21st Century Learning in the Low-Tech Classroom

Few computers or no computers in the classroom? No access to mobile devices? How do we create 21st-Century Learning Environments and Learning Experiences in classrooms or schools that are low- or no-tech? Explore ways to innovate and increase the use of 21st-Century Learning in the classroom when access to technology is limited and budgets are tight. A variety of strategies for deeper, more student-centered approaches to learning will be shared for multiple technology access scenarios, and will be scaffolded and aligned with the LOTI (Levels of Technology Integration) to enable attendees to assess their own current level of technology integration in order to make decisions about the most appropriate strategies to use in order to "level up". As a result of this session, participants will leave with a variety of ideas for increasing 21st Century Learning in their classrooms through the use of low-tech strategies and/or by strategically leveraging existing technology.

Components of 21st-Century Learning

  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Multiple Modalities
  • Problem-Based / Inquiry-Based
  • Differentiated/multi-disciplinary learning environments
  • Teaming & Collaboration for planning, teaching, assessing and evaluation (PLCs, CFGs, Coaching Models)
  • Blended Learning
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Authentic Formative (and real-time) Assessment (including Learning Analytics)
  • Textbooks vs. Online Resources (Open Content, etextbooks, etc.)
  • Teacher as coach vs. lecturer
  • Differentiated Staffing
  • Differentiated & Distributed Professional Learning
  • Parent Involvement
  • Green Building -- for environmental as well as educational value
  • FF&E

Spaces & Habitats for Learning

Starbucks, Apple Store, etc.



DoDEA Project

Rethinking School Design -- http://www.connectedprincipals.com/archives/4723

21st-Century Habits for Learning & Working

Facilitating the development of...

From Tony Wagner's Global Achievement Gap:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem solving
  • Collaboration Across networks and Leading by Influence
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity and Imagination

Transforming Practice




"Leveling Up" on LOTI


HEAT Framework --

Outside-of-the-Box in Traditional Spaces

I'm stuck in an old school -- HELP!

Use of Personal Devices
No BYOD policy -- but check on district's policy... does it say "absolutely not" or does it say "for instructional use only"?

Disrupting the traditional learning environment


Include links to descriptive examples and/or videos to provide visual examples

Additional Resources & Information

Idea for using Voicethread:

One-computer classroom

two-computer classroom