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21st Century Workforce Readiness for Montanans

A Course of Action for Montanan Digital Inclusion

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by Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting

Email: frank@lone-eagles.com

Designed for K12 educators, parents, and including hands-on activities for youth of all ages, this course covers the essential concepts for meaningful participation in the local and global information society and economy. 21st Century citizenship demands an appreciation for cultural diversity, and an understanding of the emerging social media dynamics for social entrepreneurship, youth E-entrepreneurship, rural revitalization, global service learning, and establishing trusted relationships.

This unique course leverages use of new social media to provide multi-track presentation and interaction curriculum for all ages. Primarily designed for educators, homeschoolers, and parents, links to additional resources by grade level are included for 21st century financial, business, and entrepreneurial literacy for learners of all ages, K-100.

This course will address the emerging shared values for meaningful participation as 21st Century citizens with emphasis on learning to teach and encourage others online and culturally appropriate purposeful use of social media and Web  2.0 tools for socio-economic capacity-building.

Identify the emerging shared values of 21st Century citizens

Learn to encourage, mentor, and teach anyone, anywhere, anytime

Learn the best ways people are helping others online, and how you can too.

Learn about the latest innovations for reducing poverty; microloans, micromultinationals.

Learn how to self-actualize and to make the living you want living wherever you want.

Course Structure:

Register anytime for eight four-hour lessons with up to one year to complete all lessons, plus a 10 hour final project, for three semester graduate credits suitable for recertification. Each lesson begins with a three minute overview video presenting the big picture themes covered in each lesson with visual examples and recommended websites suitable for all ages. 

This K-100 online course course has four tracks, the Big Picture, Elementary, Middle School, High School, and each track has extensive supplemental curriculum with emphasis on highlighted classroom-ready activities and a social media interaction forum per track.

The Big Picture track has general overview videos, screencasts and podcasts suitable for all,
with advanced resources for adults and mature students.

The Elementary track uses additional videos, screencasts, and podcasts to identify ideal activities for K-5 learners.

The Middle school track uses additional videos, screencasts, and podcasts to identify ideal activities for 6-8th grade learners.

The HS track uses additional videos, screencasts, and podcasts to identify ideal activities with emphasis on E-entrepreneurship

Eight Four-Hour Lessons:
A. Becoming a 21st Century Learner and Earner requires:

  1. Understanding and practicing the 21st Century literacy and ISTE standards
  2. Instilling the love of learning by motivating all learners effectively
  3. Self-Directed-Internet-Learning Skills for constructivist building of one’s own knowledge
  4. Innovation and Creativity,
  5. Project-based learning and collaborative problem-solving
  6. Digital storytelling activity:  Short video personal statement, “Who I am and where I’m going.”

B. Health and Wellness Literacy

 1. Maslow’s hierarchy of self-actualization, self-assessment of our lifestyles, beliefs about ourselves
 2. Taking responsibility for personal self-actualization; self-determination developing for one’s own goals and directions,
 3. Identifying one’s core values, family, cultural and community orientation and obligations
 4. Review online health sites, support groups (ex. Youth suicide)

C. Citizenship: “Acting Locally, Thinking Globally.”

1. Local and Global Citizenship values and civic participation
2. Info-diet self-assessment Activity: Self-assessment for how we spend our time; media habits
3. What time we give to ourselves, to others, and service learning
4. Global Awareness, cultural diversity, developing global trust

D. Information and Media Literacy

1. Dealing with accelerating change; information overload, uncertainty, megatrends, future shock
2. Just-in-time-inquiry-based learning, search engines – visual search engines, natural language search engines
3. Media literacy, persuasive media awareness and creating our own cultural norms:
4. Collaborative opportunities: with a little help from our friends, social activism trends in social media
5. Advanced strategies for keeping to the same instant of progress, blogs
6. Self-assessing one’s potential impacts on others. Giving encouragement and wanting it from others.
7. From each according to their ability to each according to their need. (Star trek, Gene Rodenberry)

E. Cultural Expression: Adaptability and Accountability

1. Cultures always adapted to survive, finding balance between traditional values and new behaviors
2. Cultural protection, preservation of history
3. Personal accountability to self, family, culture, nation, globally
4. Priority of family sustainability

F. Financial, Business, Economic, and Entrepreneurial Literacy

1. Definitions of these four literacies
2. Addressing h
ow everyone might create enough value to sustain themselves and others
3. The changing nature of business, knowledge economy dynamics VS industrial age products economy
4. Emerging trends: social entrepreneurship. Green businesses, corporate social responsibity
5. Instructional entrepreneurship: Everyone both learner and teacher, consumer and producer
6. Reviewing some of the best youth entrepreneurship curriculum sites by grade levels
7. Finding and sharing relevant ecommerce and telework success stories.

G. Great Global Multiclassroom Projects

1. Freerice.org   A site for Learning vocabulary while providing food for those in poverty
2. Kiva.org   Citizen microloans as citizen philanthropy,
3. Reviewing the best global multiclassroom projects from simple activities to more advanced. Thinkquest.com Globalschoolhouse.org, and more

H. Service Learning (Community Service – Making a Difference)

1. Digital Inclusion, working with elders, preserving their stories for all future generations,
2. Becoming a mentor and community builder, community skills transfer metrics and event models
3. Mining raw human potential, competitions to leverage bottom up innovation,
4. Creating online content of value for the community
5. What IF’s: Envisioning the future of you and your community – best case, and worst case.