Session Description

21st-Century Learning in a Low-Tech Classroom
Stephanie Sandifer
Online Educator and Technology Coach

Room: 101
Time: 1:40 - 2:25
Title: 21st-Century Learning in a Low-Tech Classroom
Description for Program: Few computers or no computers in the classroom? No access to mobile devices? Explore ways to innovate and increase the use of 21st-Century Learning in the classroom when access to technology is limited and budgets are tight. A variety of strategies will be shared for multiple technology access scenarios.

What is 21st Century Learning?



From Tony Wagner's Global Achievement Gap:
  • Critical Thinking and Problem solving
  • Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity and Imagination

From DoDEA 21st Century Schools Project:

  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Multiple Modalities
  • Problem-Based / Inquiry-Based
  • Differentiated/multi-disciplinary learning environments
  • Teaming & Collaboration for planning, teaching, assessing and evaluation (PLCs, CFGs, Coaching Models)
  • Blended Learning
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Authentic Formative (and real-time) Assessment (including Learning Analytics)
  • Textbooks vs. Online Resources (Open Content, etextbooks, etc.)
  • Teacher as coach vs. lecturer
  • Differentiated Staffing
  • Differentiated & Distributed Professional Learning
  • Parent Involvement
  • Green Building -- for environmental as well as educational value
  • FF&E

It's about PEDAGOGY -- not about TOOLS!

Ideas & Solutions

Links to wiki pages edited by participants (in groups - modeling a strategy that could be used in a classroom with 3 to 5 computers or devices available):

Ideas for no student computers or devices (but teacher workstation and projector):
Ideas for 1 - 3 student workstations or devices:
Ideas if you have access to a shared lab or shared mobile cart:

Other Ideas:
Info Sources
Stations or Centers

Centers in "tubs"
Tech on paper
"Buddy" Time
Group Consensus
see above
Rotating Scribe
see above
Classroom as an Apple Store
(Introduction of topic (product), traditional learning (training), and exploration (in depth learning))
Flipped Classroom
Reverse Instruction
Re-imagine use of space
I.D.E.A & IdeaPaint

Related Resources


One-computer classroom

Two-computer classroom

Other Resources

Bloom's Taxonomy --
How Technology Fuels Learning --
Technology in Education - Why? --
7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools --
IWB as Laserdisk --
Apple iPad will not save your school --
21st Century Schools -

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About Your Presenter

Stephanie Sandifer is an educator, technology coach, and author with over 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. She currently teaches online courses in general pre-service teacher education, art history, and humanities at the college level, and serves as a K-12 Technology Coach.

As a teacher, she has taught in traditional brick-and-mortar schools at the K-12 and college levels, in a blended learning environment at the high school level, and in 100% online environments at the college level. Her work in the classroom has always included the use of emerging technologies with a focus on student-centered learning. She has also served in a variety of leadership roles as a Literacy Coach, School Improvement Facilitator, Dean of Instruction, and Curriculum Specialist. As a School Improvement Facilitator and Dean of Instruction she was directly involved in leading comprehensive school reform initiatives at two inner-city high schools in the Houston Independent School District.

As an educator who enjoys sharing and learning with colleagues, Stephanie began exploring the use of blogging as a tool for connecting, collaborating, and communicating with others in March of 2006 when she launched the Change Agency blog. From there she has explored the use of wikis, social networking, and other Web 2.0 tools to develop a Personal Learning Network of hundreds of other educators who share her curiosity and passion for learning.

She presents sessions and workshops on a variety of educational technology integration topics at the local, state, and national levels, and is the author of the booksWikis for School Leaders (Eye on Education, 2011) and Wikified Schools (Wakefield Publishing, 2009.) She also co-authored a chapter on Wikis with Vicki Davis inWhat school administrators need to know about digital technologies and social media (Eds. McLeod, S., & Lehmann, C. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Wiley), and is a contributing author to the Education Week blog LeaderTalk.

Her academic background includes a Master's in Education Leadership (Administration & Supervision) and post-baccalaureate coursework in K-12 Art Education from the University of Houston, a Master's in Studio Art from Purdue University, and a Bachelor's in Art & Design from McNeese State University. She is certified as a Classroom Teacher (All-Level Art and Technology Applications) and Principal (Grades EC-12) in the State of Texas.