PBL/STEAM: Our Online Workshop

The 21st CEO held an online workshop on Sunday, July 19th, as a collaborative project between member schools.

In the first session, teachers participated in a dialogue surrounding “Critical/Creative Thinking (C/C Thinking) lesson design”, and in the second session both students and teachers discussed the potential for a world in which happiness is increased.


Teachers participated in this event on their own initiative, even though it was a holiday. Everyone dressed casually, and it was nice to see students make an appearance as well. One of the great things about online events is that, just as we did, you can join as yourself. I may even remove my default background next time too.


The atmosphere may have seemed unrefined, but the teachers of the 21st Century Education Organization are very well informed, with information about PBL and STEAM being shared in symposiums, seminars, and workshops year-round. After discussing example lessons being practiced at each school, teachers will then be able to go beyond the immediate boundaries of the subject and dive into the essence of learning. Also discussed in the subcommittee I participated in, were topics such as how to exchange experiences and theories, how to set hypotheses and landing points (or dare not to set them), and whether or not teachers should present a variety of perspectives, (vs. allowing students to discover their own.) Also included was the topic of changing roles and what effect it might have, as well as introducing digital tools, and what unexpected creativity they may bring about as a result. 


Despite an intersection of subject matter, a keen awareness of the issues in each area were reflected, so the dialogue remained grounded. I felt a strong sense of the type of experience I could facilitate while teaching, as opposed to tossing around words like PBL and STEAM without knowing about their practical applications.


In the latter half of the workshop, two students participated in each group’s dialogue surrounding the "design of a happy world." Here, teachers and students were on par with each other, which is an advantage of online workshops. In the group I participated in, the personalities and assertions of the two students shined, and I really felt that the future was in their hands. It was an experience in which the “teachers” of the group felt inspired. I realized just how necessary it is to strive toward and design a happier world. The purpose of STEAM's “A” may indeed be to breathe heart into technology.


The teachers facilitating this session were also impressive. Mr. Ayumi Tanaka, general coordinator, demonstrated his mastery of digital tools when he followed a student who left the room due to Wifi trouble to a private chat, all whilst participating for the duration of the session. Shizuoka Seikogakuin’s Mr. Tashiro, and Mr. Arai of Wayo Kudan were amazing facilitators in that they paid close attention to the students' reactions; casually controlling the material presented. The ability to use digital technology may be essential for future facilitators. I also want to thank Mr. Yutaka Ito of Seigakuin, for requesting a facilitator for the subcommittee. The shared meeting, which lasted under 30 minutes, allowed us to fully understand the purpose of the event.


As the organizer, I would like to express my gratitude to the member schools of the 21st Century Educational Organization, in which the teachers and students are endlessly inspiring. Following this dialogue, I'm looking forward to seeing what the students will present online at our meeting on August 23rd.





ハイブリッドインターの高2生はカンボジアに出向き、現地の起業家のパートナーとして社会問題の解決に取り組む「MoG=Mission on the ground」と呼ばれる活動を行います。このようなプロジェクトに参加することで生徒は机上の学びだけではなく、現実の世界の中で様々な困難を克服する術を学んでいきます。




そのような学びの成果は当然大学合格実績にも表れています。2020年度は、医学部医学科 4名、海外大学 11名、国公立大学 9名、早慶上理 11名とあります。特筆すべきは海外大学の合格実績で、主なところを挙げただけでも次の通りです。

University of California , Davis 55位
Michigan State University 84位
Rutgers University 130位
The University of Alabama at Birmingham 172位
University of California , Santa Cruz 179位
University of Exeter 146位
University of East Anglia 192位
順位:Times Higher Educationによる世界大学ランキング2020






「21世紀型グローバル教育 オンラインセミナー」 英語哲学・PBL体験 同時開催

9月19日(土)・27日(日)の両日、21世紀型教育機構による「グローバル教育 オンラインセミナー」が開催されます。21世紀型教育機構の各加盟校が考える「グローバル教育」の本質を2日間に分けてお届けします。こちらのイベントは終了しました。多くのご参加をいただき、ありがとうございます!!

















7月11日に行われた英語哲学オンラインの様子を一部ご紹介します。 参考記事はこちら

21世紀型教育機構会員校の中1から高3までの生徒11名が集い、哲学対話を英語で行いました。教科知識をどれだけ身につけたかといったこととは関係なく対話が可能になるのが哲学の良いところです。 現状では字幕はついていませんが、ぜひ耳を澄まして彼らのメッセージを聞いてください。英語力もさることながら、思考力と、その考えを伝えようとする姿勢が大切であることが分かります。











21世紀型教育機構の基準からすればオンライン対応は当たり前です。Web 3.0=グローバルイマージョンとは、世界と日常的につながっていることを意味しています。






21st CEO 1st Online Conference “Toward the Future of Learning” in 2020 (2)

Following the keynote, three guests introduced their new projects. The first was Mr. Alex Dutson, who participated from his home in the UK.


Mr. Dutson is the author of Thinking Experiments and a leader in teaching Philosophy. He was asked to participate in the conference this time to share his thoughts. "Philosophy" is a concept that infiltrates the three pillars: C1 English, PBL, and ICT. All of which are promoted by our organization. Philosophy will also ultimately become one of those pillars itself.


To date, the 21st Century Education Organization has promoted the use of ICT at member schools through accreditation. Under this requirement, the schools of the 21st Century Education Organization were the first to respond to online learning, because all students had tablet terminals and PCs, and teachers were ready to make effective use of them. At present, it can be said that our member schools maintain their superiority in ICT and online learning. However, technology is continually advancing. The advantage of using such tools will soon become obsolete, as it becomes easier for schools to implement them.

So what should we do with ICT tools? It’s the power of questioning that enables us to find a guideline for an unpredictable future, and it’s the power of dialogue that creates wisdom while collaborating with others. Philosophy classes foster such power. Mr. Dutson's Philosophy lessons are not only for returnees who make full use of their ability to think creatively in English, but also for students who want to develop their creative thinking ability, as well as for teachers who practice PBL.

Mr. Kohei Kuboyama is an engineer in graduate school at UCLA. He has put together a team of engineers, alongside a friend at the University of Tokyo. Together, they’ve built a unique system for searching online video content. With the spread of 5G, the next-generation communication system, the demand for video and online classes will continue to increase. It was suggested as well, that the 21st CEO promotes the thinking skills and that the video database corresponds to lesson activities, as it will be a great help to teachers.

Erin Batty is the administrator of the 21st century learning community "GLICC", and also a teacher of English studies for university students overseas. Ms. Batty introduced her proposal to conduct research that will be a helpful addition to Mr. Kuboyama's database, and which provides information to teachers at member schools. The purpose is to organize learning content already available online into categories, and share the information in the 21st CEO forum.


After the proposals from our three guests, we were divided into six subcommittees, and each school's teachers had discussions and dialogues on each theme.

21st CEO’s 1st Online Conference “Toward the Future of Learning” in 2020 (1)

On Thursday April 23rd, the 21st Century Education Organization’s regular meeting was held online. Since we weren’t sure how long schools would be closed, we asked about fifty teachers from member schools to join us, and share their responses on behalf of their schools, as most take part in online learning.

Taking advantage of being online, guests from both London and Los Angeles presented at this regular meeting. They introduced their proposals for new projects, and I was inspired by this to think of future methods of learning, in a post-Corona era.


We utilized Zoom breakout sessions as well during our meeting. In six of our sessions, teachers relayed the information presented to their schools, and received great enthusiasm of moving on to the next stage. It was an opportunity to reaffirm that the 21st Century Education Institute's school is a world-class school that can adapt and respond in a time of crisis.

The meeting lasted for about two and a half hours beyond the scheduled time. Since it was decided that participation would be from the comfort of our homes, it was a regular meeting which included consideration for the health of our attendees.

"Private School Survival Declaration in the Current Decade” by Fujimigaoka Gakuen President Susumu Yoshida

Mr. Yoshida, president of Fujimigaoka Gakuen plans to improve students' social and creative thinking skills, as well as judgement and expressiveness, while keeping in mind that secondary education is required even under these circumstances. He confirmed the importance of a variety of factors, in this type of learning environment. He affirmed also, about the gap in correspondence between schools in terms of online learning. Especially what should be asked of educational administration, about the delay in correspondence between public schools, and also the need for private schools to develop this.

"Global Education in the Global Crisis" by Yakumo Gakuen Teacher Ryuhei Kondo

Originally supposed to be the host school for this meeting, Yakumo Gakuen’s Teacher Kondo has developed a global learning environment through online exchange and classes. He’s done so by utilizing ICT for study abroad programs, without having the need to go abroad. He said it’s possible to do so, and that it’s necessary to take part in this type of learning environment, so that experiential global education can immediately resume when the crisis situation ends.

"The Real Value of Global STEAM" by Mr. Hirakata, Dean of Kogakuin University Junior and Senior High School

Mr. Hirakata of Kogakuin began presenting while sharing a photo of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as well as a slide with 17 goals of SDGs. New York has been one of the most affected cities during this outbreak. While recognizing the difficulties we’re facing, it was once again pointed out what type of education each member of the 21st Century Educational Organization should aim for, through STEAM and PBL. Mr. Hirakata also mentioned the importance of a Global 3.0, which the 21st CEO has been promoting.

"Future Roles of the 21st Century Education Organization" by Mr. Atsuo Nagatsuka, Dean of Junten

Mr. Nagatsuka pointed out that while ICT is useful for personalization, its potential as a tool for connection and cooperation online is expanding. It can be said so for the English language as well, but since it’s easy to forget about the tool and what it’s used for, it’s important to remember the "philosophy” behind it. It has been emphasized that in online learning, it’s necessary to enhance the developing "interactive online learning content", by taking advantage of ICT as an easy way to measure outcomes with things like rubrics.



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順天 長塚先生より




工学院 平方先生より



和洋九段 中込先生より




三田国際 原田先生より




文化学園大学杉並 窪田先生より





静岡聖光学院 星野先生より

「具体的な対応については、ICTチームリーダーからご報告するが、マネジメントの立場としては、思考コードの『C軸』=創造的思考が大切になっていることを感じる。政治・行政の対応を見るにつけ、過去の事象から確率的に高いものを選ぶEBPM(Evidence Based Policy Making) の手法では対応できないことが明らかである。我々としては、未来に向けて走りながら、想像力を掻き立てクリエイトしていくという覚悟で進めている。幸運にも教員のマインドセットができているため、素早い対応が可能になっているが、まだまだ学んでいくべきことも多い。」


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聖ドミニコ学園 千葉先生より

富士見丘 白鶯先生より
八雲学園 菅原先生より
聖パウロ学園 本間先生より




A) 分科会「21世紀型学校マネジメント」座長:首都圏模試センター 代表取締役  山下 一 氏 
B) 分科会「21世紀型学校広報のあり方」座長:首都圏模試センター取締役 教育研究所長 北 一成 氏
C) 分科会「グローバル教育・英語教育とオンライン」 座長:21世紀型教育機構理事 石川一郎 先生
D) 分科会「PBL・思考コードとオンライン」座長: 聖学院 児浦良裕 先生
E) 分科会「STEAMとICTツールの可能性」座長:和洋九段 新井誠司 先生
F) 分科会「オンラインセミナー・アクレディテーションの可能性」
  座長:アクレディテーションチーム  福原将之 氏/神崎史彦 氏