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Our September 2018 Italy Tour

20180925_053216It was an unforgettable experience for everyone as we toured from South to North. Our 18-days journey included the traditional iconic sites in Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast as well as some truly amazing, off-the-beaten-path locations in Southern Italy and especially Calabria.  It was an ongoing feast for the eyes, and soul and a culinary bounty, as we travelled across seven different “regioni”.  Some of the more memorable highlights were the traditional home-made calabrese dinners in 20180913_060140Montalto Uffugo, Stilo and San Giorgio Morgeto; our private boat cruise along the spectacular Amalfi Coast where we went swimming in the Gulf of Sorrento. Our evening at the historic Teatro Margherita in Rome to watch Verdi’s La Traviata while enjoying a fine gourmet dinner was truly outstanding.  Also memorable was the exclusive wine tasting in Pienza, and Montepulciano.  (more…)

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La Befana

In occasione della festa dell’Epifania, propongo un mio articolo apparso sul Corriere Canadese l’anno scorso.

Toronto – Una delle immagini più tenere che conservo della mia infanzia è quella di appendere ai piedi del letto un grossa calza prima di andare a dormire la sera del  5 gennaio, la notte dell’Epifania.
Tanti bambini come me, in quella notte magica aspettavano con ansia la venuta della vecchia signora, e sognavano che la Befana portava loro giocattoli, balocchi e leccornie. Alcuni di noi avevamo qualche incubo di svegliarsi trovando la calza solo colma di cenere e carboni.
La cara signora, vuole la leggenda, ebbe un fatidico incontro con i Re Magi che si recavano a rendere omaggio al  Bambino Gesù.  E in quella notte che “già fu sì buia”, rifiutò l’invito dei tre sovrani di seguirli a Betlemme, dicendo che era troppo indaffarata  alle faccende della casa.
Ma dopo un breve esame di coscienza, si rese conto che forse avrebbe dovuto seguire i tre illustri personaggi provenienti dall’oriente, e presa la sua scopa volante, uscì in fretta e furia dalla casetta a cercare disperatamente di raggiungere Gaspare e compagni.
Ma ahimè neanche con la scopa volante a propulsione ionica  riuscì a riacciuffare i tre viandanti e come molti di noi quando perdiamo quell’occasione unica che avrebbe anche potuto cambiarci la vita,  cerchiamo spesso di ritornare sui nostri passi anche se con rammarico, poi ci rendiamo conto che più delle volte è già troppo tardi.
Sicché ancor oggi, a distanza di duemila anni,  la brava Befana continua a cercare invano la grotta di Betlemme e va di casa in casa a portare doni ai bimbi buoni imitando i Re Magi che recarono oro, incenso e mirra a Gesù bambino.
I tempi e le usanze sono certamente cambiati e di sicuro la tradizione  della Befana è stata sorpassata da quella di Babbo Natale.  Ma ancor oggi dalla storia della Befana si può ricavare una morale sia per grandi che per piccini.
A parte quella ovvia di fare i bravi bambini se si vuole ricevere premi in ricompensa, la morale più grande secondo me e quella di agire sulle opportunità di far del bene che ci si presentano lungo il cammino della vita, anche quando siamo sempre un po’ troppo indaffarati.

English Version
One of my fondest childhood memories is that of hanging a big stocking at the foot of the bed on the eve of the feast of the Epiphany, January 5th.
Many children, like me, on that magical night would impatiently await the arrival of the “Befana”.  We would dream of receiving toys and goodies from the kind old lady.  Some of us would also have nightmares of waking up to stockings stuffed with ashes and charcoal instead.
The legend has it that, during that night that “was so deep”, the dear old lady had an encounter with the Magi who were on their way to pay homage to baby Jesus. The three Kings invited her to join them on their journey to Bethlehem. But she refused claiming that she was too busy with household chores.
After some reflection, however, she realized that perhaps she should have followed the three illustrious dignitaries coming from the East. She grabbed her magic broom and flew out the door in a desperate effort to reach Gaspar and company.
Alas, she was not able to find the three voyageurs even with her ion charged flying broom. When a unique life-changing opportunity is missed, many of us often try to desperately go back and recapture that moment over and over again, even though most of the time it may be too late.
And so, two thousand years later, the good Befana is still trying to find the grotto in Bethlehem.  She travels from house to house searching and delivering gifts to good boys and girls just as the Magi brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus.
Times and customs have indeed changed and certainly the tradition of the Befana has been replaced by that of Santa Claus. But even today from the story of the Befana we can extract a moral for children and grownups alike.
Aside from the obvious adage that good children will receive gifts as just recompense for their good deeds, in my opinion there is a deeper moral here and that is to do good whenever the opportunity presents itself even if we are taken up with our busy everyday schedule.


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Visita a Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei – È sabato mattina qui a Taipei, la capitale del Taiwan. A prime apparenze e` un sabato come tutti gli altri. Sono le otto di mattina e l’abbondante traffico scorre veloce tra le ampie arterie del centro. I venditori agli angoli delle strade da tempo preparano cibi e bevande di ogni sorta e nell’aria afosa e caldissima si manifestano odori esotici. Il cielo è azzurrissimo e senza neanche un minimo accenno di nuvole.

Davanti alla sede del palazzo presidenziale si nota pero` una insolita presenza di militari e forze di sicurezza. Tanto che l’unica foto che ci è stata permessa di scattare è stata presa dal lato opposto dell’ampio viale. Anche i consueti permessi per le viste pubbliche mensili, oggi sono stati sospesi. Un certo celato nervosismo trapela fra le guardie che scrutinano attentamente il via vai dei turisti ed altri che vorrebbero entrare nel palazzo. Un magnifico edificio novecentesco che fu sede dei vecchi “padroni” dell’isola di Formosa; la “White House” della presenza nipponica nel Taiwan.
Notiamo anche un gran rotolo di filo spinato posto strategicamente da un lato all’altro del palazzo a ridosso di due camionette; pronto per essere montato.

La gente di questa splendida città ultra moderna, pulita, ordinata sembra essere ignara di una situazione internazionale che potrebbe in breve tempo diventare una polveriera mondiale.
Taipei non è poi tanto lontano da Pyongyang (la capitale della Corea del Nord). A poco più di mille miglia, potrebbe essere raggiunta da un aereo di linea in volo diretto in meno di due ore. Un missile impiegherebbe soltanto una manciata di minuti.
E mentre Trump e Kim Jong-un continuano a sbraitare minacce uno contro l’altro, i mass media e i notiziari del’isola pronosticano incessantemente cosa potrebbe accadere se ….
Si parla addirittura di battaglie apocalittiche nello stretto a nord dell’isola, il mare della Cina orientale che separa Taiwan dal Giappone, dalla Cina e dalla Corea.

Che questa piccola “nazione”, per via della sua posizione strategica, possa diventare l’epicentro di un conflitto armato proprio tra quelle stesse nazioni che l’hanno, nel corso dell sua esile storia, messa da parte e sfruttata per salvaguardare i propri interessi, è puramente ironico. Infatti sono solo 21 le nazioni al mondo riconoscono ufficialmente il Taiwan come stato sovrano. Queste sono: Belize, Burkina Faso, la Republica Dominicana, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, il Vaticano, l’Honduras, Kiribati, le isole Marshall , Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau,Panama, Paraguay, le Isole di Solomon, Santa Lucia, San Kitts e Nevis, San Vincent e le Granadine, e lo Swaziland. Come vedete non annoveriamo fra di queste Cina, Russia, Stati Uniti, o Corea del Nord.

La vita qui continua inalterata. La città si sveglia e va dormire con il suo frenetico ordine. Il traffico immenso si snoda veloce e senza troppi intoppi ventiquattrore ore su ventiquattro. Taipei, con i suoi quasi cinque milioni di abitanti è assediata da altrettanti motorini che sembrano incessantemente e inaspettatamente sbucare dalle pareti degli enormi grattacieli. Questa metropoli vanta un sistema efficientissimo e ultramoderno della metro’ gigantesco con oltre 12 linee o piu’ (nulla da invidiare alla nostra minuscola, antiquata e inefficiente “subway”). Taipei oggi è casa a cittadini pacifici, sereni, cortesi, laboriosi, amanti del buon cibo e delle buone maniere. Quand’ è stata l’ultima volta che a Toronto avete visto un giovane cedere il posto in pulman ad un anziano o ad una signora incinta? I graffiti sui muri delle citta` o nella metro`? A Toronto, a New York, a Roma o a Parigi si`; a Taipei no!

I Taiwanesi sono gente rispettosa dell’ambiente, amanti della cultura, e dell’umanita`. Gente che ha saputo socializzare e valorizzare la famiglia, lo studio, la pubblica istruzione. Le nostre scuole a confronto delle loro sembrano le casette del Monopoli. La loro assistenza sanitaria e` basata su un sistema d’avanguardia. Per non parlare della religione: i templi qui sono sempre pieni di devoti.

Una società giovane e in forma la cui realtà ha niente a che vedere con i nostri paesi occidentali ormai umanamente stanchi, ossessionati, malati, obesi, scarsi al livello culturale e in preda allo scompiglio sociale e finanziario. Una società che potrebbe insegnare a molte delle nazioni che l’hanno per anni schivata e sfruttata, delle dure lezioni di civiltà.

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Dedicated to my mother (Maria Lista — 1930-2015)

This blog is dedicated to my mother’s memory on the first anniversary of her passing.

Those wonderful aromas from the kitchen greeting us children coming home from school; waking up on early Sunday mornings to the smell of fresh tomato sauce; the evenly spaced rows of homemade maccheroni and you, dear mom, spreading them with care on the counter; that stylish vest you carved out form dad’s old sweater, the many pranks you tried to play on us on April fool’s day, these are some of the hundreds of great memories that will never fade away.

Our mother was a magnificent cook who was proud to share her famous recipes with everyone, a talented seamstress, a person with an exquisite sense of humor, a lover of flowers and plants; an adoring mother: above all, you were our councillor, our friend, our guide, our compass.

As a young lady she enjoyed writing essays, letters and poetry and was proud to have won an essay-writing competition from the Ministry of Education. She was the best grammar tutor we could have ever asked for during our elementary school days in Italy. An avid reader and a true lover of literature, history, classical music and the arts, she enjoyed discussing politics and current events on a daily basis; especially with our late uncle Salvatore.

Of the many stories she loved to share with me there is the one about Cornelia Gracchi, a noble roman matron who declined to become queen because she was so attached to her sons and daughter that was afraid that her new role as monarch would take her away from her motherly duties. When other nobles confronted her with the question “how could you have refused the crown jewels?” she pointed to her children and exclaimed “these are my jewels”!

This story truly exemplifies who she was: a proud mother and devoted wife, a loving grandmother and a mentor to us right to the very end. Our mother sacrificed her own interests to take care of her family without holding back.

We owe you so much — cara mamma! Your faith above all, the love of knowledge, the importance of education, the love of family, the gifts of patience, perseverance, sacrifice, hope, generosity and care for those in need, and the trust in God; these are the true jewels you leave with us.

We know you could have been a gifted educator and perhaps more, had that opportunity been given to you; but you can rest assured that what you have achieved through your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, will have an impact on our families and on society and will go on for generations to come.

We are proud of you; we miss you, we will never forget you and we will love you always!

Your image is imprinted forever in our hearts.

Thank you nanna’!! May God grant you eternal rest.

On behalf of our families I wish to express our sincere gratitude to everyone present here today for showing your support in this time of need. Thank you.

ITALIAN VERSION

Tra i tanti ricordi che non svaniranno mai affiorano alla mente i meravigliosi aromi della tua cucina che ci accoglievano quando da bambini si ritornava a casa da scuola; lo svegliarsi presto la domenica mattina all’odore del sugo di pomodoro fresco; i maccheroni fatti in casa che tu allineavi man mano con cura sul tavolo; quel gilet alla moda che con mestiere ricavasti da un vecchio maglione di papà, i tanti pesci di aprile che ogni anno preparavi con astuzia.

Maria era una cuoca eccezionale, orgogliosa di condividere le sue famose ricette con tutti, una sarta di talento, una persona con uno raffinato senso dell’umorismo, un amante di fiori e piante; una madre adorabile. Sei stata la nostra prima insegnante, la nostra amica, il nostro punto di riferimento, la nostra bussola.

A nostra madre piaceva anche scrivere saggi, lettere e poesie e da giovane vinse un ambito premio del ministero della publica istruzione. La miglior insegnante di grammatica che avrei potuto mai avere durante i miei anni alle elementari in Italia nostra madre era un’avida lettrice. Amante della letteratura, della storia, della musica classica e dellle belle arti, non perdeva mai l’occasione di discutere politica ed attualità soprattutto con il nostro defunto zio Salvatore.

Tra le tante storie che amava raccontarmi ricordo in particolar modo quella di Cornelia Gracchi, una nobile matrona romana che rifiuto` di diventare regina perché era così attaccata ai suoi figli che aveva paura che il suo nuovo ruolo di monarca l’avrebbe portata via dai suoi doveri materni. Quando altri nobili donne la confrontarono con la domanda “come hai potuto rifiutare i gioielli della corona?”, mostro` i suoi figli esclamando “questi sono i miei gioielli”!

Questa storia esemplifica veramente la tua persona cara mamma: una madre orgogliosa, una moglie devota, una nonna amorevole e una guida per noi fino alla fine. Hai sacrificato tutto per prenderti cura della tua famiglia.

Ti dobbiamo così tanto cara mamma! La nostra fede soprattutto, l’importanza dell’apprendere e dello studio, l’amore per la famiglia, l’essere paziente, credere nella perseveranza, il sacrificio, la speranza, la generosità e la cura verso i piu` bisognosi, e la fiducia in Dio; questi sono i veri gioielli che lasci a noi.

Sappiamo che avresti potuto essere una insegnante modello e forse anche di più se ti fosse stata data tale opportunità; ma puoi stare ben certa che cio` che sei riuscita a raggiungere attraverso figli, nipoti e pronipoti, avrà un impatto reale sulle nostre famiglie e sulla società per molte generazioni future.

Siamo orgogliosi di te; ci mancherai tanto e non ti dimenticheremo mai. Ti vogliamo bene sempre!

La tua immagine rimarra` impressa per sempre nei nostri cuori.

Grazie nanna ‘!!

Che Dio ti conceda l’eterno riposo.

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Come avete trascorso la Festa delle Mamme?

Come avete trascorso la Festa delle Mamme?

Abbiamo fatto una passeggiata a Niagara Falls per attendere il concerto dei Tenori al teatro Avalon al Fallsview Casino. Un meraviglioso concerto

al tutto esaurito, organizzato da Mondo Music di Joe Tersigni che ha fatto di certo felici e contente tutte le mamme presenti; un gran bel pubblico.

Prima del concerto abbiamo deciso di fermarci per uno spuntino da Il Sorriso Caffè & Pizzeria.

L’amico Giovanni Campisi ci ha preparato due belle pizze e per finire un ottimo caffè’ e dei deliziosi cannoli con la ricotta che ci hanno fatto ricordare quei veraci di Messina.

Giovanni è siciliano verace di Siracusa ed insieme al partner Sofia Butera, di Lamezia Terme, gestiscono Il Sorriso da diversi anni.

Il nostro caro amico è uno sportivo per eccellenza e a giudicare dal grande scudetto Juventino che ha posto ben in vista ad adornare il muro del suo locale, assieme a bandiere e magliette varie, quest’anno il suo “sorriso” da buon tifoso juventino è ancora più grande.

Questo piccolo locale, una vera e propria gemma nascosta nel cuore di Niagara Falls, è diventato per noi una fermata obbligatoria ogni qualvolta andiamo a visitare le Cascate.

Quella de “Il Sorriso” è sicuramente la migliore pizza che io abbia mai assaggiato da questa parte dell’oceano. Giovanni prepara egli stesso tutti gli ingredienti dalla A alla Z, e aggiunge un pizzico di orgoglio, una grossa manciata di savoir-faire e tanto tanto cuore.

Scegliete tra le tante pizze classiche dal menu oppure create da voi o lasciate alla sorte decidere e … “comme esce t’ha mangi”.

 

L’ospitalità è da vero siciliano! Uscirete dalla pizzeria leccandovi con soddisfazione le labbra e con un gran bel Sorriso sull bocca.

Visitatelo la prossima volta che vi recate alle Cascate.

Il Sorriso Pizzeria 5983 Clark Avenue – 905-353-1989

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March Break 2016 – Credit Courses in Italy

Earn 1 high school senior credit (university Level or Open Level) while you travel in Italy.

 

Dates of Travel:

Saturday, March 12, 2016 through Saturday, March 26, 2016

 

Places:

Rome, Florence, Amalfi, Calabria, Sicily (Final Itinerary TBA)

 

Approximate Cost:

$3200 CDN per/ student, plus $270 taxes and tips

(Transportation, hotel accommodation, breakfast and dinner)

 

Program Co-Sponsored by:

 

Centro Scuola & Toronto Catholic District School Board

(International Education/Continuing Education Department)

 

For information and/or registration, please email

info@clickandlearn.org

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Happy New Year

On this blessed day of the Epiphany I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and take this opportunity to restart my blog in 2016 as one of the vehicles to announce new initiatives.

The first of which is the re-launch of the website www.clickandlearn.org which, I’m sure will be of benefit to many high school students.

Please take look and offer your input.

 

More to come soon … stay tuned

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Our March Break Trip – By Adriano Mazzucco

My Journal

One of the first places we visited was Siena.  Piazza Del Campo was amazing.  There we saw the area where they do the horse races and the bell tower. While we were there, there was a chocolate festival going on, we got to taste and buy many different types of chocolate. My favorite part was the bell tower, it was very high and I was very scared of the height, especially in the open areas of the tower. Even though I was scared for my life, the view from up there was amazing, we were able to see all of Siena.  Going up was an amazing experience and a workout, with all the stairs, the bell tower in Siena was one of my favorite parts of the trip!

Firenze was another amazing part of my trip; we got to see the David and Ponte Vecchio, we ate some amazing pizza and saw some of the most amazing artwork dating back maybe thousands of years ago, including the face of a dead man made by Michelangelo. The best part about Firenze was seeing my cousins again. Martina, Lucia, Emma, and Milvia were all so happy to see us. We had an amazing day together sightseeing, eating, and spending time with my cousins!

Rome was my favorite part of the trip we saw some amazing architecture like the Coliseum and the Pantheon. There were also several “salumerie” in Rome where we got to pick up some fresh cold cuts. One of my favorite parts of Rome was the Fontana di Trevi.  It was a spectacular fountain. While there we had some delicious “panini”. The funny part was when the poliziotti got mad at us because we were sitting too close to the fountain while eating.  After we ate we had “un delizioso gelato.”

The trip to Paestum in Campania was another very exciting day. This is an amazing ancient Graeco-Roman city. We saw some amazing temples and ruins an many other artifacts  I remember that there was a small roof coming out of the ground. So me, being the curious person that I am, went closer to go check out the roof. Unfortunately I was the only person who got closer, and I didn’t notice that everyone else was trying to get a picture of the roof. So I ended up getting inside everyone’s picture without even noticing. That was a fun day in Paestum. I would love to go there again and see more of the ancient ruins.

Another place with some amazing ancient buildings was Pompeii. The artifacts and people frozen in rock were so amazing. To think that one natural disaster could completely destroy an entire city. My favorite part there was the amazing pizza we ate. It was pizza margherita my favorite pizza.  It was so delicious that I ate my entire pizza and half of Sabrina’s too. I really like Pizza!!

In Paola we went to the monastery of St. Francesco di Paola. While there we saw a giant bomb that landed in the monastery during World War 2.  It  never exploded. During our time there it really poured so we spent the entire time in the gift shop talking with our Zias.   We hadn’t seen them in over six years and it was amazing getting to spend some time with them. I miss them already and can’t wait until I go back to Italy to see them again.

Tropea was fantastic we had some amazing views of the ocean. Me, Joseph, Sabrina, Mr. Lista, Vince, and my dad all walked down the very long staircase and went to see the sea. Even though it was cold we spent some time on the beach, took some pictures and had fun. Unfortunately my ability to avoid waves failed and I got my feet soaked in icy cold salt water, my shoes were very uncomfortable for the rest of the day.

Tropea was an amazing place to visit. I especially like that it was the only hotel that had a pool.

Another great day of the trip was when we went to Taormina. The best part of the trip were the amazing arancini that we ate on the boat ride. They were so delicious that we ended up buying one on the way there and another on the way back. Taromina was an amazing place while there we saw an ancient Graeco-Roman theater were they were filming a Bollywood video. After seeing the theater I was very thirsty so I went to the nearest fountain to get a drink.  Unfortunately my accuracy was not to good and I got water all over my shirt. This was one of the funnest days of our trip.

The last place we visited was Serra San Bruno while we were there we saw the monastery of Serra San Bruno and we also got a chance to learn about Italian culture. We saw what their cities were like, the food, living space, music, dance, it was an amazing learning experience, but also a lot of fun. My favorite part about Serra San Bruno was the amazing bakery down the street from our hotel. While there me and Joseph had a lot of Cannoli and a lot of espressos. I would go back there just to get so more of those Cannoli!

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Eureka 2013 Conference – 21ST. Century Learning – Presentation Notes

Opening thought — Our  first  21st. Century  generation  of  students  will  graduate  in  a  year  or  so.

Today`s students love to learn, play, create, and socialize at a rapid and ever evolving pace because they have at their disposals technological tools:

  • Laptops
  • Clickers
  • Cell  Phones
  • Tablets
  • Portable  Gaming  Devices
  • Social  Media
  • and  all  other  forms  of  digitally  enhanced  interactivity
    • Image:
      Ed Tech Rising » The Incomplete Story of Student Clicker Technology edtechrising.com

Our students are called Digital Native, Digital Citizen or 21st. Century Learner. The important realization is that today’s student learns, interacts, socializes and mobilizes in ways that are truly transformational and differ greatly from the pre Web 2.0 generation.

Growth of social media usage has been exponential

Before the appearance of Facebook (20013) the role of the Internet then was that of information gathering and the user main function was that of searching for information. This was called Web 1.0.

After the advent of Facebook and other social media applications revolutionized the way in which users interacted with the Internet. The user moved from a passive role to an active role of creator, remixer, and collaborator.

  • Video – Social Media in the 21st Century – (see credits below)

Today we no longer refer to the Internet as the “Information Superhighway“. We could, more appropriately, define it as an international, multicultural, multilingual sharing forum where information and ideas are shared and remixed.

This has brought a new dimension not only in society in general but in education as a whole.

Today’s students experience learning outside of traditional written, oral, and teacher centric methodologies.

There are many strategies in which to bring the experience of students in the classroom at par with what they experience in the world outside. One strategy is “Guided Participation`

  • Reference – 2009 – Pedagogy and the Human Sciences – Michael F. Mascolo
  • Beyond student-centered and teacher-centered pedagogy: Teaching and learning as guided participation.
  • Video: http://www.academia.edu

The 20th Century model of the classroom is no longer effective. As new technologies are developed at an increasingly fast pace, the roll out of hardware and software as it happened in the 20th Century can no longer be sustained due to high costs, rapid obsolescence of technology, and other factors.

Possible solutions include: Bring your own device, the connected classroom, portable net book carts (labs).

  • Images 20th vs. 21st Century classrooms – see credits below
  • Video – The connected Classroom – see credits below

Did most of our first generation of 21st Century students attend 21st. Century classes…..??

Teaching/learning strategies need to evolve. We are in the 21st Century but many of our classrooms are still not relevant within this context!

  • Video – Vision of K-12 Students Today – see credits below

The promotion of 21st Century learning is not based on using technology as a teaching tool but adapting the classroom experience to be a student centric space. We (educators and learners) need to embrace the students’ ability to use technology to enhance their learning experience.

The classroom teacher must provide authentic opportunities for students to be active participants in their learning experience

The teacher, while meeting curriculum expectations and guidelines, must engage students to share their voice and grow in their learning through active, meaningful and personalized participation.

  • Image Allison Domicone, November 29th, 2010 – Ref: Science@creativecommons by Creative Commons / CC BY

Our students today are to mobile learners who use their technological tools to learn and apply their knowledge. Kids want to be: Producers, Creators, Teachers, Show-people and Re-mixers

  • Image – Rachel teaches at iPad Media Camp – Rachel was demonstrating the iPad app “Puppet Pals HD Directors Pass” in this photo: itunes.apple.com/us/app/puppet-pals-hd-directors-pass/id4…
  • Rachel is using an interactive white board and a document camera – technology tools of the 21st. Century

21st Century learning is not married to technology but rather the principle of engaging students within the 4Cs: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Communication.

Student Centric, Technologically enabled s ample activity: Use a cell phone in a science lab to capture images, videos, and text during the observations phases of an experiment. Report the findings using a digital presentation (maybe post a video on YouTube) and allow others to collaborate and comment afterwards.

Exploring briefly the Flipped Classroom idea

Activity

Time

Warm-up activity 5 min
Take up homework 10-20 min
Lesson on new content 20-35 min
*Guided and independent practice and/or lab activity* 10-25 min
Closing & Wrap Up 10-20 min

Traditional model of teaching

Activity

Time

Warm-up activity 5 min
Podcast or video (pre-recorded by teacher and posted on blog or classroom website) with “how to” strategies and step-by-step solutions to problems– students can revisit this video or podcast anytime 10 min
*Guided and Independent practice and/or lab activity* 25-45 min
Closing & Wrap Up 10-20 min

Flipped Model of Teaching

Project based learning moves away from the teacher and lives within the experience of students “doing.” The teacher’s role shifts from a lecturer to that of facilitator of learning and co-learner.

This sustains and promotes a learning environment that is interactive, enthusiastic, and authentic.

The teacher is able to set up meaningful learning experiences which extend outside off the traditional classroom milieu.

  • Image source: The teacher as facilitator – http://www.flickr.com/photos/84435290@N00/with/8203963355/


Traditional methods and pedagogies need not to be abandoned. 21st. promotes a balanced approach between teacher intervention and student response and experiences.

The goal then becomes o engage students in ways that provide and nurture meaningful activity. The students live in a 21st Century world and it is time for the classroom to be living in current time as well.

  • Video: The Arcade Experience – see credits below

References and Credits

A Vision of 21st Century Teachers –

Flash Video – 4:34

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4g5M06YyVw

A Few Ideas (Visions of Students Today)

Flash Video – 5:44

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrXpitAlva0

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

Flash Video – 4:44

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFcJizkZf1U

Social Media and the Creation of Self: Identity Development in Youth

Flash Video – 2:19

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cd0VTn_czk

Arab Spring – Egypt and Social Media

Flash Video – 4:59

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx6hGA1lmsA

Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, L

Flash Video – 5:30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzi2RIt8_nk

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lobostudio/with/6393179375/

»There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.«

Ken Olson,

President/founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

Students in The Classroom Image

Ed Tech Rising » The Incomplete Story of Student Clicker Technology

edtechrising.com –

http://www.benphoster.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Facebook-User-Growth-Chart.png

Social Media (Facebook) Growth is exponential

Guided Participation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB–FU2JEOc

Active, meaningful and personalized participation.
Image –
science@creativecommons
Allison Domicone, November 29th, 2010

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