With several snow days this week, I had lots of time to play around with some new sites to help push my teaching towards 21st century learning. One of my favorite definitions of 21st century learning I found is from Barnett Berry who said “Twenty-first-century learning means that students master content while producing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from a wide variety of subjects and sources with an understanding of and respect for diverse cultures.” (Rich, 2010). This helped me focus my search on finding a tool to:
1. Help my students synthesize their hip hop history knowledge,
2. Contextualize hip hop events with historical events, and
3. produce something that shares what they have learned.
One in particular that stood out to me is Sutori. Sutori allows teachers and students to create presentations that are shown as vertical timelines, with lots of additional features you can embed such as videos, images, quizzes, and forums. I made an example detailing my own educational history.
With my extra time I drafted a lesson plan on how I would use Sutori with my sixth grade students. Our class times are quite short, so this lesson would take place over two class periods (eighty minutes total). I would love any constructive feedback you may have! Let me know what you think in the comments.
Rice, E. (2010). How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning? – Education Week. Retrieved from: https://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2010/10/12/01panel.h04.html