Friday, November 6, 2015

Raising 21st Century Learners


Thursday, October 29th, was the first parent tech night of the year. Our main focus was Raising 21st Century Learners. We spent time discussing the 4 C's of 21st Century learning (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking), and in particular, the recent Halloween Candy Survey created by 2nd-grade students. Through the appropriately modeled use of Twitter, second-grade students were able to collect 615 responses. We then analyzed those responses and small groups created "I noticed" charts to share with the full class. 

Our night also included a discussion about the new iCan iPad curriculum that is being implemented throughout Pond Cove. This curriculum relies heavily on iCan statements, as well as iPad-iquette. The theme throughout is that during the school day our iPads are for learning and creating.
Finally, our night concluded with a discussion about digital citizenship and the amazing resource, Common Sense Media. We reviewed the messages that all students are receiving from staff regarding digital citizenship. We also talked about how to use Common Sense Media at home with your children to review games and movies, checking for age appropriateness.

If you would like to see any of the information supplied that night, please click on the link below to see the slideshow presentation. As always if you have any questions, please contact me through email or Twitter (@PondCoveTech)

Raising 21st Century Learners

Up next in November: App Spotlight and the CODER EXPRESS!