21st Century Learning

Integrating Technology in a meaningful way

21st Century Learning

Michael Fullan in a more recent paper introduced a model of skills for 21st Century Learning. Peel has also adopted this model. As we look at integrating technology it is important to keep these skills in mind. http://www.michaelfullan.ca/media/13599974110.pdf

Introducing the SAMR model

The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura is a great way to self-asses your integration and more importantly evaluate how to move forward.



The TPCK model, introduced by Mishra and Kohler is a great way to make sure that the technology does not become the focus! Rather it should be a third of the puzzle Balanced with strong pedagogy and curriculum activities.


John Seeley Brown

John Seeley Brown also suggested this model for looking at 21st century learning.

200, 000 years of learning

Also developed by Ruben Puentedura this model suggests powerful frameworks for designing lessons.


SAMR and apps

This poster is very misleading!! DON'T USE IT!! As we have discussed it is more about how the apps are used and the integration of content, pedagogy, and the technology than which app you use!


A free app with free teacher and student accounts if you want to use the web features (be sure to get parental permissions) This app is a great free digital whiteboard where you can capture student hands on learning and allow the students to share their thinking in a visual way. This is also a great place for students to explore ideas and tell rich digital stories. http://www.educreations.com/

For a more robust, paid version check out Explain Everything, aptly named this is arguably the most versatile app for the ipad! http://www.explaineverything.com/

Explain Everything

A very apt name for a highly useful app. Although a Paid App (2.99)this tool really can be used for EVERYTHING!. Allows students to record and draw page by page, permitting them to explain their thinking and make corrections as they see fit. Photos and Video can be included. My number 1 recommended app by far! http://www.explaineverything.com/


While difficult to demonstrate through a projector this FREE app allows you or your students to create, Control, or Present using your Ipad. In Peel Schools you will mostly use the "from my Ipad Alone" option. Like Explain Everything and Educreations this app is a fantastic "communication" or "explain your thinking" app!


Digital Cuisinaire Rods. They are divided however this helps students to manipulate and explore with them. This app should be used in conjunction with a "communication" or "explain your thinking" app



Solids Elementary

Another Paid App but worth every penny (2.99) Solids elementary lets students explore virtually any 3d solid, colour the vertices edges, and faces, as well as view from any angle the process of creating a net for that shape! Use this in combination with other apps!


A great free app for digital storytelling. Don't limit yourself to literacy though! This can be a wonderful place to have students explore he application of science, social studies, and math content. While the app is free and comes with some backgrounds as well as the ability to draw, there is also a paid version. With the VPP discount this is a great purchase for schools as it also includes a camera which lets you capture live scenes (like your yard or classroom) and use those as the background! The paid version also lets you share your stories online! http://launchpadtoys.com/toontastic/

Sketch Nation

This free game creation app is a great way to engage students in inquiry based learning. Students can create a game to illustrate or use any curricular concept! With an account the games can even be shared with others! (get parental permission)

http://sketchnation.com/ For those on the PC you can do similar things in SCRATCH http://scratch.mit.edu/ for more information check out http://bit.ly/PeelScratch

Computer Programs and Websites

Pixie 3

A great program for all ages, listed in the primary folder this program allows students to record their voice, add text, drawings, and clip-art. Students can turn their pages into a slide show with ease and style! http://tech4learning.com/pixie/new

A more Junior tool that functions somewhat similarily would be Frames 4 http://www.tech4learning.com/frames

Comic Life

While technically a comic creation tool, Comic life can be a great place to record different solutions and compare them. This requires the teacher however to gather all of the photos and make them accessible on the I: drive (or for students to "gallery Walk" and take their own photos. http://comiclife.com/

Smart Ideas

Just when you thought it could not do the task Smart Ideas always seems to have a way of being an excellent explanation and presentation tool. If your students do not know about digital graphic organizers or have never used Smart Ideas give it a whirl, its fantastic. For an online version check out Popplet! http://popplet.com/

Great Websites

There are so many fantastic websites out there for all aspects of mathematics. For a good start check out http://teaching21sttech.wikispaces.com/Websites+To+Explore or http://edrego.wikispaces.com/ For cuisinaire rods specifically check out http://mathtoybox.com/numblox/NumBlox.html


One Great Idea for students to communicate their thinking in an online and authentic way is to blog about math (and other things) You might have the students create a math journal online. Depending on settings and modeling by the teacher students can provide excellent feedback to one another. While there are two recommended sites in Peel http://Kidblog.org would be most appropriate for this activity.

Geometers Sketchpad

A great computer program with a simplified ipad app for helping students explore geometry and graphing from first principles. Even asking students to build a square will get them thinking about the properties of shapes! http://www.dynamicgeometry.com/


A great tool on the computer to let students explore data, graphing, and relationships. Pull data from the we or create your own. Drag points around to look at different variables. http://www.keycurriculum.com/products/tinkerplots