Discussions in class also include a focus on tagging, and how the process makes it possible to be
more efficient in identifying information, again developing skills in digital literacy and high
productivity, not possible without technology. The image below represents a Diigo tag cloud from
the Justice Project group.
Going beyond the 20th century model of private note taking, this 21st century skills approach
encourages communication and collaboration that leads to higher productivity and digital literacy
that will help students navigate research in future contexts.
COMMUNITY VISITS: PLANNING/REFLECTIONS
Throughout the course of the project, students take two visits in Mumbai to their partner's project
location. For each visit, students communicate early on in the planning, preparation, and
implementation of their visit work. For example, in the image below, in one particular group,
students, chaperones and project partners discuss "Ideas for May 12th" (plans for the visit),
"Information on fundraising", and "May 12 Reflections." Nearly all discussions on the Ning involve
students from different class periods, project partners, chaperones and the teacher. Such “flat”
communication is extremely relevant in the 21st century, as students must be prepared to work
effectively with people in various places and time zones.
It is critical during this process that the teacher guides students on how to effectively work
together. When not guided, some students have a tendency to focus strictly on sharing their own
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