Tag Archives: P21

New Eyes

We just finished a segment on visual representations of learning. We had a fairly passionate conversation about some of the 21st Century Skills- definition and linkages- and then tried to create visual represntations of the ways they fit together. These were our choices of tools:

http://www.scribblar.com/
http://www.wordle.net/
http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/page/Wordle.html
http://www.slideshare.net/
http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/

My group picked wordle- I think because we recognized that there was inherent messiness in the conversation. Our results got lost in the ether, but I made another one for my own experience with P21 and the CSP. It’s small, but I think you get the idea.

Wordle: P21CSP

We also explored a visual ranking tool that’s not only free, but also wicked cool. It allowed us to work in small groups, prioritizing the elements of good adult learning and making comments on why we put things in different places. Then we could look at the work of other groups in the room (without leaving our own tables!) and see where we were the same and different from the others in the room. I could see so much potential for this in terms of chunking challenges, evaluating process and reflection. It’s worth a look!

Tomorrow morning is the big presentation- but not too big. I only get 5 minutes. I’m writing a challenge to share with the group- a challenge to help them understand what the CSP is, not a challenge to actually engage in. Hope I’m able to represent us well. Wish me luck.

Wakey-Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!

Well, actually egg burritos and fruit, but you get the idea. It’s a lovely morning here in Georgetown (hot as the surface of the sun, but lovely) and I enjoyed a short walk around the campus first thing. Not a bad way to start the day!

Yesterday afternoon had the atmosphere of a pep rally/ induction ceremony, but I suspect that today is going to be the heavy lifting portion of the training. Our agenda for the morning looks like this:

9:30 – 10:30 am P21 Framework
10:30 – 11:30 am P21 Support Systems
11:30 – 12:30 pm Guest Speaker
Dr. Chris Corallo, Henrico County
Director of Professional Development

Gotta love that 9:30 start. Stay tuned!

21st Century Skills

For the next 3 days, I’ll be working with a small group of newly-minted Professional Development Affiliate partners tapped by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. I’ll be liveblogging the event (sort of) so stay tuned to learn more! To learn more about the Partnership (or P21 as I’ve come to know them) visit http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/