21st Century Skills: Natives and Immigrants

What are 21st Century Skills? Why are they important? Why are our students called digital natives, and why are teachers considered digital immigrants? Are students today really different? What are the implications for teaching and learning? And what do I really need to be able to do with technology to be a good leader? In this workshop we will explore the answers to these questions and develop individual professional plans to meet the challenges of preparing our students today for a tomorrow we can barely imagine. For Professional Staff Only



Enduring Understandings:

Participants will understand implications of 21st Century Skills in instructional design.
Participants will understand the definitions of digital immigrants and digital natives.

Participants will be able to see lesson plans designed with 21st Century Skills at the core.

Essential Questions:
Why are 21st Century Skills important in instructional design?
What are the implications of the research findings related to "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"?


Knowledge and Skills:
Participants will understand the terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants".
Participants will understand the definition of 21st Century Skills.
Participants will understand the research behind 21st Century Skills and "digital natives" and "digital immigrants".
Participants will understand how to design lesson plans with 21st Century Skills at their core.


Assessment Evidence/Instruments:
Pre-Assessment
Post-Assessment


Learning Activities:
Navigation of 21st Century Skills Natives and Immigrants Wiki
Discussion
21st Century Skills Rubric & Project


Required Materials/Resources
Technology Workshops Wiki
Internet
Laptops
Projector


Don't forget to fill out an evaluation!

Workshop Navigation

Essential Question: What are the implications of the research findings related to "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"?
  1. Take this pre-assessment.
  2. Read What is the definition of a digital immigrant? What is the definition of digital native? In what ways do digital immigrants learn differently than digital natives? What problems pop up when digital immigrants teach digital natives in the classroom? What can be done to address the disconnect between digital natives and digital immigrants?
  3. Read What is neuroplasticity? What is malleability? What do these terms have to do with "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"? According to the article, what are the causes underlying the digital immigrant's perception of the digital native as having a short attention span?
  4. Read Jamie McKenzie: Digital Nativism Digital Delusions and Digital Deprivation What issues does McKenzie have with Prensky's research? Do you agree or disagree with McKenzie? What are the implications of agreeing with McKenzie?
  5. Watch "Did You Know?" What information presented in "Did You Know?" reinforces Prensky's research on "digital natives" and digital immigrants"?
  6. Watch "Have You Been Paying Attention?" What information presented in "Have You Been Paying Attention?" reinforces Prensky's research on "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"? Are there any points in "Have You Been Paying Attention?" were the presentation appears overly optimistic about the implementation of technology into the classroom?
  7. Watch Sir Ken Robinson's "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" What is your reaction to Robinson's presentation on schools? Do you agree? Disagree? How does creativity have to do with "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"?
  8. View All Three Library of Congress Webcasts: The Anthropology of Digital Natives, Digital Natives: Everything Bad is Good For You, Digital Natives: Open Source Reality
  9. Read "Listen to the Natives" from Educational Leadership, Volume 63, Number 4

Essential Question: Why are 21st Century Skills important in instructional design?
  1. Read "21st Century Skills, Education & Competitiveness"for an in-depth look at 21st Century Skills.
  2. Download and read then navigate Partnership for 21st Century Skills In what ways does the Partnership for 21st Century Skills connect to Prensky's research on "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"?
  3. Download and read the navigate enGauge 21st Century Skills What are the 21st Century Skills?
  4. Download and read then navigate International Society for Technology in Education In what ways does the Internation Society for Technology in Education connect to Prensky's research on "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"?
  5. Take a look at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Academic Standards Do these standards connect at all with the 21st Century Skills Framework? How about the NETS Standards for Teachers? How can an educator successfully navigate this plethora of standards? Which standards would Prensky promote?
  6. Use this ASN Viewer to find standards for any state in the United States. What state standards most do you feel are most effective for your content area?
  7. Take a look at the 2007-2008 LoTi Results for the Lower Merion District Where are we at as a district in terms of targeting 21st Century Skills in our instructional design and professional development?
  8. Watch "The Machine is Using Us" What does Web 2.0 have to do with "digital natives" and "digital immigrants"?
  9. Download and read What do you like about the rubric? What would you change about the rubric?
  10. Using the Technology Project Rubric, navigate Evalutech Technology Literacy and 21st Century Skills and Thinkfinity and AT&T 21st Century Literacies for sample lesson plans. Locate one that you feel would score highly on the Technology Project Rubric Draft. Explain why.
  11. Download and fill out How might filling out this document help you in terms of developing as a "digital immigrant" and implementing 21st Century Skills in the classroom?
  12. Read Virtual Schools and 21st Century Skills Check out this document for some lesson plans which incorporate 21st Century Skills.
  13. For further exploration on ideas surrounding 21st Century Skills, visit Lower Merion 21st Century Skills Wiki
  14. Partnership for 21st Century Skills Debuts '21st Century Skills and English Map'
  15. Take this post assessment.