ConnectLearn 21 is a collaborative initiative to identify best practices in helping educators and students find high quality learning resources and connect with each other for effective, compelling 21st-century learning. The website was developed as part of an environmental scan project sponsored by the Educational Resources Acquisition Consortium (ERAC), a consortium of public school districts as well as independent schools in British Columbia, Canada.
ERAC had developed a digital learners vision in Phase I of this project and now for Phase II wanted to see what other jurisidictions were doing.
- What approaches are school districts, provinces, states, etc. using to help students and teachers discover and access learning resources?
- How have they funded their initiatives?
- Best practices for how they have rolled-out these type of initiatives?
- Detailed summary of what jurisdictions are doing in the US and Canada, and in Europe and Asia
Rather than writing a static report, the idea was to share the case studies and resources researched and hopefully engage a conversation with educators around the world even after the project end. Thanks to the many education leaders that shared the existing things they are doing, what were their challenges and what worked well.
We welcome your comments and input!
Here are the slides from the ERAC IT4K12 keynote presentation, June 12, 2012.
Here are the slides from the ERAC IT4K12 conference presentation, June 13th, 2012.
Here is a good video showing the advantages and disadvantages of the open web vs. a learning management system (LMS) and how the two approaches can be blended together.
By Cyri Jones, ZEN Strategic Consulting Services Inc.
Future Schools is an innovative program in Singapore that combines pedagogy, research and information communications technology companies to test and showcase powerful learning technologies in school settings.
“Future Schools supports the spread of successful innovations through the close integration of pedagogy, research and technology. Schools are now able to engage students at a the higher level empowering them to succeed in tomorrow’s world.”
In the overview video below, Lim Boon Sheng, Principal at Beacon School testifies to the benefits:
“The pupils are learning the 21st century competencies and they are able to carry themselves with confidence. I have observed the collaborative learning they are engaging in as well as the self-directed learning that they are able to assume”