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Sep/Oct 2010: Features

Four Competencies for a 21st-Century Education and How to Implement Them

In this article, well-known educator and administrator Dr. Rudy Crew, former chief of the New York City school system and former superintendent of the Miami-Dade County school system, explains his four competencies for a 21st century education as well as why addressing them will help every student graduate high school fully equipped to face a world that will demand the highest level of skill and experience as a well-rounded individual.

Online Tools for Research—Elementary and Middle School Style

One of the most challenging areas in education today is helping students navigate through the ever-increasing world of information. There are many estimates out there on how fast the internet is growing, but everyone agrees it is the fastest-growing technology humankind has ever created! To get a handle on this 21st-century repository of information, librarians, teachers, and students need to harness the power and flexibility of the more-powerful, flexible, and varied online tools being developed … tools that can help them find, evaluate, and organize the megaloads of information out there. This applies not only to high school students but to younger students as well.

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: 21st Century Learning in 2010--A Global Imperative

In this article, Victor Rivero draws on educators' and educational technology product developers' thinking that he picked up during a visit to this summer's ISTE conference. Victor cruised the show, talking with attendees and presenters, as well as with representatives from organizations such as the Partnership for 21st-Century Skills and The Software & Information Industry Association, to get their opinions on 21st century education.

Sep/Oct 2010: Product Reviews

Cognite, from Follett Software Co.

Victor Rivero reviews Cognite from Follett Software Co., a digital learning environment that integrates discovery and organization tools, collaboration, and communication.

Sep/Oct 2010: Columns

THE PIPELINE: Getting Everyone Up-to-Speed

In this month's column, Stephen shows you some great initiatives, lead by librarians and educators, that attempt to help bring everyone up-to-date and up-to-speed on the latest in learning technologies and even create learning experiences for these technologies and concepts. What he finds exciting about these efforts, he notes, is that they're not just for librarians. They can be used by teachers of any stripe, subject, or experience level, as well as by administrators such as principals and superintendents.

THE TECH EFFECT: How Sweet It Is--One Teen’s Take on Classroom Management Software and the Future of School-to-Home Communication

This month, Johanna describes a remarkable high school student's work to create something he calls "EduSweet," an engaging solution to keep the school-to-home connection alive and kicking that marries the traditional components of online grades, assignments, calendars, and notes with one-step social networking.

THE MEDIA CENTER: Your Circle of Influence

School maintenance staff along with school secretaries always appear on lists of the key people a media specialist must get to know at the start of a career. Who else do you work with and depend on as you build successful media programs? Who else depends on you? Who else can we potentially add to what Gary Hartzell calls our "Power/Dependency Map"? In this month's column, Mary Alice walks you through an exercise to help you explore this issue.

BELLTONES: Who Knows What About Technology?

Since the new year and the new decade of 2010 was ushered in with the usual hoopla in January, Belltones columnist Mary Ann Bell began to wonder how educators are faring when it comes to using technology. She has conducted a number of surveys online on the subject. This month, she shares the results for administrators, compares them with teachers' answers, and offer her thoughts about the similarities and differences.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Tools and Techniques for 21st-Century Learning

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