The 21st Century Classroom

Workshop Overview

Using the backwards design process, learn how to embed authentic use of technology into a project-based learning experiences for your students. With a focus on pedagogy, explore the use of several web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, podcasts and collaborative multimedia in various classroom examples from around the world. Ease of use, accessibility, and authentic audience make these simple tools an engaging and motivating facet to any classroom. From project design to classroom management, enhance your students’ learning through a redesigned look at the 21st century classroom.

Enduring Understandings

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the power of networked learning, both for teachers and students.
  • Begin building (or continue expanding) their own Personal Learning Network using tools like Twitter, blogs, RSS, Diigo, podcasts, Ning and Skype.
  • Explore the future of learning, through the use of innovative technology tools, and examples of current and upcoming projects.
  • Develop a unit or lesson featuring networked learning opportunities that can be implemented in their classroom immediately.
  • Be inspired to try new technologies in your classroom like Twitter, Diigo, and authentic blogging.
  • Connect with interested and enthusiastic colleagues from around the region, and the world.
  • Experience a hands-on workshop model where student-centered, project-based learning is fully integrated with a technology-rich environment. The strategies, structures and techniques in this model are easily applied to the classroom setting.


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2-Day Workshop Schedule

Day 1 Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 10:15 Session 1: Introduction (Readings & Discussion)
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Session 2: Setting the Stage (Presentation)
11:30 – 12:00 School Tour
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Session 3: SpeedGeeking & TechTips Braindump

(Demo & Hands-on)

2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Session 4: Getting Practical (Demo & Hands-on)
What would you like to do tomorrow?

Day 2 Schedule

8:30 – 10:00 Session 5: Talking Tech (Creating Teams)
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Session 6: Working Together (Preparing Your Pitch)
Revisit resources from Session 4
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Session 7: SpeedSharing (Roundtable Pitch)
2:00 – 3:00 Wrap-up/End of Workshop
Did we meet your goals?
Workshop feedback (for Kim)
Workshop feedback (for Sharin & EARCOS)


Collaborative Notes

Recommended Reading


People Mentioned:


Kim’s Bookmarks

(selected resources bookmarked and tagged based on the topics listed below):

Blog Posts from Kim


Videos Used in This Presentation

Part 1: Design


Teacher Tools

  • CoETaIL Observation Rubric : Assess yourself & your use of technology using this rubric designed for ISB’s Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy course
  • Looking for Learning : A model of peer-observation & student-focused feedback for teachers

Understanding by Design


Sample UbD Units


Project-Based Learning


Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

IBO: MYP Technology Design Cycle


Part 2: Tools

The Technology ToolBox

(description of tools and chart posted here)



Quick and easy ways to add extra features to your wiki

Social Networking:

Collaborative Multimedia:



Social Networks for Educators:

RSS Readers:

Blogging Platforms:

Keeping Connected:

Class Management:


Distance Learning:

Image Source:
free site for good images
Photo Pin
Search Engine:

Student Samples

Part 3: Management


Tips & Tricks