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Title: Developing 21st Century Classrooms: Connecting the Dots IV

Developing 21st Century Classrooms Connecting
the Dots IV
  • VTcite

What is VTcite? Vermont Commons for Information
Technology Educators
Vtcite VITA-Learn
  • Joined together

Vermont Dept. of Education
  • A Special Thanks to the
  • Vermont Department of Education
  • for supporting this project and providing the
    resources need for the seed to grow!
  • This project is funded by Title IID and plays a
    significant role in supporting
  • the Vermont Transformation

The Vermont Transformation
  • If we are to be successful in transforming
    our education system, the State Board of
    Education states that we must begin by creating a
    clear definition of the desired state of this
    system. The State Board has identified five
    components of a desired state for the purpose of
    generating a statewide dialogue. These components
  • Student-centered Education
  • Leadership in a Student-centered Learning
  • Flexible Learning Environments
  • Engaged Community Partners
  • Results and Indicators of Success
  • How are the Children? A Step Toward the
    Transformation of Education in Vermont 10/03/07

Transformative Education in Vermont Framework
  • 2010-2015 Strategic Plan Goals
  • 1. Provide learning environments and
    instructional practices that support multiple
    ways of learning, yield deep understanding and
    application of essential knowledge and skills,
    and ensure the success of every student.
  • 2. Establish learning expectations and
    assessments that emphasize a personalized
    learning experience and incorporates the
    knowledge and skills essential for all PreK-12
    learners to be successful in the 21st century and
  • 3. Work to ensure all levels of Vermonts public
    education system are guided by effective,
    transformative educational leaders.
  • 4. Improve student success across the continuum
    of PreK-16 education, including strengthening
    kindergarten readiness, increasing student
    engagement and educational relevance in K-12
    education, and improving post-secondary
    aspiration, continuation, and completion rates
    for all learners.
  • 5. Promote state and local policy and governance
    structures that facilitate attainment of the
    educational practices and student outcomes
    articulated in the Vision statement and goals.

Program Purpose
  • Provide practicing teachers with information that
    may allow them to transform their own
  • Create models of best practice where sound
    content and effective pedagogy are supported
    through technology.
  • Create leadership for change

Models of Best Practice
  • Who is the Unit for?
  • What are the ramifications of creating a unit for
  • Where will they be stored?

Creating 21st Century Classrooms Dots IV
  • Letting go
  • Do you know what you dont know?
  • The main focus is NOT the technology
  • Engaging students in meaningful work
  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Developing 21st Century Skills
  • Using 21st Century Tools

Connecting the Dots...
  • What are the dots?

Student-Centered Learning
  • Re-defining Student-Centered Learning
  • Expand your understanding in a 21st Century
  • What is Student-Centered Learning and how does it
    play out in practical ways in the classroom?
  • What are the essential elements of
    Student-Centered Learning?

Project/Inquiry-Based Learning
  • What is Project/Inquiry-Based Learning?
  • What are the essential elements of
    Project/Inquiry-Based Learning?
  • What are the connections between Student-Centered
    Learning Project/Inquiry-Based Learning?

Understanding by Design
  • What is Understanding by Design?
  • Why is it important?
  • How will you use it?

  • Pre-assessment
  • Formative assessment
  • Summative assessment

Differentiated Instruction
  • Key Elements of Differentiated Instruction
  • The Content
  • The Process
  • The Products
  • How do (can) you implement differentiated
    instruction in your classroom?

National Education Technology Standards for
  • What are they?
  • How have they changed?
  • How are they aligned with 21st Century Skills?

Vermonts NETS-S
  • Updated Vermont Technology Grade Expectations
  • Transformation Technology A New Way of
    Learning - Classroom Scenarios

21st Century Skills
  • Make connections to...
  • Classrooms locally, nationally, internationally
  • Agencies, business, etc.
  • Experts
  • Use technology to extend, expand and enhance
    learning opportunities... Or even better, create
    entirely new learning experiences not previously

Those are the Dots
  • You were selected because we believe you can
    effectively connect them.
  • Its hard work
  • Its lots of fun
  • And very rewarding

What We Learned
  • It is complex
  • Many of us think we know...
  • Attitude is everything
  • It is very easy to revert back
  • Time management is critical
  • It is difficult to let go
  • It can be done!

The Unit
  • One Interdisciplinary Unit per team
  • Detailed Lesson Plans
  • Create new or Revise old Unit?
  • Knowing the content
  • Katies story

Expectations Overview
  • Attend All sessions
  • Be on time and stay for all sessions
  • Your Team will create ONE Interdisciplinary Unit
    that will be shared with Vermont Educators-
  • Implement your unit during 2011-12 school year
  • Create a Web 2.0 presentation - Teachers
  • Upload to specified site
  • Create a School-Based Dots Plan Administrator
  • Write a Reflection Paper - Teachers
  • Meet all deadlines
  • Participate in the Dots Evaluation Process

Web 2.0 Presentations
  • One half hour twice a day during the June
  • Fun, Interactive, Interesting, Informative
  • Uploaded to designated site
  • Teachers responsibility

Unit Development Process
  • May 25th UBD introduction/review
  • May 25 June 26 - teachers will develop a draft
    of their Enduring Understanding and Essential
    questions. It will be very important you go no
    further with your unit at this time. Do NOT begin
    to develop the unit. This can NOT start until
    after the June Dots workshops
  • June 27 30 The Dots
  • July 1 to July 14 - teachers will develop their
    unit and lesson plans. Participants will develop
    a unit overview and develop their specific
  • July 14 Draft sent to Ed Kathy
  • July 18 19 Work sessions
  • July 20 31 - participants will finalize their
    units lessons.
  • July 31 Unit uploaded to designated site
  • August 1 Final Presentations

The Payoff
  • iPad 2 yours upon successful completion of the
  • Three (3) graduate credits from St Michaels
  • Room Board
  • 500 Stipend upon successful completion.

Did You Know 3.0?