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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.
Engage critical thinking, comparison skills, and 21st century learning while celebrating a beloved author. Each idea found here provides ways to incorporate beloved Rol Dahl titles and new learning mediums.
Students solve linear problems using point slope of type of equations. In this algebra instructional activity, students find the equation of a line given two points and no graph.
Digital Learning is any instructional practice which uses technology to enhance your students' learning experience
Students can learn more about technology through taking a look at the advances made in the last few decades.
Can a math teacher employ project-based learning? Learn how one great math teacher uses PBL to design math projects that provide learners with a more challenging and holistic learning experience. A wonderful article, that includes three math lessons which use PBL.
Explore communication techniques by using the latest video technology.  In this special education lesson, students 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.
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.
As we make great strides in technology in an increasingly globalized world, are we actually headed toward a century of eco-disaster and collapse? Listen as Ian Goldin, director of 21st Century School at Oxford, discusses the two Achilles' heels of rapid globalization: growing inequality and systemic risk. This is a valuable presentation for our young learners who will be responsible for the incredible consequences of technology and who will need great wisdom to support our future population.
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.
Students describe the harmful effects of drugs in our body. In this series of biology lesson, students research the structure and function of the different parts of the brain. They watch videos and discuss what they have learned about them.
Consider the images, ideas and words connected with America with your class as they design a new American passport for the 21st century that reflects an individual vision of and for America. Students reflect on the image of America portrayed by the "American Icon" passport and the power that such images have in creating a vision of America in the rest of world. 
Students consider what "modern" means and explore memories and opinions about the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They design or renovate a local building for the 21st century.
Learners 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.  Learners experiment with the different learning software to see which works best.
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.  
Fourth graders analyze how Kentucky's past is different from the present. They research why Kentucky was even explored and settles. What social issues face Kentucky now. Discussion lies on how Kentucky can be improved for the 21st century.
Students discover the affects of prescription drug abuse. In this drug awareness instructional activity, students use a scripted series of scenes for a play to understand facts and data concerning addiction in individuals and society. This instructional activity includes a project an assessment, web resources, and worksheets.
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.
Prom, Quiceanera, Rumspringa. After reading series of texts about traditions that mark the transition into adulthood in various cultures, class members debate the question, “In the 21st century, should certain rites of passage continue to be practiced?” and then use evidence from the texts to support their position in an argumentative essay. Designed as the culminating activity in a unit study of identity, the packet includes an overview of the entire unit, links to all articles, a mock trial lesson plan template, an essay rubric, and annotated sample essays.
Tenth graders research different myths about medicines and prescription abuse. In this health lesson, 10th graders can perform a script and discuss the various roles and opinions generated.  they create a poster to display their research. 

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