April 27

The Tempered Radical- (Story: “Skills Matter More than Tools”)

I’ve become a huge fan of “The Tempered Radical”- written by Bill Ferriter

(If I’m correct- His blog is part of the TLN: Teacher Leaders Network)

TLN- Teachers Leaders Network pic

His writings are very insightful and when he discusses education topics- he hits “the nail on the head”… and I haven’t seen him miss once- If you are not following his blog already- you should be! Here’s a link to it and the following article: http://bit.ly/eBgxzk

New Slide: Skills Matter More Than Tools

A few weeks ago, I wrote a bit that captured a good bit of attention titled Making Good Technology Choices.  In it, I argued that teachers need to check to see if the skills that they are spending time on in their classrooms pass the endurance-leverage-readiness test.

That’s a theme echoed throughout my technology book,Teaching the iGeneration—which was spotlighted on the Education Week website today.

Considering all of the positive mojo around the idea that skills are far more important than tools, I figured I’d whip up a slide that y’all could use in the work you’re doing to convince teachers to place their attention on good teaching instead of good technology.

Here it is.  Hope you can use it:

Essential outcomes Slide-pdf.

April 27

Preparing students with 21st century skills and learning

I’ve recenlty come across a great book called 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in our times. Although I haven’t finished reading it yet, it is really interesting and presents some interesting concepts- which really made me re-think the “what” that I am teaching… When we consider the ‘jobs’ we are preparing our students for, and even the ‘world’ they will have when they are adults (and if you are an elementary teacher like me- it’s even more of a s-t-r-e-t-c-h when you think about those 2 things…) We really need to be teaching them how to think critically because those ‘jobs’ do not yet exist in our world… and their ‘world’ will surely be different when we consider how quickly technology changes and the influence it has on our lives. (At times- this can be a scary thought for me… )

21st century skillshttp://www.21stcenturyskillsbook.com/index.php This is the link to the authors website-The authors Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel also have a blog; you’ll find the link on their website.

If you are a member of NEA – the National Educators Association- you can get the books for a discount through their website… http://www.nea.org/tools/37059.htm (here is the link to NEA’s post with information on the book and links to resources regarding the book and 21st century skills)

If you are interested in learning more about 21st century skills, there is a wonderful website called Partnership for 21st century skills- http://www.p21.org/ Educators can find resources here to increase students critical thinking, problem solving skills, and the four c’s the P21 believes students need to compete in the global economy.

Pearson Education also has a website for teachers and districts- click on the link for more information!  http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZhP4

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