“Content is NO longer King”
So what does matter? Critical Thinking – creative, practical, pattern recognition, scientific, divergent
- Multiple Fluencies – media literacy, point of view, financial literacy, digital literacy
- Empathy – “The essential question is no longer can we, it’s should we?”
- What about Service?
Implementing an constructivist approach to Social Studies:
- Teacher Task A – Unit Focus (essential questions & face2face time)
- Teacher Task B – Assessment (Rubrics, Benchmarks, Design)
- Teacher Task C – Digital Footprints (knowledge, search tools, proper use)
- Teacher Task D – Portfolio (future use; process/progress piece)
RESULT: Social Studies curricula that emphasizes Construction; Focused around 3 areas: scholarship, creativity, and collaboration.
IDEAS FOR EFFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION
The Mashup: Semi-pure creativity
- Social media – Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Edmodo, RSS Readers (blog page)
- New and Emerging Tools: bo.lt uses — clone a page, enhance, and share; history pin
- Photo/visual literacy & proper use: photobabble / 7 image search tools / photo-essay / the infographic
- Re-thinking Geography: Google Earth; Maps and cartography; History Tours
- Tools of mind ideas for substitution, upgrades, and problem solving.
- Constructing problems – consider: time elements; historical directive; practical problem solving; categorization; divergency of thinking; top ten lists
- Talking: elevator pitches, Tim Talk, pecha kucha; 30 seconds with…..
9. Social action …. service learning; CAS
10. Crafting units around core essential questions of WH: Geography, Humans, and Ideas
Point of Interest I: Top florilegium of all time. Florilegia were compilations of excerpts from other writings, mashing up selected passages and connecting dots from existing texts to better illustrate a specific topic, doctrine or idea. The word comes from the Latin for “flower” and “gather.” The florilegium is one of the earliest recorded examples of remix culture — a Medieval textual Tumblr.
Point of Interest II: Looking to demonstrate continuity:vintage versions of modern startups
This curriculum is an opportunity for English language learners to develop historical literacy through a framework of units bridging language arts to the study of the past & present. The course is roughly based on the concept of developing global literacy in ten major areas considered to be thematic, relevant challenges to the global community. These include: conflict, political systems, science & technology, demographic studies, planet management & resources, economic systems, global belief systems, human rights and social justice, & issue of pluralism (race & ethnicity). The course will also explore current events within the framework to prepare the learner for advanced coursework in eleventh and twelfth grades. Students can expect to practice regularly those skills necessary for success in mainstream courses. The curriculum focuses upon building skills in geography, research, reading for understanding, document analysis, writing in the content area, and interpreting info-graphics. Special attention will directed toward establishing effective habits of mind and organization.
“the sleep of reason creates monsters”