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Curriculum21 Podcast- Episode 16

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano had the opportunity to speak to Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, two educators who are making a difference in their students’ lives as well as thousands of other students and teachers from around the world.
Vicki is a teacher from Camila Georgia. She blogs on the Coolcatteacher blog and tweets under @coolcatteacher. Julie is the E-Learning Coordinator at Beijing International School. She blogs at E-Learning Journey and tweets under @julielindsay.

These two amazing women are the co-founders of the Flat Classroom Project  and have co-authored the book “Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time“, due to be released in February 2012.

Don’t miss out listening to these dynamic and passionate teachers with concrete advice for any teacher embarking on global education and flattening of their classroom.

Links mentioned in the episode:


Call for Contribution to Curriculum21 Clearinghouse

Curriculum21 is looking for contributors to their Clearinghouse.

The Clearninghouse showcases selected resources for all subject areas, grade levels, Common Core Standards, Global Education, Professional Development and many more categories.

To contribute a link is easy:

1. Go to Curriculum 21 Clearinghouse

2. Register

3. Fill out your registration

4. Once logged in, click on the “Submit Link” button

5. Fill out the resource by entering a title, description and choose from an available category. Then click “Save”.

Once submitted, the link will be reviewed by a Curriculum21 team member before it gets approved and becomes visible for everyone.

Thank you for taking the time in collaborating to create this unique resource for educators from around the world.

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Curriculum21 Podcast- Episode 15

Mike Fisher interviews Bruce Leader, a Global Studies teacher at Starpoint High School in Lockport, NY.
Bruce discusses how he is integrating literacy standards from the Common Core into his practice, and discusses his perspective on how his global experiences impact his professional practice.
Resources mentioned:
Additional resources for Social Studies Teachers:


Curriculum21 Podcast- Episode 14

Jeanne Tribuzzi and Mike Fisher discuss considerations for school wide literacy initiatives in preparation for CMI 2011. They talk about recent sessions at the ASCD conference on Literacy and reflect on some of the learning moments with participants.


Curriculum21 Podcast- Episode 13

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and Mike Fisher had the opportunity to visit Stephen Wilmarth and his 1:1 iPad initiative at the Number 1 Middle School attached to Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China.


Curriculum21 Podcast Channel: Episode 12

Mike Fisher and Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano discuss the iPad initiative and American education with Stephen Wilmarth and five young Chinese High School students in the International Experimental Class at the Number 1 Middle School attached to the Central China Normal University in Wuhan.

Curriculum21 Podcast: Episode 11

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and Mike Fisher are in Wuhan, China visiting the Number 1 Middle School attached to the Central China University. They had the chance to interview Lara Zhang, a teacher of Grade 1 (11th Graders), of the International Experimental Class, a program lead by Stephen Wilmarth.

Lara tells us about a typical day in a Chinese High School, the difference technology is making in her classroom and the intense desire of Chinese students to attend an American university for a chance of more opportunities.

Lara Zhang & Steve Wilmarth


What makes a quality BLOG?  A quality WIKI?  A video podcast to persuade? A tweet to inform? A business email?

With new forms of assessments to upgrade teaching and learning we need corresponding new rubrics to provide feedback to our learners.   Our team at Curriculum 21 has started a project to develop rubrics to assist educators in developing rubrics for use in our classrooms from the pre-K through college.

Students can and should be part of the rubric scaffolding process.  Recently, for example, I was conducting a workshop when we listened to a podcast by some high school students in social studies regarding the Civil War.   As we listened it was clear that this podcast was not ready for posting on the school podcasting channel.  It sounded like a “first podcast DRAFT”.    The ideas and content was excellent on the podcast but the delivery was stiff.   Our group agreed that It sounded as if the students were reading  directly from a script for the first time with no intention or connection.   Thus, in the same way, that we have first and second and third iterations in “writing process”, we need the same review process on new 21st century assessment forms.   Digi-rubrics will reflect the quality of the techniques used for the form such as use of camera angle and sound on a video podcast AND, as always, the content and ideas that are conveyed through the medium selected.

We invite you to send your thoughts, suggestions, and resources.  You can post a comment here on the blog site or send an email to our director of C-21 projects: (Bill Sheskey).  Our goal will be post these rubrics on our Curriculum 21/Clearinghouse and at ASCD Edge to field-test them with students in our classrooms.   Thank you

Curriculum21 Podcast: Episode 10

Buffalo Teacher Leaders summarize the 21st Century College and Career Ready student.