Objectives. Discuss rationale for teaching and learning 21 st Century Skills Provide process for looking more closely at Iowa’s 21 st Century Skills Examine 21 st Century instruction. 2 1 st Century Learner . . . . . . will use technologies that haven’t been invented
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. . . will use technologies that haven’t been invented
to do jobs that don’t exist.
. . . networked
. . . multi-tasker
. . . digitally literate
. . . craves interactivity
. . . strong visual-spatial skills
. . . tethered to the internet
. . . wants to learn things that matter
. . . wants to be challenged to reach own conclusions
“Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” Palfrey and Gasser, 2008
Growing consensus that schools need to be accountable for more than “basic” academics.
“Creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” -Sir Ken Robinson, 2006
“The top 10 jobs for 2010 weren’t even created in 2004”
- Diana G. Oblinger, President EDUCAUSE
Our teens leave school equipped to work only in the kinds of jobs that are fast disappearing from the American economy.
Why even our best schools don’t teach the new survival skills our children need – and what we can do about it.
-Tony Wagner, 2008
Harvard Graduate School of Education
“Integrating 21st century skills into teaching and assessment, then, is not only an economic imperative, driven by changes in the workforce, but a vital aspect of improving student learning.”
“Measuring Skills for the 21st Century, 2008” - Silva
Developed after thorough investigation:
Video clip: The Blood Project
1. What 21st century skills are evident in this example?
2. What are students/teachers doing that
supports 21st century learning?
3. What characteristics of effective instruction are illustrated?
Video clip: Dollars and Sense
1. What 21st Century Skills essential concepts and skill sets do you see?
Lens of 21st Century Skills
Share findings from inventory
Identify creative approaches to ensure each and every student in your school is learning the 21st century skills.
Share out . . .
“It is a world in which comfort with ideas and abstractions is the passport to a good job, in which creativity and innovation are the key to the good life, in which high levels of education - a very different kind of education than most of us have had- are going to be the only security there is.”
-New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, 2006
“Truly successful schools seem to possess a restlessness and on-going passion for continuous improvement. They shun any sense of ‘having arrived’ at success and continually strive to improve & reinvent themselves.”