By Tom Vander Ark and Caroline Vander Ark
Good schools have a common intellectual mission. They prioritize, encourage, measure, and discuss important outcomes.
Valley Christian Middle School recently implemented 1:1 iPads. Teachers have loaded their lessons and content on iTunes U and have been blown away by the amount of downloads both nationally and internationally (more on that soon). VCS students last year even created a science e-book, Southern California’s Plants & Animals, viewed by classrooms around the world.
During our working session we discussed experiences and tools that develop the 5Cs. Following is a description of the outcome, a list of student roles that promote that outcome, and new tools and programs that support student learning. Also included are blogs on each topic.
Creativity: Develop and use abilities, appreciate innovation and creativity. Creativity is creating new career experiences for students.
- Producers: Glogster, iMovie, Garage Band
- Inventor: FIRST
- Entrepreneur: NFTY
- Gamers: E-Line
- Makers: Maker Faire
- Coders: CodeHS
- Artists: SketchUp, Photoshop Express
Getting Smart blogs on creativity:
- 10 Apps That Combine Learning With Fun
- Teaching Without Words: A Conversation With Researcher Matthew Petersen
- Measurement is Friend Not Foe to Creativity
- Education’s Role in Fostering the Creative Economy
Critical Thinking: Analyze with discernment, strive for academic excellence.
- Researcher: search tools including Google, Bing, Gooru
- Scientist: Simulations like Phet
- Historian: Simulations like Muzzy Lane
- Art Historian: GoogleArtProject.com
- Problem solvers: ST Math, Desmos
- Debaters: StudySync
Getting Smart blogs on critical thinking:
- Top 10 Apps for Arts Education
- Simulations Spell Sizzling Science
- Top 10 iPad Apps for Science Learning
- Military Personnel Train With Advanced Games
- Time for More Simulations in Class & On Tests
- Balancing Young Learners’ Media Consumption: Is There an App for That?
- Common Sense Media: Making Sense of the Learning App Explosion
Community: Interact locally and globally; recognize/understand the order, cultures, diversity.
- Collaborators: social learning platform Edmodo
- Apprentices: best practiced by Big Picture
- Learning coaches: peer coaching on Grockit
- Performers: drama, choir
Getting Smart blogs on community:
- Good Work: Living in Community
- Shaping Communities as the World’s Classrooms
- Customize Your Edmodo Account
- Edmodo: From Social Network to Learning Platform
Communication: Comprehend/convey truth effectively as speaker, listener, reader, writer, artist & performer.
- Writer: NoRedInk
- Journalist: WriteToLearn
- Publisher: WordPress, Tumblr
- Artist: ArtApp
- Musician: Chromatik
- Presenters: ShowMe
Getting Smart blogs on communication:
- Better & More Writing: Review of 42 Apps
- Top 10 Apps for Arts Education
- The Pivotal Moment That Took My Literature Teaching Digital
Character: a worldview (for VCS, Christ-centered), living out one’s place, reflective about calling, gifts, and joy.
- Self manager: Navigation 101
- Project manager: Showevidence, ProjectFoundry
- Portfolio manager: Pathbrite, ThreeRing
- Learner: Naviance, Connect EDU
Getting Smart blogs on character and calling
- Good Work: Some Choose Wisely
- Good Work: A Grandmother’s Lesson on Integrity
- Good Work: Leave a Legacy, Teach
- Good Work: 10 Quotes on Measuring Your Life
- Good Work: Service Above Self
What would you add to our lists?
Disclosures: Pearson and MIND Research Institute are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners. Chromatik, Desmos, Edmodo, NoRedInk, ShowMe, are portfolio companies of Learn Capital where Tom is a partner. This blog first appeared on EdWeek.