21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Career and Technical Education Classroom
Integrating 21st Century skills and technology tools into all areas of education is necessary to prepare today's students to compete globally.
This six-session online course, plus an orientation session on 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Career and Technical Education Classroom is a content-specific course that focuses on incorporating 21st Century teaching and learning into Career and Technical Education curricula. Participants in this course will be introduced to 21st Century skills and tools and will learn how they can be used in the CTE classroom. Participants will complete an instructional plan that includes 21st Century skills and tools for use in their teaching.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course.
This course will enable participants to:
understand how 21st Century communication and collaboration skills foster higher order thinking skills in the CTE classroom,
understand how 21st Century thinking skills promote a deeper understanding of concepts in the CTE classroom,
understand how 21st Century assessments evaluate the learning styles of all students in the CTE classroom,
understand how 21st Century instructional models address the learning styles of all students in the CTE classroom,
recognize how 21st Century tools and resources enhance the learning process for digital learners in the CTE classroom and
understand the role of the teacher as a facilitator of 21st Century thinking and learning.
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete. High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will develop portions of a lesson plan during each week’s session. Weekly assignments address sections of this lesson plan and a Lesson Plan Template and Final Project Rubric are provided in Session One to guide project development.
The project for this course is a lesson plan using the Lesson Plan Template provided in Session One. Participants may either use a lesson already taught and add 21st Century skills to that plan or they may develop a new lesson. Each session focuses on a certain part of the lesson template to be completed. A mid-course check will be a partially completed lesson template (sessions one, two and three completed), submitted by the end of session three. At the end of session six, the completed Lesson Plan Template will be submitted. The template will be assessed according to the Final Project Rubric provided in Session One.
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance and the degree to which they extend the discussion. Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session.
Session One: Promoting Communication and Collaboration Skills in the 21st Century CTE Classroom
In this session, participants will investigate 21st Century communication and collaboration skills and how they can enrich teaching and learning in the CTE classroom. The readings will give participants information of the global nature of our classrooms. Participants will explore and search for collaborative skills used in the 21st Century units developed by Intel.
Session Two: Enhancing Thinking Skills to Promote Deeper Understanding in the 21st Century CTE Classroom
In this session, participants will explore how 21st Century thinking skills can be incorporated into teaching and learning in the CTE classroom. The readings will allow participants to understand the concepts of higher order thinking and the need for and use of open ended questioning in the classroom. After reading the selections, participants will have a choice of exploring two of three activities. The first activity is an example that could be used with students to promote higher order thinking. The second example is a demonstration of a tool that is available to teachers to use with their students. The third example is a techtorial that will allow participants to explore even further the aspect of higher order thinking.
Session Three: Assessing for Learning: Promoting CTE Course Comprehension through Balanced Assessments
In this session, participants will analyze the impact of balanced assessments (formative classroom, summative, benchmark) on 21st Century teaching and learning in the CTE classroom. The readings will help participants better understand the role of assessment from the teachers' view point as well as that of students. After reading the given selections, participants will be guided through an activity by Intel that will allow them to develop a 21st Century assessment for the CTE unit they are developing.
Session Four: Evaluating and Applying Instructional Models for the 21st Century CTE Classroom
In this session, participants will evaluate instructional models for evidence of 21st Century teaching and learning. The readings will bring out educational points that strengthen class units for the 21st century. Participants will then review lessons for their grade level and will use a check sheet to help evaluate the strengths of the lessons in 21st Century skills.
Session Five: Utilizing 21st Century Tools and Resources in the CTE Classroom
In this session, participants will review the 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools Standards for West Virginia Schools and explore examples of 21st Century tools and resources as they apply to the CTE classroom. Participants will then discuss and reflect as to how the resources and tools could be used, adapted, or improved for use in their own lesson plan.
Session Six: Leading the 21st Century Classroom: Evolving Roles of 21st Century CTE Teachers
In this session, participants will examine the evolving role of the teacher in the 21st Century CTE classroom. Readings include the underlying principles of the learner-active, technology-infused classroom and what it should look like as well as technology management techniques that include scheduling, record keeping, and group work. After reading the given selections, participants will incorporate what they have learned to complete their project template.