Give Canadian high school math teacher, Darren Kuropatwa 5 minutes of your time to share thought-provoking 21st century teaching and learning strategies.

Darren’s teaching  frames current understanding of how we learn .  With the goal of teaching others, his math students write their textbook in a class blog.  Creating a circle of learning, by using social networking Darren’s students mentor middle school students;  in turn adults who have connected through student blogs, mentor Darren’s students.  New technology transports simple ideas constructed from sound educational strategies to higher levels of understanding for Darren’s students.

Reading Darren’s blog, A Difference, will change your teaching.  In his blog he shares everything he has discovered  using Smart boards, blogs, Flickr, wikis, mobile devices, Slideshare, podcasting, translation widgets (for his non-English speaking students) and other new technology that improves his craft and saves him time.  All of his materials are neatly organized for others to use.  By example, Darren models two 21st century teacher norms: collaboration and transparency.

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About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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