Transformative Teaching and Learning: A 21st Century Model Middle School English/Language Arts Classroom
John Solis, Richland School District Two, United States ; Candice Walsh, Longleaf Middle School, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study discusses, showcases, and identifies key characteristics of a model 21st century classroom within the context of a middle school English/Language Arts learning environment. Guided by contemporary instructional design principles, constructivist learning theory, and current K-12 educational technology trends, this unique 21st century English/Language Arts classroom illustrates the importance of transitioning from traditional technology integration to transformative technology integration among K-12 educators and technology leaders. Qualitative data collected during the 2009-2010 school year reveals that access and use of technology and accommodating to various learning style preferences are common characteristic to the 21st century learning environment. Student work, particularly engaging classroom projects that utilized Web 2.0 applications, will be showcased and discussed among conference participants.
Solis, J. & Walsh, C. (2010). Transformative Teaching and Learning: A 21st Century Model Middle School English/Language Arts Classroom. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2398-2401). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).