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Instructional Technology Strategies Conference
(ITSC) - February 17-19, 2008
Engaging Students with Authentic Technology Projects
Sun., 2/17/08 7:30-8:30 pm
Colette Cassinelli -
Embrace 21st century strategies to create an instructional learning environment that moves away from teaching isolated computer skills towards an integrated thematic approach. Come learn how you can combine everyday productivity tools with Web 2.0 to support curriculum integration and collaboration.
The National Technology Standards for Students (
) recommends that educators
establish new learning environments
real world opportunities
for students to
utilize current information and technology resources
The American Youth Policy Forum
(2000) instruction in today’s high schools must change. Disengagement from the learning process is a widespread problem in high schools as students do not perceive how lessons are relevant to their lives.
The American Youth Policy Forum reports that lecture style classes continue to dominate classroom instruction and content is divorced from the real world. Schools
need to embrace new strategies for learning
based on current research of how students learn,
implement effective uses of technology in the classroom
develop “21st Century Skills”
while maintaining a rigorous academic curriculum (Burkhardt et al., 2003
It takes vision and planning to engage students in authentic learning experiences. Teachers must
identify which instructional strategies are most effective
and understand how to
infuse technology into lessons with real world applications.
Instead of asking the question “What technology skills must students have to face the 21st century?” should we not be asking “What thinking and literacy skills must students have to face the 21st century?” These skills are not tied to any particular software or technology-type, but rather aim to provide students with the thinking skill and thus the opportunity to succeed no matter what their futures hold.”
Curriculum is designed from the best practice approaches to teaching and learning found in
Understanding by Design
The Essential Questions for the 21st Century Learner are:
How do you know information is true?
How do you communicate effectively?
What does it mean to be a global citizen?
How do I learn best?
How can we be safe?
These questions speak to
. They emphasize the value in responsible behavior and knowing yourself as a learner.
Career Unit - Based on John Holland's six personality traits
critically evaluating, analyzing, communication
Table of Holland Traits
Social Jobs Earnings
(Del.icio.us - bookmarks)
Photos of Career Fair and computer class
Artistic Jobs photoshow
Career Unit plan
using UbD (Understanding by Design structure)
The Career Interests Game
(University of Missouri)
Sample Self Assessment Exercise
Lunch Nutrition and Recycling Unit
analyzing, communication, evaluating
Google shared spreadsheet for data collection
Motivational posters of lunches (right -->) from Flickr and
Lunch waste recycling poster
- (with real lunch photos)
Lunch Photo Assignment
Comparing Ideal and Actual Lunches
House Bill Letter
House Bill podcast
| remixed as
Audio edited with
Nutrition / Waste Recycling Resources
Nutritious Lunch ideas
Reuse Recycling = Waste Reduction
Other Classroom Activities:
TOP 100 TOOLS FOR LEARNING 2007 -
Valiant Pride: New student edition
- a newspaper that my students designed for new incoming students (samples:
Search Engine Extravaganza
- PowerPoint presentations to teach our school community about unique search engines
Meta Search Engines
BE SAFE ONLINE!
Projects made by students to discuss online safety (including chat rooms, cyber bullying, online profiles, photo sharing, etc)
to store document sources used in projects
Samples of projects
made on blogs, Flickr, and Google presentations (work in progress)
Curriculum Review Quizzes
- Note: action buttons and hyperlinks do not work on slideshare - you must download the PowerPoint first
US History test review
uploaded to Slideshare.net (can embed the shows on a wiki or webpage
Global Studies Quiz
uploaded to Google presentations (can embed the shows on a wiki or webpage or you can invite others to view presentation and display a CHAT window during the presentation)
Mission Possible: Web 2.0
- a class wiki to explore new Web 2.0 tools (work in progess)
Peace Day 2007 video
Note: Some of the lessons in this session are based on activities that I designed for my Action Research Project for my MA in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Three complete thematic units are located at
American Youth Policy Forum
Best Jobs for the 21st Century, 4th Edition
by Michael Farr. ©2006 JIST Publishing, Inc.
enGauge 21st Century Skills: Literacy in the Digital Age (Burkhardt, G., Monsour M., Valdez, G., Gunn, C., Dawson, M., Lemke, C., et al., 2003) North Central Regional Educational Laboratory and the Metiri Group,
National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S)
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