· Registering for graduate credit—on wiki
· August date—What works?
· Tomorrow’s class—optional


· Goal of the course for participants: You experience how and why PBL and 21st Century Skills are the guiding principles of the course so that you can use these ideas in your teaching.
· Essential Question: Is education focused on our pasts or our students’ futures?

PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL): It works according to research, and it breaks the traditional rules of “doing school.” PBL uses student’s interests; teacher is the guide on the side not the sage on the stage; cooperative group is an essential component; individual and group accountability are balanced; it redefines “expert” beyond books. AND it uses all of the 21st Century Skills.
21ST CENTURY SKILS: 3Rs+4Cs Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Curiosity and Imagination (plus Initiative and Entrepreneurship, Flexibility and Adaptability, Accessing and Analyzing information)

ORGANIZATION: Milestones, Templates, and Checklists


· A curriculum unit (standards-based, Understanding by Design)
· Integrating technology and particularly Web 2.0
· Research: A shared annotated bibliography, use of Web 2.0 tools
· Collaboration
· Individual and group accountability
· Rubrics for assessment of collaborative projects and UbD: A, B, Not Yet

Icebreaker: Our pasts or their futures? What is “doing school”?

· Class Wiki: All of the assignments, assessments, milestones, and resources presented today or any day will be posted on the class wiki at

· Social networking and education. Learn from other experts. See what rich and varied resources are available at this award-winning site: Diigo bookmarks, Twitter, Discussion Groups are on the front page in addition to specific areas for discussion. Don’t miss them; they are the best of the best. Twitter for education is another excellent example of a PLN:;
A comprehensive overview of PLNs at

English Literature Resources
The following site is comprehensive whether you are focusing on literary themes, genres, or literary eras.
Greece, New York
Understanding texts comprehension and explication:

· Activities that encourage discussion: Visit this site to find some of the standard discussion starters as well as unique techniques that you can adapt to your needs.

Research sites
Technology can improve student learning if....This article gives a brief summary of how technolgy can be used to improve student achievement.

Research resources on the class wiki including citations, annotted bibliography, forms, advice:

Web 2.0 Resources That Support and May Even Improve Teaching
A video journal reflection by a graduate student on using Understanding by Design:
Prezi on Poetry

· Illuminated texts
could be used as a culminating activity to demonstrate a student’s close reading, deep understanding, and interpretation of a work of literature.
To see other examples of illuminated texts, visit
Put poems in word clouds
· Glogster and wiki example; technology tools (Universal design)
Blabberize: Take one of your own pictures and make it talk.
Great resource for technology and education
· Readwritethink is an outstanding site with unit plans and many interactive on-line literacy activities, for example we adapted Biocube at the beginning of class:
xtranormal: Just type in words, and you can create your own sound plus animation. Http://

Interactive media for collaboration:

Summer Reading Lists? New ways to teach writing including literary and expositorytexts and authentic audiences? Techniques for improving reading? Some new ideas from the NY Times

American History sites on the web:
.Creating videos in the classroom, an overview of resources on the web at
.Elementary level resources

· Challenge Based Learning with exemplars: BlindSight
A documentary about a group of blind students in Tibet who aspire to climb Mount Everest. They live in a culture that doesn’t recognize their potential. The whole thing is an amazing metaphor for the fear and darkness that we each move through as we move from not knowing to knowing. Each student has a sighted guide to help the students overcome the incredible physical and mental challenges that accompany the climb.

· Problem Based Learning examples (PBL is the same as Challenge Based) sites with suggestions for projects:

NM Google Apps through

III. Time for Individual and group planning and research

21st CENTURY STATEMENT OF TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES In order to adequately prepare today's students for their future, teachers must effectively participate in professional learning networks, share and model the use of current internet tools, lead authentic, integrated project-based learning activities, assist students as they establish their own learning networks and digital footprint, learn alongside our students as they create, collaborate, and share, provide sufficient learning opportunities for students to become digitally literate and fluent, while also while also inspiring each child to be quality, digital, global citizens. Peter Pappas

Professional Learning Networks and Expertise: Instead of learning from others who have the credentials to “teach” in this new networked world, we learn with others whom we seek (and who seek us) on our own and with whom we often share nothing more than a passion for knowing. In this global community, we are at once all teachers and learners—changing roles as required, contributing, collaborating, and maybe even working together to re-create the world, regardless of where we are at any given moment. 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn published by Solution Tree.