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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.
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.
What is an emergency, why is preparing for one important, and how can your pupils help others prepare for an emergency? Answer these questions and more with a short unit. Learners will participate in a variety of collaborative, inquiry-based, and hands-on activities to learn about disaster preparedness. Your charges will feel confident in their abilities to handle emergency situations after completing this unit and their own emergency preparedness graphic novels!
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.
K-5 teachers can blend fun and creativity into language arts curriculum when Common Core technology is involved.
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.
It may seem like an unnecessary lesson, but learning how to locate items in a library or Internet data base is a 21st Century must. Resource kids work with their librarian to identify, understand, and locate items in the library using call numbers. 
Knowing both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress Classification systems, and how to read their call numbers, facilitates information literacy, a critical skill for 21st century life. High schoolers, who may be familiar with Dewey, learn to navigate the LCC system, compare the two in a Venn diagram, and create call numbers for books and subjects in their class schedules. Links in the resource are missing; we've added 3 so everything you need is a click away.
Digital Learning is any instructional practice which uses technology to enhance your students' learning experience
Merge technology and wellness. Class members complete inquiry-based research on a personal wellness issue and create an annotated bibliography, uploading their completed work to their personal wellness websites. Prior to beginning, your class should have their own sites set up so they can upload and share their work. You might also benefit from a course management system; this resource uses moodle. You must register to view all lesson attachments.
Students can learn more about technology through taking a look at the advances made in the last few decades.
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 discover the Internet by participating in on-line educational activities.  In this educational technology activity, 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.
Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with disasters. Starting with a instructional activity series centered around researching the facts about different types of emergencies, children go on to create preparedness plans and learn how to respond in actual emergency situations.
Explore communication techniques by using the latest video technology.  For 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.
Fourth graders study the role of technology in agriculture. In this agricultural technology lesson, 4th graders spend ten to twelve days studying how technology affects agriculture. Students also are made aware of different careers in the agriculture and biotechnology field.
Students analyze their multiple intelligences and learning styles to find the best job. In this multiple intelligences lesson, students complete an information form and work with a group to create a group profile. They complete a project and reflection.  
Develop letter-writing skills by adapting appropriate language conventions according to context. Young authors will write standard friendly and business letters, and send a business e-mail to a state's Department of Tourism to request information. This could be made into a unit to promote communication skills.

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