Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Super Summary part 1

Super Summary Part 1 pg. 1 to 19
We are moving from the industrial age of machines and engines to the knowledge age of information-driven and global networking. These days the knowledge age exceeds industrial age spending by $5 billion (Trilling, & Fadel, 2009). The knowledge age work will soon make the industrial age work go away due to the impact of the knowledge age tools. The work needed by the industrial age will be transferred to lower-wage countries. Changes that occur will cause the demands of education to increase because educators will have to prepare future workers to deal with challenges of their times. But to have expert knowledge workers, every country needs an education system that produces them; therefore, education becomes the key to economic survival in the 21 st century (Trilling, & Fadel, 2009).
Current studies show that students that are graduating from secondary school do not have the skills needed to perform in this ever changing world. Then in turn companies are spending more money on training their employees. In the past, the skills focused on routine manual and cognitive skills, but have now moved to complex communication and expert thinking. As educators, we need to prepare students with these skills for many jobs that do not exist yet. How do we prepare for something that we do not know yet?
As we prepare our students, what do we expect our school to do for our children? Education plays four universal roles on society. It empowers us to contribute to work and society, exercise and develop our personal talents, fulfill out civic responsibilities, and carry out traditions and values forward (Trilling, & Fadel, 2009). These goals have been constant through the years; the part that changes is how people go about meeting them. In the industrial age, work shifted from farm to city and from fields to factories and now to communication and knowledge.
In the 21st century, to meet the four goals we need to change what we prepare our students for. The first goal of contributing to work and society, we need to be able to learn quickly and master broad skills of essential learning. Team work, communication, problem solving and creativity will lead to culturally rich societies. Fulfilling personal talents can be met by offering the opportunity to use the technology to increase different talents. The civic responsibilities can be met with the access of the internet, which increase issues, facts, conversations and opinions that inform participate in decision making skills. Learning the core principles and blending them with knowledge will be in high-demand for the 21st century.
In summary, we are preparing student for job, skills, technology, and problems that are not yet known. This brings me back to the quote on page three in 21st century skills Learning for life in our times, “ We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…using technologies that haven’t yet been invented… in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.” As educators, what does this mean for us and how are we to be teaching these areas when we don’t even know where it is going or what is going to happen?

Monday, October 25, 2010

I chose this picture because of the simplicity of 21st century skills. The keys are changing color and size are they create a circle. The allusion is the same with 21st century skills. We need our skills to change so a growth can occur.


I chose this picture for my book cover because it metions the character in the middle as the networked teacher and shows all of the different networking that is accomplished. With a 21st Century skills mindset of instruction, students need to work in many ways as their own teacher and use these different networking tools in order to progress through Bloom's taxonomy to be successful students.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book Cover Image

I chose this picture because it includes the aspects of 21st Century learning. It is bright and attractive and visually communicates the relationships of these aspects with each other.

I choose this image because technology is constantly changing. Ten years ago, most people were not familiar with what a GPS was and now most people have them in their cell phone. This image of a coffee mug on the magna doodle, shows just how much technology has advanced over the years.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Book Cover Image

I chose this picture because heading into the 21st Century Skills is like an open Highway. We need to run at it! Like Forrest Gumpsays --I just kept running and running and running! It is going to be a challenge but it will help our chidlren succeed in the future of technology.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Welcome to Literature Circle Seven!

Your Super Summarizer schedule is as follows:

Section One--Due October 28, Stephanie Dyck
Section Two--Due November 4, Rebecca Gerrity
Section Three--Due November 11, Kristy Heathershaw
Section Four--Due November 18, Melissa Kistler (Giggee)
Section Five--Due December 2, Jeanine Sykora
Section Six--Due December 9, Julie Witcraft