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Demystifying 21 st Century Skills. Pat Hubert ~ ESA 2. The 4 Question Exercise…. Imagine (if its not already the case) that you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew…someone you care about deeply, & this child is just starting preschool or kindergarten this year ……. .

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the 4 question exercise
The 4 Question Exercise….

Imagine (if its not already the case) that you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew…someone you care about deeply,

& this child is just starting preschool or kindergarten this year…….

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The 4 Question Exercise….

What will the world be like in 20 or so years from now… when your child has left school and is out in the world?

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The 4 Question Exercise….

What skills will your child need to be successful in this world you have imagined 20 years from now?


Now think about your own life….

& the times you were



You would call them

Peak Learning Experiences

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The 4 Question Exercise….

What were the conditions that made your high-performance learningexperiencesso powerful?

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The 4 Question Exercise….

What would learning

be like if it were

designed around

your answers to the

first three questions?


….its high time that learning becomes more in tune with the demands of our times and the needs of today’s students.

21 st century themes global awareness
21st Century ThemesGlobal Awareness
  • Ability to understand and address global issues
  • Learning from and working collaboratively with diverse in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue
  • Ability y to understand other cultures and perspectives
    • Including non-English speakers
21 st century themes civic literacy
21st Century ThemesCivic Literacy
  • Knowing how to stay informed and understanding/ interpreting information
  • Exercising rights and obligations of citizenship
    • Local, national, global
  • Understanding implications of civic decisions
21 st century themes financial economic entrepreneurial literacy
21st Century ThemesFinancial, Economic, & Entrepreneurial Literacy
  • Ability to make appropriate economic choices
  • Understand the role of the economics in society
  • Ability to use entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options
21 st century themes health literacy
21st Century ThemesHealth Literacy
  • Obtaining, interpreting understanding and utilizing basic health information
  • Understanding and using preventive physical and mental health measures
  • Using information to make appropriate health-related decisions
  • Establishing and monitoring personal and family health goals
  • Understanding public health and safety issues

21st Century Skills

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Reason Effectively
    • Inductive, deductive, etc. based on situation
  • Use Systems Thinking
    • Parts of the whole interact in complex systems
  • Make Judgments and Decisions
    • Evaluate evidence, points of view, synthesize, make connections, draw conclusions, reflect
  • Solve Problems
    • Conventional and innovative; various points of view 

effective learners are…

critical thinkers and evaluators


“I’m calling on our nation’s governors and state education chiefs to develop standards and assessments that don’t simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test, but whether they possess 21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking, entrepreneurship and creativity.” ~ President Barack Obama


21st Century Skills

Collaboration & Communication

  • Communicate Clearly
      • Articulate thoughts and ideas orally, written and nonverbal; Listen, decipher meaning, knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions; Inform, instruct, motivate and persuade; Utilize media and technologies, and judge effectiveness, assess their impact; Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)
  • Collaborate with Others
    • Effectively, respectfully, flexibility, helpful , compromise to accomplish a common goal , shared responsibility, value contributions

collaborate to reach




21st Century Skills

Creativity and Innovation

  • Think Creatively
    • Use idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming); Create new and worthwhile ideas; Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate to improve and maximize
  • Work Creatively with Others
    • Develop, implement and communicate new ideas effectively; Be open and responsive; incorporate group input and feedback; Demonstrate originality and inventiveness; understand limits to adopting new ideas; View failure as an opportunity; understand that creativity and innovation = small successes and frequent mistakes
  • Implement Innovations
    • Act on creative ideas

effective communicators & creators are…

able to create something new


21st Century Skills

Information Literacy

  • Access and Evaluate Information
    • Efficiently and effectively; critically and competently
  • Use and Manage Information
    • Accuracy and appropriately and creatively; Manage the flow from a wide variety of sources; Understand ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information

21st Century Skills

Media Literacy

  • Analyze Media
    • Understand how and why media messages are constructed; Examine how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are in/ex-cluded; how media can influence beliefs and behaviors; ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of media
  • Create Media Products
    • Understand and utilize the most appropriate media creation tools, characteristics and conventions and utilize the most appropriate expressions and interpretations

“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” ~ Alvin Tofflerauthor “Future Shock”


21st Century Skills

ITC Literacy

  • Apply Technology Effectively
    • Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information ; Use digital technologies, communication/networking tools and social networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information to successfully function in a knowledge economy; Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information technologies

21st Century Skills

Life and Career Skills

Flexibility and Adaptability

Adapt to Change; Be FlexibleInitiative and Self-Direction

Manage Goals and Time; Be Self-directed LearnersSocial and Cross Cultural Skills

Interact Effectively with OthersProductivity and Accountability Manage Projects; Produce Results

Leadership and Responsibilty


effective global collaborators are…

able to lead or follow




Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

6.R.4.1 Students can compare and contrast text from different time periods, cultures, and historical events.


Electronic resources

Graphic organizers – Smart board


Word processing/publishing




Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial

Media Literacy

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking


4.3 Determine the quality and effectiveness of personal artwork using specific criteria.


Internet resources, electronic communication, presentation/word processing, and spreadsheets…


Students will act in a role of insurance adjustor for a school/home/professional setting. Their job will be to assess the current replacement value of the artistic works included in a given clients collection based on credible resources.



Communication & Collaboration

Information Literacy

Creativity and Innovation


8.S.1.1. Students are able to describe how science and technology have been influenced by social needs, attitudes, and values.


Brainstorming software, (kidspiration) collaboration software, (blogs & wikis) presentation tools.

Presentation tools


Communicate to the public via podcast, YouTube or print materials the procedures and results of an investigation that evaluates and compares the quality of water from different regional sources by performing simple tests (for ph, salinity, hardness, temperature etc.) including the health risks and implications.

  • More intentional
  • Purposefully
  • Explicitly
  • Relationship
  • Collaboration
  • More….?
  • Relevance
  • Rigorous
  • Higher level thinking
  • Real life
    • Meaning/authentic
  • Project based

Our kids have tasted the honey.

Learning to Change:

Student Voices


our learners are always on


interaction is expected


make it




where do we go from here
Where do we go from here?

In what ways are you ALREADY incorporating 21st Century Themes, Skills and Tools in YOUR classrooms?

How can we take it to the next level…………