National Association of Independent Schools 2009

Leading a 21st Century Learning Community for Change and Innovation
You know the "what" of 21st century learning and skills, but remain challenged as to the "how" in making it happen? From focus group discussions to using Web 2.0 tools, learn of an eclectic approach one K-12 school has undertaken. Join in discussions on the pitfalls and and victories in building a 21st century learning community,

Friday, February 27, 2009
8 am
ROOM: W471 B

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Welcome to Our Presentation and Resource Wiki

During the presentation, we won't have time to touch on each and every resource listed below. But, you can return to explore these resources at your leisure.

Our Challenge and Why Change

In Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, Clay Shirky writes, “Now that there is competition to traditional institutional forms for getting things done, those institutions will continue to exist, but their purchase on modern life will weaken as novel alternatives for group action arise.”

  1. Teens and Social Media
  2. Writing, Technology and Teens
  3. Future of the Internet
  1. Click here for the blog post
  2. Click here for her pre-conference podcast

  • Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns predicts that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet.

  • The Millennials: The Dumbest Generation or the Next Great Generation? Mark Bauerlein, author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, and Neil Howe, author of Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation--debated this central question, while addressing others as well, e.g. What do data tell us about the impact of new technologies on learning and attainment? What does this mean for youth and schooling in America? How are today’s youth affecting technological development, our way of life, and our institutions? (Audio and video available)
  • Revised Bloom's Taxonomy


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What is 21st century learning? Debate and Review


Montgomery Academy Learning Community Video
The video below highlights the tools and what they make possible in our learning community.



New Tools for a New Century
Article highlights how Upper School teachers are using Web 2.0 tools.

Rethinking: Instead of teaching teachers to teach with technology, begin teaching teachers to learn with technology.

The How: Not Just One Direction but Many....

  1. Usage statistics
  • Informal and formal professional learning support
  • Digital Buffets To ask a teacher what she wants to do does not go far enough. She must first know what is possible.
  • Personal Learning Network: Meeting the Challenge of Learning and Sharing
  1. The Networked Teacher
  2. The Networked Student
  3. 21st century learning guru Will Richardson explains personal learning networks
  4. From the International Association of Technology in Education, Learning and Leading with Technology journal:
    Growing Your Personal Learning Network by David Warlick. Free PDF download through April 2009.
  5. Click here to view Stephanie Sandifer's Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development presentation It's 5 O'clock Somewhere: In this session, learn about tools that allow you to collaborate globally with other educators or with other classrooms. The presenter will introduce a selection of easy-to-use, free tools that make global communication and collaboration possible and include strategies for developing a personal learning network with other educators. She will highlight some successful classroom projects that have allowed students to collaborate with other students around the world.
  1. Frameworks of Learning Developed by Teachers in Spring 2008
  • It's Not Just About Technology - Teacher Recognition
  • MA 21st Century Teaching Community Network Summer Study By appointment and scheduled times
  • Establishment of Team Approach to Professional Learning (Two years to identify and implement professional learning goals.)
  • Leveraging Digital Tools for Learning--Social Bookmarking
  1. Click here to learn more about social bookmarking

Where We Are Today....



Great to meet and begin following other Twitter users during the session!

Twitter Resources

Twitter for Teacher: Find other educators with whom you share interests

Twitter Freaks group at Diigo

List of US Government Twitter addresses



Summary of Benchmarks

First Phase of Community Building 2007-2008


Second Phase of Community Building 2008-2009