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Promising Practices Video Segments

The Promising Practices project started in 2009 with eleven video clips demonstrating how teachers conduct learning In and For the 21st century (shown at the bottom of the page). Those vignettes were captured in the urban Colorado school districts of Aurora, Denver, and Colorado Springs. The clips have been featured as "Video of the Day" by eSchool News. During the 2010-11 school year Academy 20, Adams 12, Brighton, Centennial, Colorado Springs 11, Littleton, and St. Vrain districts joined the collaboration and we have begun to post their contributions here and on C21L’s Vimeo website. The project has been supported in part with funding from the Colorado Department of Education, Enhancing Education Through Technology grant program.

Video Title List

01 Teacher Collaboration& 21st Century Skills
02 Self Direction
03 Studies in Student Collaboration
04 Invention
05 Information Literacy
06 Critical Thinking
07 Inquiry Quest


08 Student Perspective on Inquiry Quest
09 21st Century Writing & Publishing
10 Video Streaming Lessons
11 Student Collaboration: 2 Middle Schools
12 Student Communication In & Out of the Classroom
13 Promoting Student Independence 

Click here for more videos: Classroom Implementation of 21st Century Learning

 

 
Video
Description
Featured School
 

01

Teacher Collaboration &
21st Century Skills

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/31471328

Teachers discuss how to support students' 21st century skills and how they collaborate with peers to enhance student learning. Focus on Reflection, Collaboration.

Academy School District 20

02

Self Direction

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/31466876

Third grade Language Arts teacher and the school librarian infuse a research project on endangered animals with opportunities to learn 21st skills of self-direction and information literacy. Focus on student progress-monitoring and self-assessment techniques.

Academy School District 20

03

Studies in Student
Collaboration

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/31470368

Critical thinking, collaboration, and information literacy are incorporated into student investigations of probabilities and presentations of findings in digital formats.

Academy School District 20

04

Invention

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/31465463

Third grade students recreate or reinvent a folktale or fairy tale, presenting their work in book,
puppet, or PhotoStory form. Focus on student collaboration, thinking tools, and use of creativity rubric. Address Colorado standards of collaboration, self direction, creativity, innovation.

Academy School District 20

05

Information Literacy

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/31464123

Teachers discuss information literacy in the age of information abundance -- what it is, why it's
important, helping students acquire it, how to assess for it.

Academy School District 20

06

Critical Thinking

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/31413878

Teachers and high school students discuss using critical thinking skills to delve deeply into literature and prepare for and conduct a trial. Educators discuss the teacher as coach and facilitator of learning, helping students think about thinking, project assessment, student peer reviews, reasoning.

Academy School District 20

 

07

Inquiry Quest

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/29410687

District-developed Inquiry Quest provides a project for 8th graders to do in-depth research about a
global issue. Teacher conducts daily formative assessment. Topics in video: Socratic Seminars, critical thinking, evaluating information sources, information literacy, inquiry, problem solving, thinking
about alternative ways to find the information they seek.

-Niver Creek Middle School-

Adams 5 Star School District

08

Student Perspective on Inquiry Quest

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/29349200

A student and his father talk about all the stages of developing an Inquiry Quest project, culminating
in a video presentation. Focus on parent supporting the learner, critical thinking, reasoning,
information literacy.

-Niver Creek Middle School-

Adams 5 Star School District

 

09

21st Century Writing & Publishing

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/29766609

Teachers and students discuss writing in the 21st century, including awareness of digital publishing to a global audience. Students seek divergent opinions, think deeply and critically, linking their ideas to supporting sources, create visual reports.

Use: EasyBib, Diigo, oral recordings, blogging with CoverItLive, Webspiration, Wikispaces, exchanging work with peers, and live video feed of student fishbowl discussion with virtual guests, including author Daniel Pink.

 

-Arapahoe High School-

Littleton Public Schools

10

Video Streaming Lessons

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/29765717

Elementary teacher uses a web camera and Ustream to record and archive all mini lessons in reading, writing and math -- engaging students, parents, substitutes and her peers. The practice encourages student ownership, accountability. Focus on information literacy and self-direction.

-Franklin Elementary-

Littleton Public Schools

11

Student Collaboration:
2 Middle Schools

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/29592001

Sixth grade students collaborate regularly, with threaded discussion about their reading and broaden
their audience for their writing to their peers.

Use: Google Lit Trip, Google Maps, netbooks for reading and researching. Focus on reflection, critical thinking and reasoning, information literacy,
collaboration, self-direction.

-Goddard & Powell Middle School-

Littleton Public Schools

12

Student Communication In & Out of the Classroom

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/29592860

Fifth grade teachers collaborate daily to reach each student in their classes. The day begins with an
email or video about the day's lessons; when one is teaching, the other monitors the backchannel.

Use: CoverItLive, netbooks for reading and research, VoiceThread to post on pages or blogs. Focus
on reflection, information literacy, collaboration, self-direction.

-East Elementary-

Littleton Public Schools

13

Promoting Student Independence

Video Clip

 http://vimeo.com/29766144

Elementary teachers show ways they encourage independent learning by asking 5th grade students to lead lessons in collaboration with peers and 2nd grade visitors. Students videotape each other explaining math terms and post their explanations in a math glossary.

Use: class wiki, Scholastic Webhunt, Google Docs, netbooks for reading, CoverItLive, achievement badges. Focus on reflection, information literacy, collaboration, self-direction.

-Runyon & Centennial
Elementary-

Littleton Public Schools

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The video segments (each 3 - 5 minutes in length) capture the rationale and strategies for implementing 21st century learning. Used in conversations with colleagues, the videos provide a tool for professional learning and planning. Combined with C21L's assessment tools, the videos enable practitioners to compare their own work and planning to those presented.

Learning In the 21st century uses the tools, media, and cultural patterns of this era.

Learning For the 21st century aims at targets (skills, habits of mind, knowledge) that learners need to thrive in this era. See Learning In & For the 21st Century for more discussion of this topic.

CDEThe videos show teachers creating learning experiences for students that help to develop the 21st century skills cited in Colorado’s academic standards. In addition, teachers describe the learning goals they are pursuing and the strategies they are using. C21L will continue to add videos to the collection. If you are interested in contributing, or you have a promising practice to nominate, contact Stevan Kalmon.

 

 

 

    

Promising Practices - Classroom Implementation of 21st Century Learning
 

Introduction / Assessing 21st Century Learning
Research and Writing / Student and Teacher Collaboration
Guided Inquiry and Media Literacy / Cooperative Learning

Socratic Inquiry / Scientific Inquiry
Interdisciplinary Study / Scientific Problem Solving
Differentiation and Innovation  


 
Promising Practice Areas
Video Clip
Featured Teacher

 
Introduction / Assessing 21st Century Learning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEGtKFcu8bs
 

1

Sampling of practitioners’ comments on 21st century learning: Assessment of learning, owning learning, inquiry process, essential skills, metacognition

Video Clip
   

Various teachers and districts

2

Assessment of skills, learner self-assessment, peer assessment, reflections on learning

Video Clip
 

Donita Torres, Technology, Frontier K-8, Aurora

 

 
Research and Writing / Student and Teacher Collaboration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i9lpDbRtBw
 

3

Writing strategies, self-reflection, peer review, self-direction, information literacy, teacher-librarian collaboration

Video Clip
   

Suzanne Frachetti & Joyce Huggard, Writing & Information Science, Bill Roberts K–8, Denver

4

Student and teacher collaboration, learning relationships, learning roles, learning process

Video Clip
    

Megen Gilman and Janice Pacheco, Language Arts, Skinner MS, Denver

 

 
Guided Inquiry and Media Literacy / Cooperative Learning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOTn7FS_VKU
 

5

Skillful use of resources, independent learning, critical thinking skills, teacher as learner

Video Clip
   

Dana Clark, Information Science,
Valdez ECE–8, Denver

6

Multiple learning styles, learning to learn, application of skills

Video Clip
   

Jason Royal, Social Studies, Tesla Education Opportun-ity Center, Colorado Springs

 

 
Socratic Inquiry / Scientific Inquiry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouio5gADdDU
 

7

Discussion roles and responsibilities, use of evidence, peer assessment

Video Clip
  

Karen Shorkey, Language Arts, West Middle School, Colorado Springs

8

Experiential learning, guiding questions, metacognition

Video Clip
  

Jessica English, Science, Galileo School of Math & Science, Colorado Springs

 

 
Interdisciplinary Study / Scientific Problem Solving

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea_fQwaYcfs
 

9

Individual and group research, interactive learning, self-reflection

Video Clip
  

Stacey Brisben & Colleen Starkey, Galileo School of Math & Science, Colorado Springs

10

Experiential learning, project-based assessment, scientific inquiry, problem solving, daily reflections

 Video Clip
  

Stefanie Foreman, Physical Science, North Middle School, Colorado Springs

 

 
Differentiation and Innovation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F1vb7G1sqs
 

11

Performance assessment, mixed-aged and mixed-level classes, applied knowledge

Video Clip
   

Phil Hutcherson, Mathematics, West Middle School, Colorado Springs


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