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How Would You Rate Yourself?

Project at a Glance:

Alabama Best Practices Center’sPowerful Conversations

Professional Development in 21st Century Schools

Where are you on the developmental continuum for 21st Century teaching and learning- on a “know nothing” to “know everything” scale? (Please take one of the colored dots on the table and place it on the needs assessment chart.)

1. Newbie

A newcomer to cyberspace, Web 2.0 and/or social networking.

2. ExplorerWilling to try a few new things, ask questions, and starting to gain an awareness around using blogs, wikis, podcasts, and vidcasts in instruction. You have possibly joined a listserv and are sharing ideas with other teachers.

3. Path FinderYou or your students have created a blogs, wiki, or podcast. Some of your teaching is delivered in a student centered, inquiry-based format. You are reading articles/books about how to use Web 2.0 tools with your students. You understand the term digital native.

4. Power UserYou blog and teach others how to blog. You use flickr, RSS,, and a wiki regularly. You can give at least three traits of a netgener and confusion and chaos do not bother you anymore. You regularly use project/problem based teaching in your classroom.


Today’s Agenda

Virtual Handout


Selected 10 Fellows with a strong technology interest and developed them into leaders in their school, state, region, and nation.

Enhanced leadership capabilities of Fellows and school team members which contributed to promotions, recognitions and awards and selection on important state task forces (Governor’s Commission on Teaching Quality)


ABPC 21st Century Teaching and Learning

introduce new content

Tapped In




Tapped In

Tapped In


Tapped In

time to process and apply it


Spurred creation of blogs, wikis, podcasts, vblogs and screencasts by every 21st Century school.



Delicious Bookmarks – ABPC Web 2.0 Projects

Kindergarten Blog

(Charlotte Wilson – Vestavia Hills EL East)

High School Economics

(Buckhorn HS)

Principal's Blog

(Edith Pickens – Challenger MS)

21st Century School Project Blog

(Vestavia Hills EL East)

Elementary Podcasting – Field Trips Creston’s Podcast

(George Hall Elementary)


Published:Working Toward Excellence Journal on “Educating the Digital Generation” that was distributed to every educator in Alabama (63,000 copies) and promoted through the ABPC Website.


Engaged national experts in our work including Will Richardson, Darren Kuropatwa, Nancy Willard, Gene Roche and Brady Barr (National Geographic scientist).

~ Elluminating Alabama

~ Sipping the Koolaid in Alabama

~ One Liners

~ Alabama Buddies

~ Brady Barr

~ K12 Online Conference


Built Partnerships



• Districts

• IT Directors

• Global


Conducted ongoing assessment for program improvement through online surveys, written evaluations, Fellows’ reports and individualcontact (email, phone and face-to-face).


Accelerated the acquisition of 21st Century knowledge and skills among teachers on school teams, and among our Fellows, who started as learners and were transformed into mentors and guides for colleagues and other school teams.


In Small Groups-Please Discuss the Following…

1. One exciting thing that your district or school did with technology last year?2. Something you personally would like to do with technology in the coming year?3. Speculate on where you think technology will take your district and your students in the future.


Jeanne Simpson

  • 7th Grade Math Teacher
  • Cedar Ridge Middle School in Decatur, Alabama
  • Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative
  • National Board Certified Teacher

~ How I became a Fellow

~ All things I never knew


April Chamberlain

  • Elementary school teacher
  • School technology specialist
  • District Technology Integration Specialist
  • Trussville City Schools- Trussville, Alabama
  • Professional impact
    • Network of educators
    • Break down classroom walls
    • Recognition for school
    • Professional Development
  • Personal Impact
    • Learning new tools
    • Relationships with fellows

Suzanne Culbreth

  • Geometry teacher
  • Oak Mountain High School- Birmingham, Alabama
  • Miliken Award Winner
  • National Board Certified Teacher

~ Relationship between IT department and teachers

~ Blogging with students

~ Effect on student learning

~ The Ripple Effect


In Small Groups-Please Discuss the Following…

From what you have heard so far…

Please share in pairs-

One thing you liked

One thing you learned

One thing you will use


Are you Ready for 21st Century Teaching and Learning?

It isn’t just “coming”… it has arrived!


What Do We Mean by 21st Century Learning?

Considering the results of this study…

How will your schools need to be shaped for the future?

Share one exciting thing your school is doing to ensure that your students will be prepared for success in a global knowledge/information age.

16 Major Characteristics of Schools and School Systems Capable of Preparing Students for a Global -Knowledge/Information Age

Source:AASA Year Long Study:Preparing Schools and School Systems for the 21st Century


Two Perspectives

Tom Carroll, NCTAF

Peter Vaill Antioch University


Walk About and Mindstorming

5 Charts– Groups of 10-12

Brainstorm quickly in the group - call out bulleted points and have someone record them on the chart.

About 4-5 minutes at each chart

Move clockwise 5 times


Time Travel

Lewis Perelman, author of School's Out (1992). Perelman argues that schools are out of sync with technological change:

...the technological gap between the school environment and the "real world" is growing so wide, so fast that the classroom experience is on the way to becoming not merely unproductive but increasingly irrelevant to normal human existence (p.215).

Seymour Papert (1993)

In the wake of the startling growth of science and technology in our recent past, some areas of human activity have undergone megachange. Telecommunications, entertainment and transportation, as well as medicine, are among them. School is a notable example of an area that has not(p.2).


Born to be Wired!

Understanding the Net Generation

I Generation


Who is the Net Generation?

Source: Educating the Net Generation, Diana Oblinger and James Oblinger (2005)



  • Born in or after 1982
  • Technology means MP3, PDA, Phones that do it all
  • Daily communication involves- cell phones, text messaging, IMing, Blogs, and Email
  • Academically diverse
  • Consumed by extra curricular activites
  • Thrive on group interactions
  • Tinkerers
  • Family Oriented
  • Ethically and racially diverse

Millennials Want to Learn…

  • With technology
  • With one another
  • Online
  • In their own time
  • In their own place
  • Doing things that matter

Share your own stories.

How are Millennials different? What examples can you give from your students or loved ones?


What is a Blog?

A blog (or weblog) is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed with the newest at the top. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world. [1]

Will Richardson’s video



RSS – Making it Simple!

There are many introductions to RSS available on the Internet.

Blog LinesNews GatorWhat does it look like?



A vlog is a weblog which uses video as its primary presentation format. It is primarily a medium for distributing video content. Vlog posts are usually accompanied by text, image, and additional meta data to provide a context or overview for the video. Vlogs or videoblogs are created by vloggers or videobloggers, while the act itself is referred to as vlogging or videoblogging



Do I need to have an iPod?

Content to go

The three steps...

1 - record2 - edit(?)3 - publish


Look at What We Can Build When We Work Together!

The term wiki is a shortened form of wiki wiki which is from the native language of Hawaii where it is commonly used as an adjective to denote something "quick" or "fast"!

Let’s brainstorm how we can use wikis….



Social Bookmarking




What concerns, questions, reactions do you have so far about using these emerging technologies in your classroom or organization?


Key Assumptions

What are some key assumptions about how students need to learn that are stressed at your school?

Finish this statement….Students learn best when…


Source: John Seely Brown


David Warlick says…

How can the tools support project-based and inquiry-driven approaches to learning and help students acquire the 21st Century skills identified by national education/business partnerships as vital to their future success?


Affinity Activity

  • Let’s take a closer look beyond the gadget or Web application and ask yourself- how and why we would use it in our instruction?
  • Brainstorm one idea per sticky on how to use these tools in instruction. Ways you can retool analog learning and leverage the potential of the read write Web.
  • Chunk ideas with a partner- look for themes to emerge
  • Share

Brainstorm one idea per sticky


Erik Myers- Beginning School

Wrights Mill- Advanced School

Via Skype