Here are the notes from the August 29th "brainstorming session." The purpose of that session was to see where we all are, and begin to see if there are common themes of exploration. Also, please find below the "raw footage" of the 21st Century Classroom architecture exercise. From these pieces, can we begin to design a group contract? Space is noted below for that to evolve.


How can we transfer the knowledge gained to various departments/our schools – How can what we learn be replicable and applied.
Preparing a plan of action for those that are threatened by the ideals and application of a 21st Century classroom.


Same questions: How can we share this with others?


Assess and properly apply multiple 21st Century tools to enhance learning. (Suggestion is to assign each fellow a tool to try and report back on. Per session, 2 fellows will present a selected “beta practice”. Fellows will have the opportunity for feedback. There will be a page on the wiki categories by subject and discipline for fellows to artifact their presentation.)
Laura will also link the K12 Online Conference on the wiki. The K12 Online Conference is a conference led by educators for educators.

Our Questions

  • Can 21st Century learning really be applicable in my classroom?
  • How 21st Century learning impact skill-based disciples.
  • Is their room for creation when there is test accountability?
  • How will having a 21st Century classroom affect the CRCT, SAT, and AP test?
  • How to overcome the fear of change and lost of control?
  • How to overcome “learned helplessness” in our students and teachers?
  • How do we communicate to all stakeholders what we are doing, why, and that it works (assessment)?
  • Create an environment that moves from isolation to collaboration.
  • Create ways to inspire change and growth in our schools
  • Create ways to incorporate our learning into the threads of our schools and department.
  • Create a student-driven curriculum.
  • Design a rich 21st Century Classroom that acknowledges the barriers while communicating the knowledge to my community in a meaningful way.

Our First "Architecture"

Group 1:

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Group 2:

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Our First Reflections

Elisa's and Bernadette's 21st Century Classroom Invitation: Welcome

SKYPE Individual LC Conference Schedule

The dates and times available are noted below. Please place your name in the box beside the time that will work best for you. If there is not a time listed that is convenient, please suggest some days/times in the comment section at the bottom of the table.


Sunday, October 4, 2009
6:30 p.m.


7:00 p.m.


7:30 p.m.


8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 8, 2009
12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 10, 2009
10:00 a.m.
Finish Mon 10/12 F2F

10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
Sallie Gray

11:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 11, 2009
1:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Our Group Learning Contract

(Draft. Fellows please begin constructing this. Brandi and Laura will assist once we see your personal learning contracts.)
Learning Objectives
Learning Resources
and Strategies

Evidence of Accomplishment
of Objectives

Criteria and Means for
Validating Evidence

Become comfortable with an array
of technology tools that will make
classrooms more interactive and
Discover one or two technology
tools each meeting and commit
to trying them in the classroom
where applicable.
Consistent (weekly?) use of applicable
technology tools in the classroom.
Peer observations of
technology use.
To construct a collaborative project with peer group.
Use tools such as googledocs to co-construct project.
Completed project.
Self and group evaluation.
To share results of our cohort and its findings with colleagues at our schools without being 'threatening' to them.
Create presentations for our schools using documentation, photos, sharing articles, videos, websites, tools we've discovered, etc.
Photos, emails, surveys, responses.
Colleagues trying or using what we have shared; their responses.
Create a framework for developing a Professional Learning Community specific to each fellow's school or department.

Be able to effectively articulate what a 21st Century Classroom is.

Create a student-centered learning environment that incorporates differentiated instruction, 21st Century practices, and project-based assessment.