This Interactive Whiteboard Challenge will run for 7 weeks initially, starting on Monday August 11th. Each week there will be a new task set by someone who is an experienced whiteboard user. They will present their challenge in whatever way they like - it might be a short video, a screen cast a podcast. You then need to go and use whatever they have presented in your classroom that week. Record your efforts and write a blog post about how you went. At the end of the challenge you will have 7 blog posts about your whiteboard practice, and lots of other blog posts on similar topics available to you to read. Title your blog post 'Whiteboard Challenge Week 1' etc or something very similar so it is easy for others to identify your post.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has joined up with the National Council for the Social Studies to produce the first-ever "21st Century Skills and Social Studies Map"--a sort of fleshed-out framework for that includes resources for integrating 21st century skills into social studies curricula.
High-quality coaching lies somewhere near the crossroads of good teaching and educational therapy. Done well, coaching can help you sort through your pedagogical baggage, develop or hone new skills, and ultimately find your best teaching self. Done poorly, it might turn you off to the entire notion of support. But what if it's not done at all?
The ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT®) is a FREE online tool that provides a set of questions to guide classroom observations of a number of key components of technology integration.
Research papers are a common reason for students to use the library and research tools. However, alternative assignments will also encourage students to utilize knowledge-based resources, think critically, and acquire research knowledge.
The 21st Century Skills and Social Studies Map, developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), demonstrates how integrating these 21st-century skills will help support teaching, while also preparing students to become effective and productive citizens in the 21st century.
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Welcome to the NETS*S 2007 Implementation Wiki
These three productivity factors serve as the basis for three complementary, somewhat overlapping approaches that connect education policy with economic development:
* increase the technological uptake of the workforce by incorporating technology skills in the curriculum — or the technology literacy approach;
* increase the ability of the workforce to use knowledge to add value to economic output by applying it to solve complex, real-world problems — or the knowledge deepening approach.
* increase the ability of the workforce to innovate and produce new knowledge and of citizens to benefit from this new knowledge — or the knowledge creation approach.