What can we do to ensure that our students acquire the skills they need to succeed? How do teachers nurture those skills in traditional classrooms lacking the technology students have become so accustomed to using at home? What happens to students who do not have access to digital tools or computers at home? Can we offer students the support and instruction they need to develop 21st century skills? Yes we can.
Often, teachers are not comfortable with the integration of technology in the classroom, but certainly have the skills to guide students to collaborate with each other in problem or project based learning. With peer mentorship and professional development opportunities, classroom teachers can use skills and strategies they have found success with while integrating technology in their classroom instruction.
How do we begin? We can begin by learning what we can about the importance of nurturing 21st century skills. Watch the video featured above to begin the process.
I am currently completing a specialist level additional qualification course, “Integration of ICT in Instruction”. For one of my assignments, I was asked to create a one hour workshop to support teachers in assessing their students’ digital technology skills. Within the presentation there are links to technology surveys for teachers and students, checklists, and rubrics that can be used with your staff or classroom. There is also a month long webquest which consists of a series of web based tasks that will allow teachers to assess students’ digital technology skills. Through tasks assigned, students have the opportunity to learn along with their peers, and teachers have the opportunity to observe students’ skills in authentic ways. I have provided a link to the Prezi presentation for your own use.
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