Date of Award/Publication

4-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

First Supervisor

Diane Barrett

Abstract

The demands placed on today’s students are growing. They are not only expected to be competent in core subjects, but also to develop technological skills that are essential for success in the 21 st century. Pressure is transferred to teachers as they seek to create dynamic environments in which a complex synthesis of knowledge can take place. The following study reveals the major components of 21 st century technological skills. Major skills are organized into ten objectives, each of which was introduced through mini-lessons. Using this technique, 23 fourth grade students completed independent internet research to learn about food chains in their chosen environment. They compiled their learning into PowerPoint presentations that were shared on the classroom’s webpage. Students exhibited a high level of engagement throughout the unit, incorporating standards of technological literacy into their final products.

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