21st Learning Buzz Words

I love this blog post titled ” A Dictionary for @1st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology” published by one of my favorite online resources, [email protected]!

All classroom teachers should review this blog post and start trying new strategies in their classroom.

It is a great resources to review and save when planning lessons for digital classroom students.


Digital Age Learning Ecosystem






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) 

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LINK for larger display:    fixedvsgrowthmindset


Great poster for the classroom to encourage growth mindset for students/classroom.

October is Connected Educator Month! Get connected!

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October is Connected Educator Month!

Teachers can connect via Edmodo teacher groups/communities, Twitter, Blogs, web sites, Teacher Pay Teacher, and much more!

This is a time when educators from all over the world are connecting, collaborating, and sharing resources with each other. It’s a time when you can share your ideas, discover new ideas, and take some time to develop relationships with like-minded educators who can inspire and motivate you to continue to develop your teaching strategies and skills.

Connected Educators are the future of professional development and teaching.

Get connected!!!

Below are some links about Connected Educator Month.









Happy October!!!


Photo Sources:  www.connectededucators.org, Bill Ferriter, and Jamie Locklin


Counting Down to Pre-Planning….. #youmatter!

This morning I enjoyed scanning a blog post about great bulletin boards. Check out my favorite one that I would use if I could.


Looking at the different bulletin boards inspired me to share something I learned about while I was at the ISTE conference this summer. I listened to a great presentation about #youmatter by Angela Maiers  ( @angelamaiers ).


Her message is:
“When we individually and collectively inspire others to remember who they really are, to educate them about the many ways that they matter, and empower them to make their greatest contributions to the world- we change their lives and the change the world.

Imagine what the world would be if….

Each of You sincerely believed YOU MATTER.
Parents told their children YOU MATTER.
Grandparents passed onto their grandchildren the spirit of YOU MATTER.
Children shared with family, friends and teachers YOU MATTER.
School Leaders and Teachers: communicated to staff and students YOU MATTER.
Businesses and Industry partner with us letting their customers and employees know YOU MATTER.
Someone we may not know…just simply needs to be reminded of and hear YOU MATTER.

Are you ready to change the world with me?” – – by Angela Maiers

Here is a youmatterresources page about #youmatter if you want more info. 🙂

I want you to know that YOU MATTER!!! CCSD, your school, your students, your community are BLESSED to have you as a part of their lives. Have a wonderful 2014-15 school year! I look forward to working and learning with you! 🙂 Cristin


Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

A great blog post from Mike Ribble about the Essential Elements of Digital Citizenship.

In a 21st Century Classroom, it is critical for teachers to model good digital citizenship and give students an opportunity to learn about being a good digital citizen.  The blog post highlights nine elements that should be modeled and discussed in a 21st century classroom:

  • Respect – access, etiquette, and laws
  • Educate – communication, literacy, and commerce
  • Protect – rights and responsibilities, safe and security, and health and wellness.

It is a must read for all 21st century classroom teachers.







Image Source: http://blog.iste.org/essential-elements-digital-citizenship-2/

Top 100 Sites and Apps for 2013



Click on the link to take you to a blog post from Techlearning that lists 100 web sites and apps that were great in 2013.

I will be going through the list and will be blogging about tools that stand out to me.  

Email me if you find a tool on the list/ or not on the list that is awesome and needs to be shared with others.   [email protected]




Image Source: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kj0gXzI6aNY/UpTflTzNOLI/AAAAAAAAIYk/Byp1OPi5Cd8/s1600/Fotolia_23476752_S.jpg

Digital Learning Day – – Feb. 5th, 2014



Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.Mark your calendar and share your event on the web site.

What are you doing on Feb. 5th, 2014???


Digital Learning Day – Feb 5, 2014:



Plan an activity or an event:  Ideas to consider resource page:


Lesson Plan Ideas:




Think About the A,B,Cs…. When Using Technology Tools

When planning lesson plans and allowing students to use technology tools in the classroom, teachers AKA Instructional Designers should think A…B….C!

Here is a section from a recent blog post from  .

A- Authentic Audience
Every technology task (and every task in general) should have an authentic audience. Students should be solving problems and tackling challenges that affect real people in real ways. Not only does this increase engagement for students, but it also prepares them for future endeavors!

B- Benchmark-able
As students work through a task, they should be able to determine if their progress is increasing or not. Students should have clear benchmarks or indicators of success. In short, students should never submit something “not knowing how they did.” We can use rubrics or feedback from the authentic audience to craft these parameters with (not for!) students. Ensuring that every task assigned has these type of built in feedback mechanisms is critical!

C- Cloudy
The tasks that our students will face after they leave the K-12 system will not be clear cut. In fact, they will likely be very multifaceted, complex, and confusing. Students will have to make sense of murky problems and uncover solutions from a series of possible choices. Making our students more comfortable with work that “has no single right answer” is necessary given the demands of the modern workforce.

Using our ABCs will help prepare our students for LIFE, 
not more school. 

Integrating Technology In the Classroom – Is this YOUR goal?

It is a new school year….  New things… New adventures… New Students… New curriculum!!!

Do you have the saying “Integrate More Technology” listed somewhere on your 2013-2014 “To Do” list/ Professional Goal form?

Well, it is 2013 and Integrating Technology is Dead…….  Read the blog post.

Instead of trying to write lesson plans that include technology… CHANGE the way YOU teach…  Create challenges and opportunities for students to need TOOLS to accomplish the task or to solve their problem.  Instead of writing lesson plans that include “Technology Integration”, write lessons that are “Technology – embedded”.

Focus on the standard… the skill… the concept.  Is there a TOOL that will help the students learn, explore, create?  Allow ACCESS…. Allow OPTIONS… Allow CHOICE.

I love the image below…..

Your professional goal this year should be to find teachers who teach differently… that create learning environments that challenge students….

Then create a PLC – Professional Learning Community.  Then start learning, and talking, and sharing resources. Find a PLC in your school… on a blog… in an Edmodo group… from Twitter.  Connect… Connect with others who have the same goal as you.  To make the world a better place… one student at a time. 🙂

I wish you much happiness and success as you start your year changing the world!