21st Century Learning Initiative (Canada)
Evolving Education: Learning in the 21st Century is a three-part video series that presents viewers with compelling questions about the way we educate students and offers successful, if provocative, answers. The series celebrates three case studies that reflect the ideas of John Abbott, an advocate of cognitive apprenticeship.
Drawing on a wealth of research from cognitive science and human brain theory and evolutionary biology, John Abbott tells an engaging story of how the human brain learns and what the practical implications for schools might be. From an urban inner city school in Saskatchewan, to a remote Island community in British Columbia, the series presents practical and functional alternatives in education that are quietly revolutionizing our ideas about education.
By stressing learning in the context of community rather than on instruction in the classroom, these forward thinking teachers, parents and administrators are helping prepare students to make decisions about their lives, about their local and global communities and ultimately, about the planet.
This discussion guide has been created as an aid for teachers to facilitate dialogue and stimulate thought on the ideas presented in the Evolving Education video series. The guide provides overviews and discussion questions for the ideas presented by John Abbott and each of the three episodes.
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The series premiered on the Saskatchewan Communication Network (SCN) and can be viewed in CCL’s Multimedia Centre and on CCL's YouTube channel.
Episode 3: Creating Community
Visit a remarkable school on a remote island where older students teach younger ones, where teens invite local experts to share their skills, where people are creating a sense of community by helping support learning outside the classroom.
Watch video: Part I Part II Part III