21st Century Learning
The structures and practices employed in most schools today are largely based on assumptions and demands from a much earlier time and a very different world. Classes typically last about an hour. Mobile devices are required to be turned off during school time. Student learning happens primarily in classrooms, sitting in rows, studying discrete subjects. And for the most part, students come to school to learn and teachers come to school to teach. But there's no reason to assume that these schools still meet the needs of today's learners. Which is why we need to think deeply and critically about the systems, structures, and practices in place to educate today’s students for tomorrow’s world. Challenging our assumptions and identifying the changing needs of 21st Century learners is the first step in transforming learning in our classrooms, schools and districts. SCOE’s 21st Century Learning Team offers support, resources, and professional learning opportunities that promote shifts in teaching and learning to foster increased student agency, greater student engagement, hands-on learning, and authentic learning experiences connected to the world beyond schools.
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Two Videos on 21st Century Learning Initiatives
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Maker Certificate Program at SSU | Working with maker educators from throughout the Bay Area and with support from Maker Media, Inc., Sonoma State University and the Sonoma County Office of Education have collaborated to create the Maker Certificate Program, the first such program of its kind.Learn more...
North Bay Maker Educator Meetups
Maker Educator Meetups (MEMs) are an opportunity to meet with like minded educators and learn from one another. The goals of the monthly meetups (alternating between Sonoma and Marin counties) are support, networking, and equity — bringing design and making to all youth.
Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators | IDEO’s Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators, co-authored by ieSonoma 2014 panelist Annette Diefenthaler, can be accessed online.
Technology for Learners | Link
This section of the SCOE website outlines some of the resources and services available to schools that are using electronic tools in the classroom and integrating technology in the learning process.
Technology for Learners Blog | Link
Rick Phelan’s Technology for Learners Blog focuses on the effective integration of technology in schools. It offers ideas and resources to support purposeful use of technology in relation to the Common Core Standards and 21st century learning.
Maker Education (:30) | May 2015
This 30-second public service announcement describes how schools are shaping the next generation of innovators and inventors through Maker Education programs.
Design Thinking | Oct 2014
This SCOE Bulletin highlights design thinking as a way to find solutions to the issues facing education today. It is an innovative approach to problem solving that both students & adults can use.
21st Century Learning Featured (4:32) | April 2014
Dan Blake, SCOE director of innovation and partnerships, discusses 21st century learning in this Comcast Newsmakers interview.
21st Century Teaching and Learning (:30) | Sept 2013
This is a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) on SCOE’s initiative to support 21st century teaching and learning.
- Dan Blake, Director, Innovation & Partnerships
- Matt O'Donnell, Technology Innovation Specialist
- Casey Shea, Coordinator, Maker Education