Resources for The 21st Century Classroom: These resources can be used with students to expand the learning outside the classroom walls, offer students learning experiences that are relevant and timely, and use free internet resources to their fullest potential.
- Topic 1Facebook in the Classroom?!?!?!
Yes, Facebook in the classroom. Think about all of the possibilities for students to explore a historical event, topic, person and all that is relevant to each event, topic or person. Students use Facebook, are very familiar with the process, exposure, and what is important to have on each page. Look at the example of JFK. To create this page, you will need to know information about JFK such as friends, enemies, what would each post on his wall? What would he respond? What images would be important to him? Where was he born, where is he now? This is an activity that will engage students, is cross-curricular, and uses 21st century technology. But don't limit yourself to Facebook - blogs and other web-based collaboration sites.
- Topic 2Blogging: Students are doing it - are you?
- Topic 3Websites: Tools for expanding learning.
- Topic 4Media Literacy: You Tube, Teacher Tube, Flip Cameras, Smart Phones students have an array of resources and devices in order to record information, create projects, and be assessed.
- Topic 5Gaming and Playful Inventors: Inquiry based learning that is fun, thoughtful, curricularly relevant, and 21st century.
- Topic 6Mobile Devices: Cell Phones, iPod Touches, iPads are all examples of devices in which students can access and deliver information. Instructional multimedia, audio books, ebooks, can be viewed on these devices as a way to differentiate learning.