December 12, 2014
One way to better understand the concept of a 21st century classroom is through exploring what it is not. Unlike the numerous resources we have shared here on the defining features of a 21st century classroom, today I am sharing something different. This is a visual realized by Sean Junkins based on an article from Teachthought. The visual features ten ways to fake a 21st century classroom. I paraphrased and summarized them for you below. While I really like this work, I do, however, have some reserve on ideas in number 6 and 7. I don’t think they are properly articulated in the visual. But still the gist behind the work is well communicated. Have a look and share with us what you think of it.
1- Do Projects
Start your year with assigning students big world-changing projects to work on.
2- Create a class Twitter account
Create a Twitter account and start sharing trivial and mundane links on it.
Push students to contrive collaborative work.
4- Video conferencing with strangers
Use unplanned, unprepared and random video conference sessions with no relevance to what you teach and what your students learn.
Make parents believe that students are learning by repeatedly playing videos such as Ken Robinson and Shift Happens and creating a heightened sense of urgency in class.
6- Buy iPads
‘Get iPads to a classroom full of students pinching and zooming on little glass rectangles.’
7-Make students blog
Force students to blog
8- Apps on apps on apps
Download as many apps as you can till your iPad’s storage capacity is used up.
9-Blend, blend, blend
Blend whatever the cost and no matter whether students have access or the thinking habits to deal with flipped instruction.
10- Add a column for “creativity” on every rubric
‘Creativity is a 21st century currency, and the best way to make sure it happens is to give points for it.’