Along with the technology tools and skills that “21st Century Learning” demands, come shifts in the way teachers think and teach in the classroom. So if we know it is imperative to commit to creating 21st Century Learning Environments in our schools, how can we make it easier? We need to understand and promote “Digital-age Literacy”, “Inventive Thinking”, “Effective Communication”, and “High Productivity”.

  • Examine resources that focus on 21st Century Learning Environments
  • Experience the use of Open Source documents to enrich the implementation of 21st Century Learning in your classroom

"We cannot afford to leave education and training behind in the technology revolution. But, unless something changes, the gap between technology's potential and its use in education and training will only grow as technological change accelerates in the years ahead."
Phillip Bond, U.S. Departmentment of Commerce undersecretary for technology

Technology is playing a large part to reform education but technology in and of itself is not enough. The classroom environment must be right. Teachers can successfully integrate technology if their classrooms are:
  • Active - Students are engaged in processing information and constructing meaning
  • Constructive - Students make sense of the world by absorbing new information and combining it with prior knowledge
  • Collaborative - Students work in cooperative learning groups
  • Intentional - Students address specific cognitive goals and objectives
  • Conversational - Learning is socially constructed and interactive
  • Contextualized - Assignments are situated in real-world tasks or simulated through a problem-based activity
  • Reflective - Students articulate what they have learned
Ken Robinson - Do Schools Kill Creativity? -

How do we make the most of technology in the classroom?

Nine Excellent Reasons for Technology in Education -

A Day in the Life of Web 2.0 -

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other Powerful WEb Tools for Classrooms - Author Will Richardson-
Resouces for Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts

What are Open Source Documents and Why Use Them?

Open source has seen phenomenal growth in recent years and has been a great success story.
Open Source Definition - Open source software is defined by its attached license guaranteeing anybody rights to freely use, modify, and redistribute the software.
Open Source Teaching - (OST) is a platform that utilizes emerging technologies to facilitate shared learning and the development of communities. OST redefines the relationship between learners by eliminating the barriers of time and distance. OST provides learners with simultaneously real-time and time-independent access to the ideas of people with varying degrees of experience, expertise, points of view, knowledge, and skills.
OER Commons - a teaching and learning network of shared materials, from K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone.

How to Use Open Source in Education
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