21st Century Skills:
in an e-World
eworld

Johnston Community School District

To compliment the Iowa Core Curriculum, 21st Century Skills will be integrated into the content areas. The Skills fall into 4 categories:
1. employability skills
2. financial literacy
3. health literacy
4. technology literacy

 

Technology Literacy
*Primary Elementary, Intermediate Elementary, and Middle School are still being developed as noted in the Iowa Core Curriculum, Jan. 09


Elementary Grades
1. Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology

Create a picture, using Kid Pix Share pictures  
Create a concept map, using Kidspiration    
Create a comic strip, using conversation bubbles and story concepts    
Use graphic organizers to demonstrate concept relationships (Kidspiration)    
Create a timeline of events Share timeline, print, or post online  
Create a podcast (audio file) on a specific concept Post and share online

Ask and receive feedback from peers, parents, and other global partners

Create a presentation on a specific topic, using images, data    
Create a word processing document on a topic Share with others via network or online; receive feedback  
Collaborate on a slide show with a group    
Create an audio commercial on a social issue (character pillar)    
Create a reflective journal (word processing), that is added to as the year progresses    
Create a 'word cloud', using Wordle    

2. Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others

Create a story collaboratively in a group, using Kid Pix to illustrate and write the story. Record the story, using Audacity.
Teacher publishes the story, using Kid Pix as images and the recorded audio (web page, video podcast).
Read digital books online    
Collaborate with others using online tools (epals, blogging)    
Conduct collaboration, using email pals    
Create a podcast (audio file) on a specific concept Post and share online

Ask and receive feedback from peers, parents, and other global partners

Record book talks (lit circles), then evaluate responses together as a discussion and learning enviroment    
Use online pictures as writing prompts Use a blog to share writings with others  
Use educational podcasts created by other students    

3. Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information

Digital microscopes    
Digital cameras    
Digital camcorders    
Science probes    
Classroom Response Systems (clickers)    
Online Simulations    
Online Research Sites and Online Tools    
Audio recorders    
Subscribe to educational podcasts as a classroom    

4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills using appropriate tools and resources to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions

Create a graph, modeling information organization Using a graph, construct a conclusion or decision Publish a graph and results to audience via online tools
Create an online survey Tabulate data from online survey or retrieve data Publish survey, survey results, and conclusions of data

Use online resources:
Nettrekker
Accuweather
World Book Online
Soundzabound
Schools Clipart
Google Earth
Health Sites

Online Poem creator, postcard creator
Click and Learn sites
 
Create a presentation on a specific topic, using images, data    
     

5. Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology, and practice legal and ethical behavior

Use the AUG lesson, discussion, and poster    
Acknowledge resources in citations    
Participate in Online Safety Program (grade 5), NetSmarz program    
Complete You Be the Judge Activity on social issues and ethical behavior (grade 5)    
     

6. Demonstrate a sound understanding of technolgy concepts, systems, and operations

Demonstrate proper keyboarding skills (as appropriate to grade level and benchmark)    
Demonstrate basic use of a program (opening, saving, navigation)    
Demonstrate basic use of a Web Site (opening browser, entering a web address, navigation)    
Save and print, using network servers, folders, and printers    
Demonstrate use of online resources (content academic sites, blogging, email, content sites)    
Demonstrate use of online research sites (grade 4/5)    

 

Middle School Level - High School
Technology Literacy

1. Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology

Blogs
Wikis
Create a comic strip, using conversation bubbles and story concepts
Use graphic organizers to demonstrate concept relationships (Inspiration)
Create a timeline of events (print, or post online)
Create a podcast (audio file) on a specific concept (post online)
Ask and receive feedback from peers, parents, and other global partners
Create a presentation on a specific topic, using images, data
Create a word processing document on a topic (Share with others via network or online; receive feedback)
Collaborate on a slide show with a group - Google Docs for sharing and collaborating
Create an audio commercial on a social issue
Create a reflective journal (word processing/blog), that is added to as the year progresses
Create a 'word cloud', using Wordle
Listen to a podcast - create a review on topic or big ideas from session


2. Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others

Create a story collaboratively in a group, using Google Docs.

Record the story, using Audacity

Teacher publishes the story, using images and the recorded audio (web page, video podcast).

Read digital books online
Collaborate with others using online tools (21Classes.com, blogging)
Conduct collaboration, using email pals

Create a podcast (audio file) on a specific concept

Post and share online

Ask and receive feedback from peers, parents, and other global partners

Record book talks (lit circles), then evaluate responses together as a discussion and learning enviroment

Use online pictures as writing prompts

Use a blog to share writings with others

Use educational podcasts created by other students


3. Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information

Digital cameras
Digital camcorders
Classroom Response Systems (clickers)
Auditory Recording Devices
Online Research Sites and Online Tools
Subscribe to educational podcasts as a classroom


4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills using appropriate tools and resources to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions

Create a visual organizer, modeling information concepts/compare/contrast

Publish a graph and results to audience via online tools

Create an online survey

Tabulate data from online survey or retrieve data

Publish survey, survey results, and conclusions of data

Use online resources:
Nettrekker
NoodleTools
Accuweather
TurnItIn
World Book Online
Soundzabound
Schools Clipart
Google Earth
Health Sites/Topics

Create a presentation on a specific topic, using images, data
Online Poem creator


4.Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology, and practice legal and ethical behavior

Use the AUG lesson, discussion, and poster
Acknowledge resources in citations
 


5. Demonstrate a sound understanding of technolgy concepts, systems, and operations

Demonstrate use of a program (opening, saving, navigation)
Demonstrate use of a Web Site (opening browser, entering a web address, navigation)
Save and print, using network servers, folders, and printers
Demonstrate use of online resources (content academic sites, blogging, email, content sites)
Demonstrate use of online research sites
Demonstrate use of collaborative online sites

 



General Online Resources

bookwormReading
*Playaway K-12 School purchasing

Playaway Store

*Audio books- public domain

*Audio Books for free

Recorded Books, LLC - fee-based collection downloadable for school libraries

Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children (list of audio books to good to miss)

*Sites for Young Readers
- Reading is Fundamental Stories
- Between the Lions
- BookPals Storyline
- Tumble Books Click 'Go to Tumblebooks'

 

pencilWriting
*Writing Made Easy and FUN!
- Visual Writing Prompts: Cabin -- Colorburst -- House in Time -- Steps -- Whose Door?

*Pics4Learning - site with copyright free images (for teachers and students)

*Story Starters - end writer's blah, blah, blah >> use these story starters

*Cartoon Factory - create the dialog to cartoon thought and speech bubbles

*Comic Creator - Read, Write, Think

Word Processing Peer Editing – comment editor

*Blogs - Blogmeister, 21Classes; ePals

*Comic Life - Plasq Site

Wiki - Teachers New to Wikis - PBWiki free site
7 Things You Should Know About Wikis - a informational document
Wikispaces for Teachers - collaborate and share with other teachers
Wikis in Plain English - a Common Craft video

*Sites to Publish Student Work - writing for an audience

District Web Server or Intranet Server

*Collaborative Writing - Google Docs
Google Docs in Education - resource page with introductory video and examples schools' use
Teach Collaboration Revision with Google Docs- teacher crib sheet, collaborative checklist and revision guide
Marking Work in Google Docs (Grading) - a blog by Tom Barrett
Google Docs Video - a Common Craft video

*Teacher Conferencing with Audio Files
- Adam (Thinking About Thinking) - Melinda and Teacher


Reading and Writing Resources

The 11 Rules of Writing
This site is a concise guide to some of the most commonly violated rules of writing, grammar, and punctuation. It is intended for all writers as an aid in the learning and refining of writing skills.

*Grammar Girl - Podcast
Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules.

Learn Out Loud
This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources.

Reading and Writing Web Site Resources
This PDF file is from Heartland AEA's Technology Integration Collaborative group; educators shared web sites to support reading and writing.

Ethical Use of the Read/Write Web - an article by Mark Wagner

 

Speaking and Listening
*History Channel - Classroom/Video Gallery/Speeches

Radio Works - documentaries

*Audacity - free audio recording program/downloads

Education Podcast Network

Podcast Directory

*National Public Radio Podcasts


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