Habits of Mind – We welcome you to the Institute for Habits of Mind. Here you will be joining a network of people who are interested in learning about the Habits of Mind, developing the habits in their workplaces, and seeking opportunities for learning interdependently and internationally. This site is a dynamic resource providing services from certified Institute Professional Developers, products developed by people in the field, and facilitating the exchange of practices. Check out the free resources.

Effect of a Model for Critical Thinking on Student Achievement – This study investigated the effect of integrating Richard Paul’s model for critical thinking into a U.S. history course on community college students’ 1) abilities to think critically about U.S. history and about everyday issues, 2) dispositions toward thinking critically, and 3) knowledge of history content. This study also examined if age (under 22, 22 and older) or gender moderated the effectiveness of the instructional method.

21st Century Fluency Project An innovative resource designed to cultivate 21st century fluencies, while fostering engagement and adventure in the learning experience. This resource is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced educators and entrepreneurs who have united to share their experience and ideas, and create a project geared toward making learning relevant to life in our new digital age. Our purpose is to develop exceptional resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st Century. At the core of this project are our Curriculum Integration Kits – engaging, challenge based learning modules designed to cultivate the essential 21st Century Fluencies within the context of the required curriculum.


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