Great Blog post from Dr. Clark & the BYOT Network
My teammate, Jamie Pearson, and I teach a class for CCSD teachers each summer called “21st Century Classroom”. We focus on PBL, Digital Assessment Tools, Learning Environments, Blended Learning, Web 2.0 tools, Flipped Learning and Screencasting, building PLNs, and much more. After reading this blog post, I may “borrow” Dr. Clark’s naming of Digital Age Learning since it IS fourteen years… almost fifteen years into the 21st century.
The post is a MUST read… but let me list the eight elements that are highlighted in the post:
- A Sense of Community
- Essential Questions
- Captivating Digital Content
- Assessment for Learning
- Multiple Technology Tools
- Designs for Differentiation and Accessibility
- Supportive Classroom Environment
- Engaging Instructional Strategies
In order to have a successful digital age learning ecosystem, teachers may need to change the way they approach lesson planning and think more like an instructional designer. Setting up learning opportunities, providing rich resources (digital and paper), and letting go of some control will take a different mindset and willingness to take chances.
I like the image below to help me understand teacher mindsets… and how to change…. one step at a time to embrace a growth mindset, not a fixed mindset. (Image source: @Primary_Ed – Twitter Post)
LINK for larger display: fixedvsgrowthmindset
Great poster for the classroom to encourage growth mindset for students/classroom.