Sunday Check In: 10/25/15

posted Oct 25, 2015, 2:13 AM by   [ updated Oct 25, 2015, 2:14 AM ]

Good evening,

Methuen High School's Innovative Learning Team presented on October 22nd at the annual MassCUE Technology conference held at Gillette Stadium. Two well crafted, innovative workshops highlighting the very best of 21st Century teaching were enjoyed by enthusiastic and awed participants. Below please find some more information and reach out to me if you would like to get involved. All are welcome!  ~Kerri

Question: What is 21st Century Learning?

Answer: The term "21st-century skills" is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today's world.

Question: What if I want to learn more?

Answer: Click here to access the official website: P21 Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Question: How is the ILT implementing these frameworks at the high school?

Answer: The team is instituting Genius Hour and Methuen 20Time Projects.

Question: What is Genius Hour?

Answer: One of the concerns educators hear continuously from businesses and centers for higher education is this: Students’ most prominent weakness is their inability to be independent, self-directed learners and workers.The Genius Hour is set aside as a time for students to work on a project that will cultivate these skills while allowing students the freedom to focus on something that they’re passionate about.

Question: What are Methuen 20Time Projects?

Answer: A 20Time Project allows students to pick their own project and learning outcomes, while still hitting all the standards and skills for their grade level. In fact, these students often go "above and beyond" their standards by reaching for a greater depth of knowledge than most curriculum tends to allow. The idea for 20% time in schools comes from Google's own 20% policy, where employees are given twenty percent of their time to work and innovate on something else besides their current project. It's been very successful in business practice, and now we can say that it has been wildly successful in education practice.