What should 21st century learning and learning environments look like? What tools contribute to that goal?

Higher Level Points:

  1. Our learning environments would finally sync up with policy, and no longer would innovation so often need to happen in spite of poor policy.
    • examples of issues (needing to "teach to the test", AYP can have negative effects often based on socioeconomics, ...)
2. Information access has led to a greater need to leverage data and information effectively
    • This skill is not adequate for learning environments at every level: states, districts, schools, teachers, parents and students.
    • Help teachers manage their growing lists of expectations
  1. ((REWORD!!!!)))) Need to refocus and redesign around things that don't change, that is, trying to work towards not emphasizing tests, content, etc, but looking towards things like:
    • make student passions central to learning process
      • "The way to break free from the tests is to emphasize...
    • connect parents to the learning environment
    • real world experience (internships discussed)
  2. Big Picture Company Discussion!! :D

Students

---> expectation of immediate understanding
---> instantaneous information
--->expect information overload that they themselves can decide how to filter through
--->smoother ability to socially thrive in distributed environments
--->signal vs noise = large question
---> new ways to discuss problems (academic, social, etc.)
(ex: texting)

Classrooms

---> (link to students) higher expectations from student
---> Power structure in learning environments has been much fuzzier
--->Students and Parents question Teacher more often,
--->Hard to deal with new and constantly changing boundaries
--appropriate technology use,
--need to understand how to deal with chanin
---> Forced to deal with the test.

What Competencies are necessary

--> source validation for information,

Teachers