Thursday, August 25, 2011

Benefits of Integrated Social Media and PD Tools

Dear Colleagues:


Have you thought about the benefits of moving from "one teacher for many learners to thousands of teachers for each learner:"




Check out our new webinar for customizing this approach in your learning venue:


http://www.learningfront.com/Media/LF_Webinar.pdf


Please join us for this webinar.


Nick Hobar

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thousands of Teachers for Each Learner

Dear Colleagues:


Are you interested in moving from one teacher for many learners to thousands of teachers for each learner? Then, I invite you to register for our free, new webinar here:


http://www.learningfront.com/Media/LF_Webinar.pdf


I look forward to collaborating with you in this webinar and expanding our vision of learning in the 21st century!


Nick Hobar

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SmartSkills for the 21st Century Lessons and Assessments

Colleagues:

Over the years I have used both Bloom's Taxonomy and the Dimensions of Learning to guide the design of learning, teaching, and assessment tasks. While working with novice and experienced teachers, I observed that thinking frameworks such as these provide too much information for teachers to process while designing daily lessons and assessments in their planning periods. So, I created a mashup of "SmartSkills" from a variety of thinking frameworks that focuses on three levels of 21st century thinking and learning:
  • Acquiring data,
  • Visualizing data as information, and
  • Applying knowledge gained from putting information to productive use.
These levels help teachers to move quickly from their content and skills to a high quality student product, performance, or exit ticket for a daily lesson. I think today's learning expectations can be integrated easily into these levels of 21st century thinking. Moreover, they accommodate any conventional and digital media thereby providing greater flexibility to teachers for addressing student learning preferences.


Learn more here:


Try our learning community's free interactive template for SmartSkills in the web-based instructional design tool known as TaskBuilderOnline and see example WikiTask lessons here:


Nick Hobar