Monday, September 8, 2014

Teaching for the 21st Century

Manchester school kicked off its Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) program, which will provide teachers with a solid understanding of  21st century teaching skills. Cohort participants will serve as teacher leaders in their schools to promote the use of instructional technology. Teachers will receive professional development through face-to-face workshops, live webinars, and online learning modules over the course of year one, with continued facilitated support in year two. This program is provided in collaboration with EdTech Teacher.

14 - 1.jpgT21 focuses on web-based tools for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, with a spotlight on Google Apps for Education and Google Chromebooks. 

21st Century isn't just about the technology - it's also about the thinking. A major cohort goal will be for teachers to develop projects that will help students learn key academic content while practicing 21st century skills and to begin the process of developing digital portfolios.

What’s in it for our educators?
  • They will gain a better understanding of strategies and ideas to leverage digital tools in the classroom to deepen students’ interest and engagement in academic learning. 
  • Teacher participants will receive a Google Chromebook and will gain a full understanding of how to leverage Google tools for communication and collaboration in the classroom.
  • Participation counts toward re-certification hours/professional portfolio.
  • Optional graduate credit.
Seventy-one teachers applied for 50 available seats through a rigorous application process. Participating schools in T21's pilot year are: Beech, Gossler Park, Hallsville, Jewett, McDonough, McLaughlin, MST, Parkside, Southside, Webster, West, and Weston.

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