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Seventh Grade science teacher from Orinda, California

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Front-loading and online information and transparency (forgive the pun) have helped to reassure and enroll our parent community in project based learning and other 21st C curriculum initiatives. What we are doing with your children and why. It's what I want to know as a parent as well as a teacher.

Being responsive to parent input helps too. I get the occasional curmudgeon who wants textbook page homework only, but they are the tiny minority. Most parents want their children to be happy, challenged and prepared for the adult world. If they tell their parents about what's going on in class, even as sometimes surly 8th graders, that's the biggest boost any curriculum can get.

3rd grade teacher Williamsburg VA

This post is full of useful

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This post is full of useful information. My school is preparing to use iPads in every grade level next year. The discussion group for parents sounds like a wonderful way to allay fears and educate parents without overwhelming them. I am looking forward to exploring the Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning.

21st Century Learning as a Lifelong Learning Model

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Suzie--I really appreciated your post! I am very interested in 21st Century Learning, both in concept and in practice. Conceptually, we as educators are integrating technology into curriculum and teaching as tools to use for learning, including creating new and original mediums for the learning process to occur. Practically, we also have a vested interest--and arguably a professional responsibility--to teach students how to be literate and fluent with the constantly evolving stimuli they are and will continue to come into contact with in the 21st century. This includes ensuring that students are able to apply their skills to further their own learning and apply the skills and knowledge they learn in the classroom in new and improved ways. Very exciting topic. Thanks for your post.

HiFiKIDS Corporation

HiFikids.com

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Good Post!!!

HiFiKIDS.com is another 21st century revolutionary way of motivating kids for their own passion or anything of their interests. We encourage kids to come up and present their topic of interests (Acting, Music, Singing, Sports, Math, Space Science, Science experiment or anything they are good at) in front of the video camera by asking one single question at the end of their presentation with multiple choice answers (Remember "Who wants to be a millionaire" or "Who is smarter then 5th grader?" format but here kids act like an anchor of the hifikids.com's "Who is more passionate?" program) and then upload the video presentation in our Passion School. It comes for the approval to check if the contents are appropriate for that age and submitted parameters are appropriate. Once approved by the approver it then gets published for the similar age kids for the respective language and region. So the number of questions kids submit and the number of questions kids answer correctly which is submitted by another same age kids are totaled which generates passion graph. In this public level program, we encourage kids to come up with the topics they love or they know the most or they enjoy the most and can comfortably present in front of the camera. This is how our passion graph accurately shows their growing passion and by doing this over the period will help teachers /parents to know their real interests or genuine skills. We have started yearly competition for "Who is more passionate?" where we will award the kids at the end of every year 31st December.

Here are some videos to watch:
1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzEgX1NQk6k
2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EwF_rXzH40

This is completely free website, however only paid members can participate in our yearly competition to receive yearly award. Yearly subscription is $15 per child per year(who is less than 18 year old).
Please contact us at support@hifikids.com for any further questions.

High school Computer teacher

Hi Suzi, Great post, I

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Hi Suzi,
Great post, I downloaded "A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning" its a very helpful guide.I read it and I found the URLs that you added very useful . I attend to set time to explore them all . I started with the Project based learning video and it was interesting. Thanks for sharing .

Elementary Grades Director/ Amana Academy a Fulton County Charter School

Great post, Suzie. The

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Great post, Suzie. The parent's guide looks like it will be very helpful. I currently consult with a private school in Texas and we are moving in this direction. Thanks for sharing.

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