Thursday, April 28, 2011

21 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher

This from Simple K12

Are you a 21st Century Teacher?

1. You require your students to use a variety of sources for their research projects…and they cite blogs, podcasts, and interviews they’ve conducted via Skype.

2. Your students work on collaborative projects…with students in Australia.

3. You give weekly class updates to parents…via your blog.

4. Your students participate in class…by tweeting their questions and comments.

5. You ask your students to study and create reports on a controversial topic…and you grade their video submissions.

6. You prepare substitutes with detailed directions…via Podcasts.

7. You ask your students to do a character/historical person study…and they create mock social media profiles of their character.

8. Your students create a study guide…working together on a group wiki.

9. You share lesson plans with your teacher friends…from around the globe.

10. Your classroom budget is tight…but it doesn’t matter because there are so many free resources on the web you can use.

11. You realize the importance of professional development…and you read blogs, join online communities, and tweet for self development.

12. You take your students on a field trip to the Great Wall of China…and never leave your classroom.

13. Your students share stories of their summer vacation…through an online photo repository.

14. You visit the Louvre with your students…and don’t spend a dime.

15. You teach your students not to be bullies…or cyberbullies.

16. You make your students turn in their cell phones before class starts…because you plan on using them in class.

17. You require your students to summarize a recent chapter…and submit it to you via a text message.

18. You showcase your students’ original work…to the world.

19. You have your morning coffee…while checking your RSS feed.

20. You are reading this.

21. You tweet this page, blog about it, “like” it, or email it to someone else…


Jessica Humphrey said...

As ridiculous at some of these sound, as tech savvy as teachers and people in general are getting, this could very well be the new style of education. Some of the ideas seemed pretty cool, and I could see using SOME of the ideas in my future classroom. Though, I probably won't have students texting me summaries of chapters, that might be a little much, but my students could comment on my blog for bonus points :)
It's also a quick and easy way to ensure that parents who are constantly on the go can be informed of their students progress in school by reading a blog or by getting text messages.

ethel_ross3 said...

I agree this is definately becoming a new style of education.Some ideals I liked from the article are: the interviews on Skype because of the cultural implications it can have. I liked how this type of technology is great to have that interactions between the parents and the teachers. I do not like the ideal of tweeting questions during the class. Also what happens when the student can not afford a smart phone and the data plan required for it. One other issure I would be careful using is the free resources on the web because they might not meet your states standards. I definately agree that there will need to be teacing on becoming cyberbullies.
I agree with you it would definately help those parents that are on the go by being constantly updated on their child's progress.

Chelsey Clark said...

This article is very very true. As funny or outrageous as some of the examples sound, they are what is becoming the norm. Today's society uses technology more than ever. Eventually, it will seem weird for teachers to not be using it. I think that while there are many benefits to using technology, an old fashioned lesson with pens and paper will always be the best way to go.

Jessica Lester said...

I really enjoyed this post because as crazy as it sounds, this is probably what the world is coming too. With all the available technology these days, it is hard to tell what all the classroom with have by the time I get there. The part I really liked was the field trip to China without leaving the classroom. This could be an awesome advantage to the classroom. However, I am fully against the whole texting or tweeting me answers. I do believe that is going a little far, but sadly, it may happen in some teachers classrooms.

Kayla Powell said...

These 21st Century ideas are very beneficial. Most of them involve a hands on philosophy and collaboration. A teacher having a blog is a great idea! This can allow parents to be informed with what their children are learning in class, assignments,and how the class is doing overall. Most parents don't pick up their kids from school, so they have a limited ability to interact with the teacher. A blog will allow another way of communication between parents and teachers. It seems as if schools are leaning towards this new style of education. However, I do not believe I will be a future 21st Century teacher. I have a very difficult time with technology. I realize most of these ideas can be taught, but I also believe that paper and pencil gets the job done just as well.

EmilyGranath said...

I think it is great that teachers are using technology more in their classrooms but it can only be taken so far. Students must learn the different ways technology can help us learn but I think it is much more important for students to have hands on activities that they have to work through themselves. There is also a relationship that is being lost between the student and teacher using this much technology. If i student turns things online, the teacher looses the affect of grading a student's work. Although some of this technology resources can help students have a opportunity they normally wouldn't have, it can also cause a major distraction within the classroom. Using technology to this extent is too much and needs to be taken back a few steps.

Fran Cooper said...

Although many of these seem taboo to many people, even me, and I just graduated high school in 2009, it is happening. Many of these things were prohibited when I was in high school, but I think it is better to embrace it, than to forbid it.
Technology is growing, and the younger generation is eating every bit of it up. Kids as young as five are using iPads. So why not do the obvious thing and make it part of the curriculum? Students will put more effort into something they will enjoy doing. And breaking apart from the regular, boring, broken down research paper is a good way to start. There are a variety of ways students can convey their knowledge of a topic rather than writing a six-page paper. By embracing some of the aspects listed above, you can engage students more, while also educating them on what technology has to offer.