Let's Work Together!

21st Century Skills and the WMS Library Media Center

Why 21st Century Skills?

Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future. - The Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Collaboration

Let's make a plan for your class! Email me anytime (awaldron@ctreg14.org) to meet to plan a lesson that will engage your students and build their collaboration skills. Google Drive makes it easy for students to collaborate within their class and with other classes both in our school, and beyond. We can also make contact with other schools from across the country to collaborate on a unit or project. Do your students need ideas for something good to read or better research resources? I can do book talks, curate resources or share ideas for projects that build skills in collaboration. We can also plan a virtual field trip, author visit or contact an expert to speak to your class. Looking for some new tech tools to build collaboration in your class? Let's meet!
The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration has a ton of opportunities to connect virtually with classrooms and content providers from around the world! Google Connected Classrooms Community connects educators and experts for virtual field trips and collaborative learning. Skype an Author Network lists authors who will Skype with your class.

Creativity

Need some ideas to offer multiple pathways for learning and assessment? Let's talk about ways that students can show their knowledge through multimedia projects. I can work with your class to create websites, videos, podcasts, and interactive, digital presentations. We'll also be working on plans for a makerspace in the Woodbury Library Media Center this year. Stay tuned for more details!

Critical Thinking

Do you need help putting together an inquiry-based research unit? All standards and frameworks require more critical thinking and a deeper approach to learning concepts and skills. Let's work together to create opportunities to build students' questioning and research skills. Check out the Question Formulation Technique. It's a great way to get students thinking more critically.

Check out the research resources page on the Woodbury MS Library Media Center website. Let me know what you are looking for and I will help you get together what your class needs for research.

Communication

Let's talk about digital citizenship and guiding WMS students to creating a positive digital footprint. Are your students creating work for an audience outside of your classroom? We can work together to create opportunities for students to communicate effectively and appropriately within school and in real-world applications.
Please don't hesitate to contact me! I look forward to working with all of you!

Abbe Waldron, Library Media Specialist x.100