Monday, October 10, 2011

Since Last We Met…

The 2010-11 school year was a busy one for C21L, which might help (though not really) to explain why this blog bogged after October of 2010. The opening of a new school year brings new resolve.

Let’s start with some catching up:

Promising Practices Videos
Partnering with eight school districts, C21L is preparing more than 60 video segments to document the work of teachers in learning In and For the 21st century. The video segments (each 3-5 minutes in length) capture the rationale and strategies these educators are using to implement 21st century learning. The videos are being posted to C21L's Vimeo website during Fall 2011.

Some of the teachers involved in this project presented information about their promising practices during the Colorado TIE (Technology in Education) Conference in June. Their session — Promising Practitioners of 21st Century Learning — was also captured on video and will also be posted soon.

One promising practitioner has received national attention for his work. Phil Hutcherson, featured on the C21L Promising Practice video Differentiation and Innovation*, was named a national Math Hero by Raytheon Corporation in Fall 2010. Phil teaches math at West Middle School in Colorado Springs School District 11. It pays to be a hero… sort of. In addition to a personal award, our Math Hero scored $2,500 for West MS. The funds support a schoolwide subscription to ePals, a secure platform for collaboration across cultures. Phil’s larger goal? "I just want to change the world," he says. He might do it too.

At the TIE Conference, and again at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) National Conference (ISTE 2011: Unlocking Potential), C21L presented three tools for helping educators analyze their progress in implementing 21st century learning. The primary tool is C21L’s rubric for Assessing Learning For the 21st Century, which provides thumbnail descriptions in four areas of practice (targets, assessments, experiences, environments). The supporting tools are C21L’s Classroom Observation and Building Walk-through forms, which help educators collect data on their practices. Using the rubric to the guide and analyze practices, educators can meaningfully apply data to planning and professional learning.

* FYI - eSchool News has featured the C21L Promising Practices video of Phil Hutcherson at least twice.

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