Topic outline

  • 21st Century Skills in an Inclusive Learning Environment

  • Topic 1: The Launch - 3Rs x 7Cs = 21st Century Learning

    An African Proverb states that “it takes a whole village to raise a child”.  In the 21st century, we could argue that it takes a whole “global” village working collaboratively to raise a “whole child”. This introductory session will launch our workshop series on teaching and learning for the 21st Century inclusive classroom, with particular attention to the skills needed by students and teachers to thrive and be successful learners for today and in the future(critical thinking, creativity, communication, etc.).  In this session we will start our journey to becoming a professional learning network (PLN).  We will collaborate to better meet the needs of today’s learner by learning how to design experiences in the 21st century inclusive classroom.  Best practices will be shared on how to best differentiate instruction in order to move towards a more “student-directed” approach to teaching. Guided practice for individuals and teams will be provided to begin development on a school-based project, and participants will have a chance to hear more about future topics for the workshops, and to receive a copy of the book 21st Century Skills by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fader

    Please find attached the powerpoint/handouts used for Topic 1.  Please feel free to use, modify or share with others.

  • Topic 2: Engaging Students with the integration of Project Based Learning, Multiple Intelligences and Web 2.0 Tools

    Are you interested in finding ways to increase the level of learning, achievement and engagement for ALL of your students?  Would you like to discover how to place more responsibility for learning onto students by implementing multiple intelligence theory in your classroom?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to discover along with other teachers how to make this happen in our 21st century classrooms.  What’s most important is not how smart your students are but how your students are smart.  Samples of student work and resources will be made available along with various Web 2.0 digital tools which will be helpful for teachers with their own 21st century learning projects.

    Please find attached the powerpoint/handouts used for Topic 2.  Please feel free to use, modify or share with others.

  • Topic 3: Using Web 2.0 to teach and learn in the 21st Century - Integrating Digital Tools for Digital Learners

    In order to acquire the essential 21st century skills of communication, information and media literacy we need to use the multitude of 21st century teaching and learning tools that are available to us.  These tools are helpful in enhancing the development of other skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, and creativity. An essential component to this concept is how to integrate digital citizenship into our classrooms so that learning can take place in a safe and responsible way.

    Please find attached the powerpoint/handouts used for Topic 3.  Please feel free to use, modify or share with others.

  • Topic 4: Educating the "Whole Brain" Through Interdisciplinary Curriculum

    New directions in thinking and learning, suggest that curriculum should be presented to students in an “interdisciplinary” approach versus a subject specific manner  so that students can create meaning and connect to what they are experiencing.  Join with Brent in learning about new directions in Alberta curriculum re-design, what this looks like and how it can be done.  Exemplars of cross-curricular integrated units will be provided.

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    Please find attached the handouts used for Topic 4.  Please feel free to use, modify or share with others.