Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Teaching, Learning and Assessing 21st Century Skills - Bob Pearlman

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Bob Pearlman - Teaching, Learning and Assessing 21st Century Skills

conference slides: http://www.bobpearlman.org/BLC2009.htm

New Technology Foundation "New Tech's mission is to re-invent teaching and learning for the 21 st Century by offering a proven model and a fully integrated suite of tools designed to facilitate the creation and management of a relevant and engaging 21st Century education."

Partnership for 21st Century Skills - updated competencies 2002-2003
  • Learning & Innovation (many sub-categories)
  • Life & Career (many sub-categories)
  • Information & Technology (many sub-categories)
How do you teach and then assess these skills?

Project-Based Learning (PBL), teams, inter-disciplinary all provide opportunities for these skills and outcomes.
Examples from 10th gr English/Social Studies classroom: Video - Teaching the Adolescent Brain
Many examples given: company commissioned by NASA to develop games to play on the moon. The project drives the curriculum and a need to know with external audience.

PBL Plan Assessment
  • final product (not good)
  • sub-assignments (scaffolding): many types and all provide opportunities for assessment
  • process documents (keep everyone on track and accountable): contract who does what, when, "followship", online learning platform for collaboration
  • develop assessment rubrics so kids know how they will be graded, how they can do better. Builds habit of self-direction and motivation.
Sacramento 10 Learning Outcomes
  1. content proficient
  2. able to write proficiently
  3. orally proficient
  4. critical thinking
  5. tech proficient
  6. abe to collaborate
  7. prepared fr career
  8. solid ethical citizenship
  9. analyze and deal with data
  10. processing a solid work ethic
8 Napa Learning Outcomes
  1. tech literacy
  2. collaboration
  3. critical thinking
  4. oral skills
  5. written
  6. career prepared
  7. numeracy
  8. ? missed it ?
How do students stay on task and develop self-direction?
Every project has an online platform w/ calendar, docs, rubrics - the whole thing.
How do you judge collaboration? Peer assessment using online rubric.

Oral communication - students need many, many opportunities. Bring in outside groups for authentic audience experience and assessment feedback.

Collective outcomes - common outcomes/grading across courses.
Digital portfolios required to show mastery of learning outcomes.

YouTube Video: What is New Manor Tech

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