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21st Centure Learning-Cheryl Lemke

October 29, 2007

21stCentury Learning-By Cheryl Lemke

This session at the T + L Conference on October 17th was live blogged–these are my notes taken during the session.  Here is the link to Cheryl Lemke’s website, www.metiri.com, and if you click on her link called presentations, then you can see her slides at  http://www.metiri.com/presentations/documents/TL2007.pdf.  What I liked about this session was the practical flow and advice with which to implement a 21st Century plan.  The flow from Awareness, through Innovation and then to System Design is a practical way of moving along the continuum of change.  Change is a tricky endeavor.  But this plan offers cohesion and balance.  Bottom line is engagement.  Authentic engagement auditorily and visually.  Active learning is the key.  This is key to any learning environment, isn’t it?  That is not new information.  But together with the 21st century skills, engagement can mean so much more. Below are my notes, and some thoughts along the way.  My thoughts are in the bold. 

Zone of optimized learning

flat world

how people learn

digital innovations

 These are all related to the idea that as a result of all of these ideas, we can create a zone of optimal learning.   

Digital tools are there but you need the ingenuity to use the tools wisely

How people learn-cognitive sciences, how people learn, we learn better when we learn with understanding.  When we get it, when the teacher gives an opportunity to get the conceptual understanding and teaching for understanding.  Marrying prior knowledge with what we learn. 

Meta-cognition-you need to interact with what you are thinking with your learning.  <Isn’t this what we are always going for? And technology integration gives to us if used seamlessly in conjunction with our pedagogy>

21st century learning is about this topic and teaching kids to interact.

The How?….

awareness campaign—what, why

Innovation—look, listen, and spotlight,  find the fit. 

data and 21century = innovation

System Design—Stage the system for success—-incrementally scale, assess and improve.

Have to change the curriculum and instruction to align to this structure.  classrooms, whiteboards, structures……we need to change the structure.  What kind of learning environment do we want to wrap our arms around?

The What…..

Critical thinkers

Self directed learners

engaged learners

collaborators

technology leaders

Vision…….

Forward thinking

Collaboration and commitment

Vision to practice—give the board the data about the flat world

What does it mean to be “educated “ in the 21st Century?

Partnership for 21st Century Learning website

Typical starting points: 

~        Critical thinking and sound reasoning

~        collaboration

~        self-direction

~        Interacive, effective communication

~        Multimodal Learning-Informed consumer, designers, composer, and producer; visual multimodal thinker

Go to the Harvard website for cool videos about cells and stuff.  Multimedia production site.  free.

Brain research that visualization and thinking and learning all connected. <We know this but all too often we see that our schools or classrooms are in the sit and git mode><Early childhood and elementary have it right as they teach those reading strategies such as making connections, and visualizations> We take things in two different channels.—visual and text.  Or else you get cognitive overload with too much text and sound. 

Active learning is the key.  Create a concept about the topics learned………have them create it, and have it be visual. 

Develop products using media. 

Using movies, for explaining other content

Show students what quality looks like.  <Such a great idea-set the bar high and show what you mean when you set those expectations–students will rise to the expectations and also rise above if you set the bar high and give them the tools to create>

multi-modal learning 

Choose a thinking skills curriculum.  Keep it sustainable and systemic.<Such as Marzano, or even Thinking maps><The point is to keep the thinking and the metacognition about the thinking levels moving across the grade levels.  We need to teach the students the thinking process, not the graphic organizer>

Self-directed learning is key..  most key in learning…………ways to promote self direction—

Teachers need to build capacity for students to be self-directed.  We want kids to be interested in the work they are doing.  If you want self-directed learners, and if you are in a class for two years in a row where self-direction is inhibited, then they will lose it.  <This is huge.  This is why we need equity among classrooms and the professional development to go along with the process.  It isn’t adequate for a student to get an engaging and 21st century classroom one year, and then a traditional classroom with no access the next year.  There must be a standard>

are they authentically engaged…….? 

www.metiri.com   go to presentations.

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