21st century teaching

Session Learning Goals
At the end of this session we will:
 Understand the importance of digital
learning in the 21st century classroom
 Explore digital resources for OSSLT
 Understand the benefits of the Flipped
Classroom as part of OSSLT instruction
 Examine OSSLT based question prompts
Using mobile technology to engage students.
“Although technology has
proliferated our everyday
experiences as twenty-first
century citizens, in some
instances, schools remain
stagnant and disconnected
from these practices.”
(Journal of Literacy and Technology - Volume
14, Number 1, March 2013)
Is there such a thing as an
educational revolution?
This Will Revolutionize Education
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEmuEWjHr5c&feature=youtu.be
How do we use technology to promote
meaningful thought processes?
What experiences promote the kind of
thinking that is required for learning?
Most trusted
website for Gen-Y
is YouTube.
The irony is –
nothing on
YouTube says the
person teaching is
an expert on what
they’re teaching.
The trade off is their
skills. Technology
has fundamentally
changed how GenY communicates.
“Gen-Y is not tech savvy, they are tech
dependent.” – Jason Dorsey
They don’t know
how technology
works; they know
they can’t live
without it.
Teachers MUST advocate
for digital literacy.
“For students, technology is more
than using the Internet. With
smart-phones, instant messaging,
music, videos, and social
networking, personal and mobile
technology is ingrained in youth
culture. It's important to young
people, it's part of their identity,
and it's not going away.”
(Brad Kuntz 2012)
 Transliteracy, as defined by the American Library Association:
“is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of
platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through
handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks”
(ALA, 2012).
 Transliteracy is already an essential skill in our connected world. The United
Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization recognized the
importance of other literacies when it designated October 27 as “World Day
for Audiovisual Heritage” (UNESCO, 2010).
So…are we preparing our students to be transliterate?
Not sure where to start?
• start with something small that you try to
incorporate into your lessons
as soon as next week
• find out from your students what
new technologies they already
know about, and what they would like to
examine in more depth
• have your own personal checklist and aim to
incorporate something manageable each week
• your two best resources are colleagues and
Teaching Inferencing - Evaluating a Fake
 Send students to a site such as Dog
Island, Save the Pacific Northwest Tree
Octopus, or the Jackalope Conspiracy.
 These are fake websites (the students
don’t have to know that!) – examine
them, and then evaluate them for
 Look for website FAQs, content authors,
check the forward links, determine what
company hosts the site.
 Students can also be taught effective
Inferencing strategies.
 http://acoachma.tripod.com/
Writing a Series of Paragraphs with Twitter
• Use Twitter to teach critical
thinking and analysis
• Choose a trending topic on
which students can form an
• In groups, ask students to
agree or disagree with the
topic and to tweet their
• Excellent practice for writing
arguments prior to writing a
series of paragraphs