Title: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom: This course will be
offered in a blended learning environment. Teachers will investigate and analyze
current research and best practices to ensure students meet the Common Core Literacy
Standards. They will create lessons that develop and demonstrate the integration of
knowledge and ideas in diverse formats and media, as well as in writing. 21st Century
skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and innovation, communication,
and global connections will be practiced in an inquiry-based environment. Participants
will create an innovative unit in their content area that integrates inquiry-based learning
as well as literacy and technology skills to engage 21st century learners. There will be an
emphasis on developing teachers’ awareness of performance based tasks.
Number of Teachers: 20
Who: k-12 Educators in the Malden Public Schools
Dates: October 1, 2011 – December 2011 (12 weeks)
The course will run 12 weeks for a total of 45 hours. Participants will be required to
complete about 3 hours of work per week, with 9 additional hours built in to complete the
final unit plan.
Cost: $600 Stipend per teacher for successful completion = 12,000
Instructor Cost: $1,500 x 2 = $3,000
Total Cost: $15,000
PD Provider: Social Studies Teachers MPS
Person Responsible: Director of History/Social Studies, Judi Allen
This course will provide participants with the skills and tools that are essential for today's
21st century classroom. Participants will be encouraged to collaboratively draw on their
teaching experiences and new understandings to build a structure for how a 21st century
classroom will differ from a traditional classroom. Current research, pedagogy, and best
practices of 21st century teaching and learning will be explored. 21st Century skills such
as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and innovation, communication, and global
connections will be practiced in an inquiry-based environment. Participants will create an
innovative unit in their content area that integrates inquiry-based learning as well as
technology and literacy skills to engage 21st century learners.
Participants will be required to incorporate the Common Core Standards and
Massachusetts Standards for:
English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and
Technology Literacy Standards
Common Core for College and Career Readiness
Teachers in this course will be able to…
develop a framework for inquiry-based instruction, and an individual vision of
their own 21st century classroom.
create a virtual notebook using wikispaces to be used as a model for student
gain exposure and familiarity in using specific tools such as Wordle, Glogster,
Slide, Inspiration, Voicethread, Primary access, G-chat, Pirate pad, and embed
these tools into a virtual notebook.
develop their knowledge of the technological resources which will include blogs;
research and knowledge-sharing applications; presentation tools; and a wide
variety of communication, networking and creation tools.
create a teacher wikispace site to share lessons and units that employ a range of
tools to model how 21st century learners connect and communicate as well as
collaboratively research, synthesize and innovate.
reflect on use of technological resources, inquiry-based instruction, and the
development of a 21st century classroom.
create an innovative lesson/unit in their content area that integrates inquiry-based
learning as well as technology and literacy skills to engage 21st century learners.
Completion of all work assigned as specified in each of the 12 sessions:
Specific written assignments, uses of technological resources, and discussion tab
Personal voice will be developed through weekly reflections in forums on
Creation of a thorough virtual notebook that incorporates all assignments of the
Completion of Final Project as outlined below
Norms for discussion forum
Posting in our discussion forum is a major component of this course.
Show your thoughts: be clear in your responses to other members of the
community, make sure others know that you have read what they have offered,
stating specifically who and what you may agree or disagree with and/or what you
are commenting on.
Respect one another’s views: be a part of the conversation, assume positive
intent, your perspective is valuable, make sure that your online community knows
what you are thinking. Respect one another while “pushing” the thinking of the
group and/or individual.
Brevity and clarity are key: take the time to edit your contributions before posting
them, everyone has a lot to read and limited time, make sure your comments are
succinct and clearly stated.
Session 1: The 21st Century Classroom and Virtual Notebooks
Session 2: Inquiry Based Learning and Research Skills
Session 3: Using Technology Before, During and After Reading
Session 4: Navigation of WGBH Teacher’s Domain
Session 5: Communication
Session 6: Collaboration through Voicethread
Session 7: Unit Development
Session 8: Student Conversation
Session 9: Global Education
Session 10: Outlining & Mapping Tools
Session 11: Copyright and Lesson Planning
Session 12: Lesson/Unit Development
By the end of this 12 week course participants will design and create an innovative web-
based unit in their content area that integrates inquiry-based learning as well as
technology and literacy skills to engage 21st century learners.
The unit must demonstrate an understanding of the Massachusetts State and National
Education Technology Standards (NETS) for teachers and Students:
State Technology Standards: http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/standards/itstand.pdf
Student Technology Standards NETS_for_Students_2007_Standards.pdf
Teacher Technology Standards NETS_T_Standards_Final.pdf
Required & Recommended Readings
"21st Century Skills." The Metiri Group. Web. 22 July 2010.
Bernard, Sara. "Collaborative Crusader: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Learning
Community for Teachers | Edutopia." K-12 Education & Learning Innovations
with Proven Strategies That Work | Edutopia. Web. 12 Aug. 2010.
Cooper, Michael. "Spill Fund May Prove as Challenging as 9/11 Payments." The New York
Times. The New York Times, 21 Aug. 2010. Web. 8 Sept. 2010.
Crawford, Elizabeth O., and Misty M. Kirby. "Fostering Student's Global Awareness:
Technology Applications in Social Studies Teaching and Learning." Journal of
Curriculum and Instruction 2.1 (2008). The Southwestern Bell World Room.
Texas A&M University. Web. 3 Aug. 2010.
<http://worldroom.tamu.edu/Workshops/GlobalIssues2009/Becoming a Global
Citizen/Fostering Students' Global Awareness.pdf>.
"Current Curriculum Frameworks." Massachusetts Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education. Web. 6 July 2010.
"Inquiry Based Learning." Web. 15 July 2010.
“Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations.” Massachusetts
Department of Secondary & Elementary Education.. : Apr. 2008. Web. 17 July
"Moving the NETS Forward!" National Education Technology Standards. International
Society for Technology in Education. Web. 14 July 2010.
Rodriguez, Hayeli E. & NYC. “Back Story: How the Digital Revolution Changed Our
World.” Newsweeks Education Site. Newsweek. No 17.
revolution-changed-our-world.html. 27 July.2010.
“Tapscott on Changing Pedagogy for the Net Generation”. ASCD Inservice. 17 March
2010. http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2010/03/tapscott.html. 18 July 2010.
"What Is Inquiry-based Learning?" InquiryLearn Splash Intro. Web. 8 July 2010.
Graduate Course Credit Statement
Salem State University in partnership with Malden High School will award 3 graduate credits for
successful completion of the course.
Person Credits or
Date Project Activities
August, 2010 - Grant Evaluation Surveys Year 1 - Participating teachers Erica Fields,
September 2010 (cohort 1) complete survey from grant evaluators. Donahue
Judi Allen, Stipend
Continued development & completion 45 hr on-line course -
Aug. 31, 2010 - Michele PDP’s
The 45 hr on-line course will be completed and accessible in
Sept. 30, 2010 Magner, Jamie
Green, Ben Max
Partnership with WGBH - Completion and Implementation
Aug. 31, 2010 - 45 hr on-line course in collaboration with WGBH, the MPS
Jan 15, 2011 History Director, Technology Coordinator and the History lead
Green, Ben Max
August 31, 2010 - Grant Evaluation - Work with grant evaluators to assess Year Donahue
August 2011 2 Institute, Judi
Demonstration Classrooms - Two demonstration, high school Jamie Green, PDP’s
Sept. 1, 2010 -
history classrooms are fully operational, staffed by two teachers Ben Max
Jan 15, 2011
who serve as highly-trained lead learners.
Observe, debrief, and reflect - Teachers from Cohort 1 (Year Judi Allen, Stipend
Sept. 1, 2010 - 1) will observe, debrief and reflect with the lead teachers, the Michele
Jan 15, 2011 district’s Program Directors for History and the Instructional Magner, Jamie
Technology Coordinator for the 1st semester of the school year. Green, Ben Max
Implementation 21st Century Classroom practices Cohort 1 Judi Allen,
Sept. 1, 2010 - - Teachers from Cohort 1 will share 4 portable computer carts Michele
June 30, 2011 each containing 30 notebook computers and 1 teacher laptop to Magner, Jamie
implement and refine their 21st Century Classroom practices. Green, Ben Max
Judi Allen, 45 PDP’s or
Michele 3 Graduate
Magner, Jamie Credits.
Nov 1, 2010 - Feb 45 hr on-line course - The on-line course will be offered Green, Ben Max $600
31, 2010 October 2010 through December 2010 on MassONE - Moodle Technology
January 2011 Lesson Evaluation - Evaluation of 45 hour on-line lessons Carol
Technology Incentive - Malden participants in the 45 hour on- Judi Allen, $600
line course will be eligible to receive $650 towards a Michele Magner Technology
February 2011 technology purchase. Purchase
Implementation 21st Century Classroom practices Cohort 2 Judi Allen,
March 2011 to - With new technology purchases, teachers begin to implement Michele Magner
June 2011 many of the 21st Century Classroom practices from the 45 hour
Observe, debrief, and reflect, outside districts - Lead learners Judi Allen,
January 2011 - from other districts who participated in the 45 hr on-line course Michele
June 2011 will be encouraged to visit our demonstration classrooms to Magner, Jamie
deepen their understanding of the model and to share some of Green, Ben Max
their needs, interests and questions with Malden teachers and
Plan summer technology program - The participating history Judi Allen, Stipend
March 2011 - and science teachers from either cohort 1 or cohort 2 will Michele
May 2011 collaborate to plan a summer 2011 technology camp for forty Magner, Jamie
students. Green, Ben Max
Recruit Malden High School students who are at risk or Judi Allen,
May 2011 - June academically unmotivated, as participants for the summer 2011 Michele
2011 technology program Magner, Jamie
Green, Ben Max
Implement hybrid summer technology program - Teachers Judi Allen, Stipend
June 2011 - July
will refine their practices from the past while implementing a Michele Magner
collaboratively-taught, four-week summer lab course.
Student Incentive - summer program students will receive a Judi Allen, Netbook for
July 2011 -
netbook or other technology incentive, with the expectation to Michele Magner Students
continue this work in the academic school year 2011-2012.
Sustainability - The district will continue to support and fund Sid Smith, MPS
the class visitations and debriefings, the Summer Lab School, Superintendent
August 2011 -
and the Technology Coordinator position in support of the full
implementation of the project across the district.