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Pedagogy and 21st Century Classrooms

Tutorials for 21st century technology that every teacher should know

A Vision of Students Today video

Students in Colorado classrooms are millennials, unlike any generation before them in their access to technology and their need of information literacy skills. According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills , students must learn both core and 21st Century content within a 21st century context. The literacy needed for this challenge combines 21st Century learning skills and technology tools. Resources within the 21st Century Information Fluency Project .

Creating the 21st Century Classroom -Articles from eSchool News

Article to Read: 21st Century Skills 21st_Century_Skills.pdf

Reflect: Are we meeting National Technology in Education standards ?




Critical Thinking

Support your students in asking deeper level questions.

Revised Bloom's Taxonomy- IMAGES BloomsIMAGES.pdf

Higher Order Thinking Verbs Blooms_verbs.pdf

Note: Bloom's Taxonomy recently changed


Diffusion of Innovation

Wikipedia States :
"Diffusion of Innovations is a theory of how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. Everett Rogers introduced this theory in his 1962 book, Diffusion of Innovations. He defines diffusion as "the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system."


Websites on Essential Questions (Supports Critical Thinking)

A Questioning Toolkit
This site is a general site about the power of planning instruction around different types of questions. There is a specific link to Essential Questions with many quality examples.

Using the Internet to Promote Inquiry-Based Learning
This is an e-paper that describes an effective approach to using essential questions in the context of inquiry-based research projects. Additional links appear at the end of the article.

Criteria for Creating Essential Questions
This link lists criteria for developing essential questions using the Understanding by Design model. It also gives examples of essential questions.

Developing Essential Questions / Building an Inquiry Based Unit
This site details successful methods for creating inquiry-based units. Included in the website is a description of the components of essential questions.

Developing Essential Questions
This site gives some pointers for developing essential questions. No examples are given, but the definitions are clear.

The question is the answer: Creating Research Programs for An Age of Information
Jamie McKenzie site about the importance of questioning in the building of units. Examples, with links to other sites. User-friendly!

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School: Curriculum Assessment School-Wide Essential Questions
Examples of school-wide essential questions that are used for instruction at Parker Charter School in Massachusetts. Helpful if you want to make essential questions a school-wide focus.
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