Saturday, February 2, 2013

21st Century Learners Study Africa

How Can We Help Students Excel in the 21st Century?

The Extended Studies Sub-Group of Proctor School's School Council has been reading 21st Century Skills by Bernie Trilling & Charles Fadel which outlines the skills needed for students to excel in the 21st century.  At the same time I have been working with a group of sixth graders on a project that has all the elements outlined in this book. 

Take a look at Part 2: What Are 21st Century Skills?
Chapter 3 Learning and Innovation Skills: Learning to Create Together
  • Learning to Learn and Innovate
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
The sixth graders in Ms. Strobl's and Mrs. DeOreo's classes were given the assignment to research issues in Africa.  They worked in groups of three and used the iPads to research their topic.  After gathering the information they were given the task of becoming experts on their topic in order to teach it to others.  They used the app educreations as their platform of instruction.  Collaboratively they worked and assembled their finished product.  I am so proud of the effort everyone put into this assignment.
The people of Africa face many challenges and struggles.  For many, even daily life is difficult. 
  • Describe the problem.
  • Why is it a problem?
  • Where is Africa is this issue most commonly faced?  Include a map.
  • What are some causes?
  • What are the solutions to this problem?
  • What is the greater impact on the world?
  • How can we help? 
Here are their amazing completed projects:

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