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21st Century Learning BlogThe intent of this blog is to empower, inspire, and support teachers as they incorporate 21st century learning with the Common Core Standards and technology. The blog will share resources, ideas, and events and highlight what’s working in education in Sonoma County and around the world.

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5 Minute Film Festival Video Recap

It is Time to Ditch the Projector
As more and more schools move to 1:1 environments the need for an LCD projector is quickly declining. While it is nice to display documents on a screen in front of the room, there are several shortcomings often present with this approach. Many of the classrooms I visit have an LCD projector that is on a cart or on the teacher’s desk with cords going everywhere making it difficult to move around the front of the classroom. The teacher or student presenting often moves in front of the screen causing viewing problems. These projectors are often too close to the whiteboard (or screen if there is one) which makes the viewing area too small for students in the back of the room to see. Read More...

2017 5 Minute Film Festival
The Sonoma County 5 Minute Film Festival is back for the third year and this year’s theme is DISCOVERY. The festival is open to all Sonoma County students grades TK-12. The deadline to submit films is March 17, 2017. Please visit for more information. Read More...

Virtual Reality With Google Cardboard
Creating VR content is a great way for students to showcase learning and experiences that take place outside of the classroom. Students can create VR content about different ecosystems they visit and share it in science classes and with other students anywhere in the world. Teachers can create VR content at historical or literary sites for virtual field trips; the curricular opportunities are unlimited. Read More...

Videos from the reMAKE Education Summit
Last month 250 educators from around the country came to 180 Studios in Santa Rosa, California for the first annual reMAKE Education Summit. Here are the videos from the general session keynotes. Read More...

First Graders Leading the Way with PBL
First grade students at University Elementary at La Fiesta in Rohnert Park, California engaged in project based learning to design a new train for Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit. After hearing from an engineer from SMART, students in Mr. Kurda’s class designed and built a life-size, 16-foot long model of the new SMART train out of cardboard. They also created a custom logo, and route map. Read More...

Radical Collaboration at SXSWedu
One of the great things about the SXSWedu conference is the collaboration between different groups of people. There is a good mix of participants attending and presenting including educators, edtech professionals, educational non profits and policy makers. The national scope of the conference allows participants to gain a broad perspective of what is working in education and where things are headed. Read More...

Productive Chaos in Fourth Grade
This week I visited Vicky Hill’s fourth grade class at Oak Grove Elementary to help them finish their films for the 2nd Annual Sonoma County Five Minute Film Festival. Vicky had no experience with filmmaking on iPads in her classroom before she embarked on this venture two weeks ago, but she was willing to take a risk and see what her students could do. She felt that the two weeks were a period of “productive chaos.” Read More...

Why We Need Maker Education
I few weeks ago I accompanied Anna Van Dordrecht, SCOE's Teacher-on-Loan for Science, and her AP Biology Class from Maria Carillo High School on a field trip to Medtronic in Santa Rosa. Medtronic is a medical technology and services company with more than 85,000 employees worldwide and $9.4 billion in revenue last year. There are about 950 employees in Santa Rosa where Medtronic's vascular division makes coronary stents and stent graft systems for treating artery disease. Read More...

Common Sense Education Teacher Institute
Join Twitter and Common Sense Education for our first-ever Teacher Institute! Common Sense is a leading nonprofit organization working with schools across the country to offer research-based tools to help students embrace technology for learning. Come learn about how teacher resiliency, design thinking, and believing that your abilities can be developed through hard work can propel your teaching practice. You’ll hear from expert educators from across the Bay Area and Jane Breyer of HopeLab, a nonprofit working to harness the power and appeal of technology to improve human health and well-being. Senior leaders from Common Sense will also lead participants through an innovative mix of hands-on activities, Ignite sessions, and workshops. You’ll walk-away with practical and fun ideas for integrating digital citizenship, new ideas on how to engage students with digital tools, and lesson-planning know-how that you can implement in your classroom on Monday. Read More...

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