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Is your school a 21c school? Are you a 21c teacher?

A nice test for the week end.....And some ideas too

21 Signs You’re a 21st Century School

 1.     Your book report list…includes a selection of e-books. amazon.com

2.     Your students work on collaborative projects…with students in Australia.  epals.com

3.     You give weekly class updates and homework clues…via your blog.

4.     You prepare substitutes with detailed directions…via Podcasts. YouTube

5.     You use a paperless, online system… for registration and enrollment. k12online

6.     You stream live webcams in the classroom… for a first-hand look at places, nature, and animals. Earthcam.com

7.     You realize the importance of professional development…and read blogs, join online communities, and tweet for self-development.

8.     Your students share stories of their summer vacation…through an online photo repository.  Shutterfly

9.     You teach your students not to be bullies…or cyberbullies. stopbullying.gov

10.  You have your morning coffee…while checking your RSS feed.

11.  You take your students on a field trip to the Great Wall of China…and never leave your classroom. trip list

12.  Students are involved in global classroom projects…focused on the environment. Global Classrooms

13. You are remodeling… to create environmentally friendly, energy efficient, “green” schools.

14.  To help with tight classroom budgets…you utilize many of the free resources available on the web.  free.ed.gov,discoveryeducation.com

15.  You require your students to conduct an interview…via Skype or FaceTime.

16.  You are a part of the 21st century education…paradigm shift!

17.  Your curriculum is project-based…rather than textbook-driven. project based learning

18.  Students are required to submit a research report… on video.

19.  You share lesson plans with other teachers…from around the globe. teachingthatsticks

20.  When working on a research project…textbooks are not the first source of reference.

21.  Your response to people who say…It’s impossible, do you really think you can reform education?  “I think I could, if I only knew how to begin. For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.” -Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Every great achievement was once impossible until someone set a goal to make it a reality.


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Comment by Julie Lindsay on October 25, 2012 at 4:09pm

Catalina, an interesting and useful list!

Comment by Barbara Morganfield on October 22, 2012 at 7:19am

This is great, thanks for sharing it!


Comment by Julie Balen on October 22, 2012 at 1:23am

I love the idea of #4, but I have yet to make a podcast. But #2, 7, 10, 11, 16, 20, and 21 are definitely part of my repertoire.

Thanks for this.

Comment by Tasha Cowdy on October 22, 2012 at 12:34am

I love this list! It's a good inventory : ) Thanks for sharing.

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