21st Century LearningScenarios

Jim is presenting a community service project his middle school students carried out with a local day care center and elders in the community. In the project, his students collaborated with elder community members and day care children to record perspectives on childhood and growing up in the community. The students created movies, podcasts, and blogs to communicate the elder community members interests during childhood and compared that to the interests of the children in the daycare. Each middle school student captured the interests, heroes and so on as related by the community members and local day care children. Then, back in their own classroom, Jim’s students wrote and illustrated books featuring the individuals they interviewed. Jim begins his presentation in his PLC with an impassioned description of his students and the challenges he has faced in working with them. “This has been a real breakthrough in working with this group,” he explains enthusiastically. He begins to tell an anecdote about one of his “toughest cases” sitting down with one of his middle school students who was frequently absent. This student became captivated by the project and immersed himself in the use of 2.0 collaborative and communication tools. During the project, Jim noted that the student was rarely absent. What evidence can you find in this scenario that demonstrates 21st Century Learning? Use the NC Evaluation Rubric to make notations based on the scenario.

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