Education on Air: Assessing 21st Century Skills in a Project- Based Environment

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Learn how to assess 21st Century Skills in a dynamic project- based setting with real examples from expert practitioner Kyle Wagner, a former educator at High Tech High and leader of innovative programs worldwide.
Hi everybody and welcome i am so thrilled to be introducing my dear friend kyle wagner kyle is an innovation and project-based learning coach who empowers leaders to improve instructional practices and student learning through innovative programs kyle has also taught at high tech high at the school featured in the hit documentary most likely to succeed and kyle was the former futures academy coordinator at the international school of beijing which was an innovative model that uses cross-curricular projects to have equip students with 21st century learning skills i his book which is a must get the power of simple is being used by several schools including many of the schools that i work with as well love him and pet him come in so you must bring them in because he's incredible that helps school leaders transform student learning he currently now resides in san diego and and he's available to come in and work with you and i highly recommend it so i'm going to pass you off to kyle and have him get going at kyle alright thank you tanya for that very warm introduction can i'm gonna get started out pretty quick but really a couple things first i want to give a shout-out for tanya her session is becoming on a little later and i'll give you a plug at the end to explain where you can go to see her session she's a really innovative educator usual does a lot of google tools so i'm going to introduce her later without further ado i'm glad you guys are here regardless of what your experience is with 21st century learning or 21st century skills for project-based learning you're in the right place i want to first in terms of housekeeping there's an opportunity for you to ask questions please as i'm going along if there's any questions that come up i reserved about five minutes at the end to answer all of those questions but really i want you guys to start by telling me i'm in that question-answer box if you could just tell me what school you're from and maybe just if on a scale of one to five what your experience is with project-based learning so one means i'm a novice five means i mean i feel like i'm an expert and really want to kind of push where i'm at right now with project-based learning so if you could do that would be great and as i'm going along with my presentation i will keep that in mind i apologize and a bit of a fast talker but hopefully you're going to be able to saturate and get everything taken in i'm going to stop the broadcast of myself and go immediately into i'm sharing my screen and showing you the presentation so without further ado here we go and hopefully you're seeing these screens i'm going to stop it's just really quick because i think i'll share their own screen going to come back here and try this again and make sure that we have the right presentation that is happening ok i think we're on the right presentation and here is our screens up with that you are seeing ok so i think this is correct okay great so again i'm the founder lead consultant for transform educational consulting i think tanya mentioned a little bit about that but i'll talk a little bit about that at the end we really work with schools and school leaders and helping them to transform learning experiences for students i really centered around project-based learning and assessing 21st century skills again so explain a little bit about who i am and really we're going to start with talking about what are the 21st century skills because it's important that we define these skills before we move on to how we assess those what is project-based learning how do we blend the two so sometimes you see project-based learning and 21st century skills are blended we're going to learn how you can blend those two are going to learn about how to assess 21st century skills in a project based in bayern in which is hopefully what you tuned into the session to actually do and look at how do you direct students in helping them direct their own growth with student growth portfolios so as they're going through the project and they're submitting assignments and submitting assessments how do you really direct them towards broadcasting that onto a live audience that is more than just themselves and finally closing where can you learn more if you want to learn more about how to assess 21st century skills in a project based environment i'm going to give you access to my email or you can email me and find some more links for how to do that so again i'm a a project-based learning coach on the former future academy coordinator at the international school of beijing that uses cross-curricular project-based learning to connect students to their passions in the real world and a former project-based leader in high tech high and humanities teacher first and foremost i'm a teacher with over 10 years experience in innovative learning environments so i hope i can share a little bit of my expertise let's jump right in this what are the 21st century skills really the 21st century skills i'm in the informational age as we know these are many the skills that are valuable in this age and a lot of schools that were useful in industrial age aren't really useful anymore they're becoming obsolete in fact forty percent of the jobs students will receive at when they graduate from high school forty percent of those are jobs that do not exist today so these kind of schools are absolutely pivotal many people have written about these 21st century skills and you can find these skills and tony wagner's book i and that's most likely to succeed you can also find these skills covered by various organizations these include creative thinking critical thinking collaboration communication problem solving and innovative thinking you might have heard them referred to as the 4 c's i've included a couple other of those skills that move outside just those four c's that you can find ok so these are those 21st century skills now traditionally when we look at schooling you can typically will have these skills are separated generally will have in traditional schooling will have the hard skills the core academic content which falls into each specific subjects like science math manatees english social studies we usually teach and assess those and then we leave the soft skills we call them 21st century skills we leave those kind of outside of the core curriculum ok but really this is this presentation is going to challenge us to look at how do we take those hard skills that you get in the core academic content and that we know are so important and how do you get those soft skills and how do you blend those two and really the best way to blend those two is through project-based learning ok so we're going to talk about how do we blend those to those hard skills and those soft skills and how do we do that through project-based learning which is a great great strategy in which to blend those two um and it's important that we understand what is the definition of project-based learning well project-based learning and this is according to the buck institute that does a lot of training around project-based learning it represents the intersection of these two sets of skills and more importantly the definition is a dynamic approach to learning where students acquire deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world problems and challenges ok and we're going to talk specifically about one project that was actually a real-world project that i and my other facilitators engaged our students around and this is that project you can see featured here so we're gonna kind of reverse engineer this i hope you guys like backwards design i think it really helps to lend understanding towards what i'm going to talk about through backwards design so we're going to look at here i'm you can notice this is us a a project that we ran it was called project clean water this is a sample project now in this particular project in any projects you run it's very important that you have a concrete final task to this project so for this particular project project clean water are concrete tassel is what we're going to have students to use quantitative and qualitative data to make a positive impact on a local water way getting this is our local waterway where we lived outside of beijing as you can probably see it was very polluted and so are we will task is students you're going to use data to make a positive impact on our local waterway so the start before you even start with the 21st century skills it's important that you defined a project ok so this is our project project clean water in which we'll talk through that project now you want to identify what are the 21st century school students will need to be successful ok it's very important that you identify maybe tue 23 skills i really would caution you to identify more than three skills because you want identify what are those skills that we can teach and assess in this project in this particular project we knew that if students are going to make a difference and communicate what their innovation was to improve a local waterway like you see right here they were going to need critical thinking problem-solving and communication ok so again identify those 21st century skills that students will need to answer that driving question and we're going to go through each of those assessments so identify three of those skills now with those particular skills you want to create summative assessments to assess these skills i can't really stress that enough identify three of those skills and look at the project if kids are going to produce an impact that is going to really help make a positive influence on a local waterway then there are going to be those three things critical thinking problem-solving and communication that they're going to need and we are going to identify what are those tasks that they're going to need to complete to do that ok so create those summative assessments here is a copy
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