Edu 692 Week 2

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October 23, 2020
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October 23, 2020

Edu 692 Week 2

Discussion 1

Landfill Harmonics and 21st-Century Skills

As educators, knowing about the 21st-century skills is important, and being able to recognize the skills within specific examples is an indicator that you truly understand them and how they work in application. In Week One, we discussed the story of Caine and his arcade as a way to explore how culture influences creativity, imagination, and inventiveness. In this discussion, we go a step further by considering 21st-century skills in relation to another inspiring story of creativity, imagination, and inventiveness.

The Landfill Harmonic project showcases the story of a garbage picker, a music teacher, and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that, out of necessity, started creating instruments entirely out of garbage found in a landfill. Children who ordinarily would drop out of school to sift through garbage in search of salvageable recyclables became involved in learning to play instruments together and formed an orchestra out of instruments they crafted. Valuing the arts and encouraging students to become involved in cross-cultural projects (such as participation in an orchestra) reflect excellent examples of learning contexts and strategies that can promote 21st-century skills, particularly the 4Cs within the Learning and Innovation skills category: creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, and collaboration. 

Your reflections on this story will provide a rich backdrop for learning more about the impact that social and cross-cultural skills have on the more academic pursuit of keeping children engaged in learning 21st-century skills. After reviewing this week’s Instructor Guidance material, you will have a good working knowledge of social and cross-cultural skills and will be able to recognize how they might support the learning of 21st-century skills, especially within the Landfill Harmonic project.

Initial Post:  View the Landfill harmonic amazing and inspirational video about the Landfill Harmonic project and then view more specific information about the project on its official website.  Next, review the Framework for 21st century learning web page. Then, create an initial post that addresses the following in at least one paragraph for each:

  • Describe the Learning and Innovation (4Cs) as well as Life and Career Skills you perceive the students learned and applied as a result of their participation in the Landfill Harmonic project.
  • Describe the cross-cultural skills you perceive were demonstrated by the students in the Landfill Harmonic project.
  • Describe the social factors and attitudes you perceive were needed to initiate the project, including a consideration of the cross-cultural skills that may be necessary for supporters to sustain the Landfill Harmonic project.

This discussion focuses on identifying the economic, technological, social and personal factors outside of school that can result in barriers to academic success inside school. From Week One’s readings of the course text and the assessments related thereto, you should now be familiar with the research that describes the relationship between factor of social class and school success, the impact of diversity on learning, and the importance of family involvement. These factors represent powerful variables outside school that impact learning inside school. For this discussion, discuss factors in your own life, outside of school growing up and the direct and indirect relationships with your learning experiences inside of school. Be sure to review the Week Two Instructor Guidance for additional information that can assist you in excelling in all assessments for this week. 
Discussion 2
Initial Post: Create an initial post that describes the relationship between a challenge you faced outside school from one or more of the following areas: economic, technological, social and personal. Next, describe how your challenge may have contributed to your academic and/or social success inside the classroom. Additionally, describe a challenge you are currently experiencing, noting whether it is an economic, technological, social, or personal challenge or combination of one or more of these areas.  Please only share about challenges that you are comfortable discussing with the class. Finally, conclude your initial post with a consideration of how the current challenge is influencing your ability to achieve academically and/or socially.

Assignment:

In this assignment, you will reflect on the story of Nick Perez and analyze it based on what might have happened differently if Nick’s education targeted the learning of 21st century skills through culturally relevant learning opportunities. Additionally, you will recommend a culturally relevant learning experience that might have been able to meet Nick’s needs in high school. Review the Instructor Guidance for this week for additional information and use the Ladson-Billing (1995) resource and Chapter 4 of Wardle (2013) to define a culturally relevant learning experience; apply this framework to the creation of solutions. Then, create your formal written assignment to meet the content and written communication expectations stated below.

Content Expectations

  • Video Analysis (3 points): Address the following five guiding statements:
    1. Describe a culturally relevant learning experience in which Nick could have participated within his early high school years that may have been able to successfully meet his academic and personal needs.
    2. Using Nick’s interest in computers as a form of his cultural identity, describe the cultural competencies that were most likely taught and/or applied within Nick’s school (i.e., not the computer camp, but the school system that Nick eventually left). 
    3. Examine the 4C skills (a) creativity and innovation, (b) critical thinking and problem solving, and (c) communication and collaboration that are presented in Learning and Innovations Skills. Determine which of these skills you perceive are most likely relevant to Nick’s current position as a programmer in an advertising firm and which of these skills you perceive are not adequately addressed in typical classroom environments today.
    4. Evaluate the relationship between the cultural competencies identified above in item two and the learning and innovation skills described in item three, and then consider whether cultural competencies are represented in the 21st century skills. Describe in what ways.
    5. Explain how the acquisition of learning and innovation skills through culturally relevant learning opportunities can lead to greater student success in the classroom and in the real world.
  • Cultural Competencies References (1 point): Reference cultural competencies in your response to the Video Analysis guiding statements. Include examples using at least one of the following four characteristics: 
    1. Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview (including biases)
    2. Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews
    3. Positive attitudes and open-mindedness toward cultural differences
    4. Ability to work successfully with others from different cultures
  • Culturally Relevant Learning References (1 point): Reference culturally relevant instruction in your response to the Video Analysis guiding statements. Reflect strategies that align with this approach and include at least one of the following nine areas:
    1. Maximizing academic success through relevant instructional experiences
    2. Addressing cultural competence through reinforcing students’ cultural integrity
    3. Involving students in the construction of knowledge
    4. Building on students’ interests and linguistic resources
    5. Tapping home and community resources
    6. Understanding students’ cultural knowledge
    7. Using interactive and constructivist teaching strategies
    8. Examining the curriculum from multiple perspectives 
    9. Promoting critical consciousness through opportunities to challenge predominant elements of the students’ social norms
  • 21st Century Skills Framework (1 point): Reference 21st century skills in your response to the Video Analysis Questions to reflect the framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Written Communication Expectations

  • Page Requirement (.5 points): Submit three to five pages, not including the title and reference pages.
  • APA Formatting (.5 points): Format your paper according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Syntax and Mechanics (.5 points): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. 
  • Source Requirement (.5 points): Reference at least one scholarly source in addition to the Partnership for 21st Century Learning’s Skills Framework, Ladson-Billing (1995) resource, and Chapter 4 in Wardle (2013) to provide compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the references page need to be used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.
 
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