21st Century Skills - AASL and ISTE Standards
Engaging Students in the Making of Good New Ideas




Join Jamie McKenzie for an exciting day of hands-on learning activities devoted to the concepts of synthesis, invention, imagination and novelty. Sign up for a seminar in one of the following cities:
Atlanta 10/16 - Hyatt Place Atlanta Airport North (Map)
Savannah 10/17 - Savannah ETC (Map)
Chapel Hill 10/20 - Carolina Center for Educational Excellence (Map)
Baltimore 10/21 - Vincent Farm El. School, Baltimore (Map)
San Antonio 11/4 - Radisson Downtown Market Square - Map
Houston 11/5 - Duchesne Academy (Closed - Full) - Map
Amarillo 11/6 - Holiday Inn Amarillo - Map
Dallas -11/7 - McKinney High School - Map
Los Angeles 11/12 - Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Airport (Map)
San Diego 11/14 - San Diego Doubletree Downtown (Map)

You can register and pay for the seminar at http://fno.org/fnopress/books.html
Costs are outlined below.

New standards from the American School Librarians and ISTE both call for students to do more than gather information when they research.  They set the expectation that students develop good new ideas, not just scoop and smush, copy and paste.  This seminar will provide participants with a toolkit of synthesis skills required to invent good new ideas along with strategies to equip their students with the creative capacity to meet the standards.

Learners use skills, resources and tools to:

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
4. Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

Schools and districts that have adopted the 21st Century Skills model for schooling will find this seminar on target, especially for Information Literacy, Media Literacy and ICT (Information, Communications & Technology) Literacy:

  • Using digital technology, communication tools and/or networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in order to function in a knowledge economy
  • Using technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, and the possession of a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information

9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
Laying the Groundwork

What do the ISTE and AASL standards expect in the way of thinking and invention? How does that contrast with old fashioned topical research and copy and paste thinking?

What do we mean by synthesis? invention? novelty? imagination? originality? inquiry?

How do questions and questioning support inquiry? What kinds of issues, challenges and concepts lend themselves most powerfully to inquiry by various age groups? How will we know when they have moved from knowledge to understanding? When is inquiry worthy of student time and when is it mere ritual? How does a teacher orchestrate inquiry?

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45 AM 
Synthesis and Puzzling
Meaningful inquiry involves students in wrestling with mysteries, puzzles, conundrums and difficult questions and issues that deserve thought and consideration. We expect students to weigh the thinking of experts and elders but then come up with their own positions, decisions and suggestions.

Research should take students beyond the mere gathering of information to the construction of new understandings. They will need a firm grounding in synthesis skills in order to combine the information in ways that may resolve puzzles and mysteries.





11:45 - 1:00 PM
Lunch (A list of nearby restaurants will be provided)

1:00-2:00 PM 
A Half Dozen Synthesis Strategies
Back in the 1950s, Osborne and others came up with a synthesis strategy called SCAMPER, the first of a dozen strategies the seminar will cover during the afternoon. Mixing presentation, demonstration and hands-on activities, Jamie will lead the group through the toolkit of strategies and provide a rich collection of resources for follow up after the seminar.

2:00-3:00 PM 
Another Half Dozen Synthesis Strategies


Registration Costs

$ 125 per person at http://fno.org/fnopress/books.html. Lunch will not be provided and is not included in the cost of the day, but there will be a coffee break with pastries mid morning.

You may pay with check, credit card or purchase order.

Contact for information.
FNO Press
1121 N. Ogden Street - Suite 205
Boulder, CO 80302
Inquiries via email please

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