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.

Curriculum21 Podcast: Episode 09

Mike Fisher and Jeanne Tribuzzi discuss the implications of content area literacy in the wake of the new Common Core Standards.