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Create 21st century learners by utilizing technology and library databases. Scholars explore the concept of comic books as literature and create a superhero who could uniquely solve a 21st century global issue. Databases such as SIRS are used to research and comics are posted to a class wiki.
Explore communication techniques by using the latest video technology. In this special education lesson, young scholars create a video discussing their own social goals for the future. Students utilize Flip Video cameras to document their behavior (autistic, and social anxiety disorders) and analyze ways to work through their disadvantages.
Nothing says 21st Century Learning Skills like an internet based collaborative learning lesson focused on using technology to compile and synthesize information. An embedded video shows you what collaborative learning in high school can look like and the procedure will help you employ such a lesson in your class. In groups, learners research, communicate, interview, compile, and disseminate information on a topic of their choice.
Middle schoolers work in groups to research how humans impact living systems. After selecting a topic the group feels is interesting and urgent, they use the media center’s resources to collect data and prepare a three-minute iMovie public service announcement about their topic. This richly detailed 21st Century learning activity requires a set up with your school librarian or media specialist.
Here is a great app that has tons of potential in helping your child or student with severe to moderate autism, or other intellectual disability, learn words and concepts using research-based methods. Children with autism or PDD NOS have been known to respond well to repetitive or predictable stimuli such as that seen in ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis). This app uses classical conditioning by way of conditional stimulus and conditioned responses to support vocabulary and language development.
Learners in grades four through eight discuss, engage, and interact online to better grasp the concept of media. They will identify types of media, deconstruct media, understand how they personally use or interact with media, and work to build digital literacy skills. Two videos, a ton of great discussion questions, two activities, and a handout make this a great resource for teaching your 21st century learners.
Students discover the affects of prescription drug abuse. In this drug awareness lesson, students use a scripted series of scenes for a play to understand facts and data concerning addiction in individuals and society. This lesson includes a project an assessment, web resources, and worksheets.
Now that your kids know everything about the world around them, it's time to get them familiar with the importance of connecting and communicating with other people using digital technology. They engage in two different activities that help them reflect on all the ways technology helps them research, connect, collaborate, and create. The lesson is very well thought out and addresses many facets of digital literacy and online safety.
Focus on building strong technology skills while teaching basic scientific concepts. Fourth graders work with the school media specialist to research, collect digital images, and create a multimedia presentation on food webs. They connect the food web to ecology and integrate technology to share what they know.
Students discover the Internet by participating in on-line educational activities. In this educational technology lesson, students utilize interactive story books, podcasts, and games to help expand an understanding of phonics. Students experiment with the different learning software to see which works best.
Have your learners reflect on their learning styles as they discuss learning styles of others. They will follow different types of directions to test their own strengths in an analysis of styles and then compose a reflection of their results. Tip: Great begining of the year activity.
Students participate in class discussions about their strengths, weaknesses, skills, and abilities. In this personal growth lesson, students reflect about themselves and what they will be like, twenty years from now. Students write a letter to their future selves, write a personal epitaph and create a timeline for their lives within this lesson.
Pupils research a given country, compile the information, and write a final report. Individuals then use their research to write speeches which they present to the class. Note: Technology is incorporated into the process, making this a good resource for 21st Century learning skills.