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Tech Webinar 

Posted by Amber Runnels at Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:38:04 PM EDT

Education Week via Education Week Events
Students learn best in different ways and technology can give them an opportunity to access information in the way that best suits them---through text, video, or hands-on learning. Join us for a free webinar at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow to learn how technology can help teachers differentiate instruction.

Articles on Techn & Partnering Pedagogy 

Posted by Amber Runnels at Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:50:15 PM EDT
EdWeek Roundtable discussion: How Has Technology Changed Your Teaching

One of the links in that article is to another article, Technology's Unexpected Results, by Nancy Gardner who discusses how the integration of technology in her district and resulted in a student-centered partnering pedagogy.

Learner-Centered Teaching (Huba & Freed) 

Posted by Cheri Fenton at Saturday, March 10, 2012 11:53:47 AM EST
Huba & Freed (2000, p. 33) have noted eight features that are considered the hallmark of learner-centered teaching:

  •     Learners are actively involved and receive feedback.
  •     Learners apply knowledge to enduring and emerging issues and problems.
  •     Learners integrate discipline-based knowledge and general skills.
  •     Learners understand the characteristics of excellent work.
  •     Learners become increasingly sophisticated learners and knowers.
  •     Professors coach and facilitate, intertwining teaching and assessing.
  •     Professors reveal they are learners, too.
  •     Learning is interpersonal, and all learners--students and professors --are respected and valued.


Muirhead, B. (2002). Relevant Assessment Strategies for Online Colleges & Universities. USDLA Journal, 16(2). Retrieved from

Sugata Mitra on child-driven learning 

Posted by David Huckleberry at Monday, March 12, 2012 8:13:06 PM EDT 

Week 3 Additional Resources 

Posted by Ji Hyun Yu at Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:46:48 AM EDT
Last Edited:Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:50:15 AM EDT
Here are additional resources shared within Week 3 discussion

Craft the Driving Question

How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-based Learning

I Have a Question. Why 21st Century Learning? 

Math Curriculum Makeover 

Teaching Math and PBL  

Free Guide for Parents - 21st Century Skills 

Posted by Peggy Ertmer at Friday, March 30, 2012 8:30:20 AM EDT
You might find this free guide useful:

An idea from Sara 

Posted by Peggy Ertmer at Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:32:01 PM EST
One school that I would love to be a part of is called the Ron Clark Academy.  You might have read or heard of his books "The Essential 55" or "The End of Molasses Classes" He started his own school and some of the innovative concepts they have put into practice are AMAZING!  Learn more at

Self-directed Learning

Posted by Sandra Frazier at Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:38:51 AM EDT
Here are 2 articles on self-directed learning:
Create something interesting to show that you have learned something.pdf
Launching Self directed Learners.pdf 

U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan Keynote

Posted by Sandra Frazier at Wednesday, March 14, 2012 10:26:08 AM EDT
The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, joined SXSWedu as a keynote speaker at the Austin Convention Center on Thursday, March 8.

40 Developmental Assets 

Posted by Sandra Frazier at Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:22:23 PM EST
Developmental Assets®

---t hat help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.





21st Century Standards for Information Literacy 

Posted by Sandra Frazier at Saturday, March 3, 2012 9:13:04 PM EST
Farmer lists information literacy standards for primary and secondary students.

21st CENTURY STANDARDS for information literacy.pdf 


Email Address for Phones 

Posted by Sandra Frazier at Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:01:47 PM EDT
Email specifically for the phone, cuts down on texting costs:

Great Resource for Projects!

Posted by Sara Cicholski at Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:57:21 PM EDT

Fun and interesting projects for kids of all ages.....results are automatically tallied for schools all over the country and in some cases, the world! Great geography tie-in as well :-)

Inquiry learning in action! From Amber 

Posted by Sara Cicholski at Friday, March 16, 2012 11:19:29 AM EDT
I love thinking about these types of challenges.  How can PBL be used in Language Arts?  Can the students be challenged to develop a sequel?  Can they be asked to find real world examples that support a scene in a novel (does this happen in real life?)?  The Great Books Foundation offers a well-developed program of inquiry learning for Language Arts.  Here is the link to their site:

Great PBL site suggested by Peg! 

Posted by Sara Cicholski at Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:48:34 PM EDT 

This site offers a wide variety of Project-based learning resources, videos, blogs, explanations of 2.0 tools etc, even examples of PBL implemented in all subject areas...awesome!

Library of Congress resources 

Posted by Wesley Bartlett at Thursday, March 8, 2012 9:01:22 PM EST
Here are two links to the library of congress resources for teaching using primary sources

lesson plan listing (http

guide search by state/standard/grade

Partnership for 21st century skills 

Posted by Wesley Bartlett at Tuesday, March 6, 2012 4:47:18 PM EST
  Their website is at: The pdf I mentioned is here : P21_Framework.pdf 

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