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From Tom Daccord: Go to http://edtechteacher.org/lessons.html for explanations as well as a 'Web 2.0 & 21st Century Skills' slideshow. The projects aim to empower students by giving them responsibility over content creation, foster interdependence and community through synchronous and asynchronous collaboration, and develop "collective intelligence" via individual contributions.
1. "Great Debate of 2008" - Students from around the country come together to discuss issues and candidates surrounding the 2008 presidential election. Great Debate of 2008 wiki: http://greatdebate2008.wikispaces.com/ Great Debate of 2008 private online social network: http://greatdebate2008.ning.com/ (private)
2. "Day in Life of Hobo" podcast Interdisciplinary creative writing/historical simulation activity calls on students to research the plight of homeless teenagers during the Great Depression and create a radio show on the issue.
3. "Social Mobility" audio blogging Group audio blogging activity calls on students to compare social mobility and social inequality in America today with the "Gilded Age" of the late 19th century.
4. Mobcast "unit wrapup" Cell phone is used to record a unit-ending class conversation which is posted to the Web. Students listen to conversation in the evening before writing an analyitical essay.
5. iSearch literature reflection project By Peter Raymond, English teacher at Nobles. "A deep personal exploration" with literature within a public context via a blog.
Pat Bassett's presentation, "Right-Brained Future" http://www.nais.org/files/PowerPoint/RightBrainedFuture.ppt
Middlebury College students chronicle life in small-town Vermont: NY Times article
ISTE's NETS*S 2007 Implementation Wiki is another great resource (the Framework was a key resource for the NETS S refresh): http://nets-implementation.iste.wikispaces.net/
There are examples in the following categories: Videos of NETS*S in Action Creativity and Innovation Communication and Collaboration Research and Information Fluency Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making Digital Citizenship Technology Operations and Concepts Grades K-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Lesson Plans Resources for Lesson Plans Rubrics
From a technological place, this site is very simple (and that's one of the things I like about it.) It uses a blog environment to track this student's research project. Interesting to see how different types of media can be used within the context of a fairly traditional assignment. http://lastamericanpirate.net/wp/
1. The work of New Technology High School<http://www.newtechhigh.org/Website2007/about-NTHS.html>is outstanding-- they are very designed for urban students, and do terrific project based learning for 21st century skill-building. The website has sample student portfolios you could reference. I spent a day shadowing a student, and blogged<http://goodhighschool.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-technology-high-school-sacramento.html>about the excellent curriculum there, with many specific examples and stories.
2. There is a really interesting article<http://www.educationsector.org/research/research_show.htm?doc_id=716323>published at Ed. Sector very recently both describing 21st c. skills instruction, and beginning to evaluate measurements of it. It gives some nice examples, and also refers to NTHS as exemplary. The article is called Measuring Skills for the 21st. c.
3. Finally, you probably already know Tony Wagner's Global Achievement Gap book, which was published last summer and which I think is terrific. He concludes the book with a chapter about high schools that really are teaching 21st c. skills, and there are great "stories" therein. He features most prominently the work of High Tech High<http://www.hightechhigh.org/about/>School in San Diego, and its website also has sample student work you could examine that are really good. I am going to shadow students and live-blog at High Tech High next Monday and Tuesday, the 8th and 9th, if you are interested.
Hope this is helpful Jonathan