__Day One Agenda__


Introduction

The 21st Century has spawned a host of digital tools that make it possible--like never before--to learn in new ways. These tools empower teachers, connecting them with colleagues and resources from around the world. These tools enable teachers to teach in new and more effective ways--to connect their students with the world and to equip them with digital skills and thinking skills necessary to thrive in the 21st Century workforce. The 21st Century Learning Community (21clc) Initiative is an effort to create small teams of teachers and administrators/instructional facilitators who will collaborate to learn what it means to teach and learn in the 21st Century. The District is currently accepting applications for new 21st Century Learning Community teams for 2010-2011. The teams will begin their collaboration this summer and will continue for a three-year cycle. As the district opens applications for more classroom laptops, teachers' participation in 21clc will be a strong component in their application.


Essential Question

How can I use digital tools to grow professionally and better understand 21st century skills and literacies?
  • What are 21st century skills, and why do they matter?
  • What does it mean to be literate in the 21st Century?
  • What is a personal learning network (PLN)?
  • How can growing a PLN make me a better educator?
  • How do I use Read/Write web tools to build and maintain a PLN?


21clc Year One Goals

  1. Complete the first 10 things of 21 Things, (online hands-on lessons, each focusing on a particular digital tool or concept), chronicling your personal learning journey on your blog.
  2. Grow a personal learning network. Your chance to jump in and learn by doing!
  3. Participate in a book study of A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink.
  4. Design and implement a student activity/lesson that teaches a concept or skill by integrating technology. Present the lesson to your peers.

Year One Meetings: 27 hours of professional development

    1. Meet three (3) days in summer to kick off 21clc teams (18 hours of professional development). Summer 2010 dates are July 15-16 and July 22 from 8:00 to 3:00 at BHS Room 19 (Mrs. Huff's room).
    2. Meet once a month (excluding August) after school from 3:30 to 4:30 to continue work on 21 Things (9 hours of professional development).
      • 2010 Fall Dates:
        • Tuesday, September 21
        • Tuesday, October 19
        • Tuesday, November 16
        • Tuesday, December 14

Application

Applications are now closed for the 2010-2011 school year. If you're interested in participating this school year, and missed the application deadline, please contact Lisa Huff <lhuff[at]batesvilleschools[dot]org>.