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21st Century Learning Blog

21st Century Learning BlogThe intent of this blog is to empower, inspire, and support teachers as they incorporate 21st century learning with the Common Core Standards and technology. The blog will share resources, ideas, and events and highlight what’s working in education in Sonoma County and around the world.


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2017 5 Minute Film Festival
12.12.16
The Sonoma County 5 Minute Film Festival is back for the third year and this year’s theme is DISCOVERY. The festival is open to all Sonoma County students grades TK-12. The deadline to submit films is March 17, 2017. Please visit http://scoe.org/film for more information. Read More...


Virtual Reality With Google Cardboard
09.16.16
Creating VR content is a great way for students to showcase learning and experiences that take place outside of the classroom. Students can create VR content about different ecosystems they visit and share it in science classes and with other students anywhere in the world. Teachers can create VR content at historical or literary sites for virtual field trips; the curricular opportunities are unlimited. Read More...


Videos from the reMAKE Education Summit
09.06.16
Last month 250 educators from around the country came to 180 Studios in Santa Rosa, California for the first annual reMAKE Education Summit. Here are the videos from the general session keynotes. Read More...


First Graders Leading the Way with PBL
06.13.16
First grade students at University Elementary at La Fiesta in Rohnert Park, California engaged in project based learning to design a new train for Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit. After hearing from an engineer from SMART, students in Mr. Kurda’s class designed and built a life-size, 16-foot long model of the new SMART train out of cardboard. They also created a custom logo, and route map. Read More...


Radical Collaboration at SXSWedu
03.15.16
One of the great things about the SXSWedu conference is the collaboration between different groups of people. There is a good mix of participants attending and presenting including educators, edtech professionals, educational non profits and policy makers. The national scope of the conference allows participants to gain a broad perspective of what is working in education and where things are headed. Read More...


Productive Chaos in Fourth Grade
02.05.16
This week I visited Vicky Hill’s fourth grade class at Oak Grove Elementary to help them finish their films for the 2nd Annual Sonoma County Five Minute Film Festival. Vicky had no experience with filmmaking on iPads in her classroom before she embarked on this venture two weeks ago, but she was willing to take a risk and see what her students could do. She felt that the two weeks were a period of “productive chaos.” Read More...


Why We Need Maker Education
10.14.15
I few weeks ago I accompanied Anna Van Dordrecht, SCOE's Teacher-on-Loan for Science, and her AP Biology Class from Maria Carillo High School on a field trip to Medtronic in Santa Rosa. Medtronic is a medical technology and services company with more than 85,000 employees worldwide and $9.4 billion in revenue last year. There are about 950 employees in Santa Rosa where Medtronic's vascular division makes coronary stents and stent graft systems for treating artery disease. Read More...


Common Sense Education Teacher Institute
09.21.15
Join Twitter and Common Sense Education for our first-ever Teacher Institute! Common Sense is a leading nonprofit organization working with schools across the country to offer research-based tools to help students embrace technology for learning. Come learn about how teacher resiliency, design thinking, and believing that your abilities can be developed through hard work can propel your teaching practice. You’ll hear from expert educators from across the Bay Area and Jane Breyer of HopeLab, a nonprofit working to harness the power and appeal of technology to improve human health and well-being. Senior leaders from Common Sense will also lead participants through an innovative mix of hands-on activities, Ignite sessions, and workshops. You’ll walk-away with practical and fun ideas for integrating digital citizenship, new ideas on how to engage students with digital tools, and lesson-planning know-how that you can implement in your classroom on Monday. Read More...


Get Your Tech Projects Funded!
08.14.15
Many teachers were very excited to learn how to use a green screen to change the background of their videos at workshops at Santa Rosa City Schools and Mark West Union School District this week. Some of these teachers wanted to find ways to be able to do this in their own classrooms since they did not have an iPad. Luckily for them, there are funding options available to them to purchase an iPad for their class. Read More...


Resources from the 2015 eduIMPACT Summit
08.06.15
Educators from around Sonoma County attended the 2015 eduIMPACT Summit at SCOE this week. Here are the resources from the 50+ sessions: Read More...

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