21st Century Learning Skills Teacher Resources
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What would you put in a time capsule? What would you take with you as you head out to colonize a third planet? A reading of Mitos B. Ramirez’s article Laser: Boon or Bane leads to a discussion of how current technologies might be used in the future. Groups are then asked to imagine future events and prepare a skit to present their ideas to the class.
Students explore transportation and communication. For this multi-cultural history lesson, students brainstorm, then compare and contrast methods of land, air, and water transportation today and long ago. Students work in groups to record information on a graphic organizer. A similar procedure is followed with the theme of "communication." Culminating homework projects are suggested.
Learners create a holiday calendar using ms word. For this technology lesson, students create their own calendar while learning basic Publisher skills. Learners use clipart, explore how to change fonts, and how to use templates.
Incorporate 21st century graphic design skills into an advanced line and design activity worksheet. 4-H'ers will have a blast using a computer graphics program to re-create an image, unscrambling design terms and matching them with definitions, and making over a bedroom by rearranging furniture and choosing color/fabric samples. This extensive set of design activities also includes service ideas, online resources, and leadership ideas for passing along acquired skills.
Students investigate, through interviews, personal reflection and research, the impact on the past, present and future of 20th century historic events in the United States.
You can spice up your science content by incorporating technology into your lesson plans.
Learners explore, examine and study August Wilson's 10-play series where each play focuses on a particular decade. They discuss each play in depth and then speculate on the possible plots for an eleventh play set in the 21st century.
Note-taking is an essential study skill, and it needs to be taught! In the context of a research project on energy sources, learners find multiple sources, evaluating, paraphrasing, and citing them correctly. Two lists with note-taking guidelines are attached. Consider joining them into one presentation with more color and engagement for your class. Model research using the essential questions. Groups write a persuasive essay on a specific energy source. This will need more scaffolding for some of your learners.
Students reflect on their use of technology for learning and communication both inside and outside of school. They consider how their math, science, and technology education is preparing them for future success. They discuss their opinions and findings with peers
Students investigate The First Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving lesson, students explore the experiences, actions, and decisions of the settlement of the Plymouth colony. Students research information, use timelines, and KWL charts to understand the reason for the journey to the New World.
Students plan an itinerary for an educational trip to Rome. In this research skills lesson plan, students use Google Earth to conduct research for their project in their travel teams. Students also set up blogs to share their progress through the project. The culminating project should be a multimedia tour that students share with their fellow classmates.
Students complete a technology integration project using Publisher. In this technology instructional activity, students use Publisher to create magazine activities for the American Revolution, indigenous cultures, California missions, colonization, and learn the basics of the program.
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.
What is the difference between a bystander and an upstander? A collaborative project created through digital media will help the class understand that they can participate in an online community respectfully and responsibly. They consider the impact of cyberbullying and how their language or actions can impact others. Then, in small groups, they create surveys to distribute, collect, and evaluate. They use the data they collected to create a campaign to stop cyberbullies. Note: The lesson plan is great, but it needs to extend to applications in the real world, bullying happens everywhere, not just in cyberspace.
Students get involved in a unique collaboration that enhances their knowledge of architecture and design. Develop organizer resources with others. They are engulfed into a world of architects and museum specialists to facilitate the appreciation of the demands and potential of technology.
Practice being concise. Exercise your vocabulary. Improve your editing skills. The contention in this lesson is that by imposing a 140 character limit, the Twitter format actually helps improve writing skills. And of course class tweets could be posted for you to view.
High schoolers examine the role of the United States in the Korean War. In this Cold War lesson, students research primary and secondary sources to find out why the United States was involved in the war and why MacArthur was removed from the commander position.
Students analyze public health issues. For this public health lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the health concerns and diseases of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students also interview medical practitioners regarding the topics prior to presenting the information to their classmates.
Young scholars examine the contributions of entrepreneurs from United States history. They read a biography of an American entrepreneur, and in small groups design and present a project related to their selected entrepreneur. As a culminating activity, students write an essay describing the characteristics of entrepreneurs from the past that would still be successful in the 21st century.
The National Broadband Plan, an effort to assure that every school, library, hospital, and home in the US would have high-speed Internet access, is the focus of a unit that examines the value and implications of such a plan. Groups look at the influence of the Internet on populist and political movements, investigate issues, and create presentations.