Learning for the 21st Century by TimIz91


									              Learning for the 21st Century -- Key Elements

1. Emphasize core subjects
     NCLB: English, reading/language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, government,
       economics, arts, history, and geography

2. Emphasize learning skills
     Information and communication skills
          o Information and media literacy skills
          o Communication skills (oral, written, multimedia)
     Thinking and Problem-solving skills
          o Critical thinking and systems thinking
          o Problem identification, formulation and solution
          o Creativity and intellectual curiosity
     Interpersonal and self-directional skills
          o Interpersonal and collaborative skills
          o Self-direction
          o Accountability and adaptability
          o Social responsibility
3. Use 21 Century tools to develop learning skills
     Information and communication technologies such as computers, networking and other technologies
     Audio, video, and other media and multimedia tools
     Ie. Spreadsheets, word processing, email, groupware, presentation, web development, Internet search
        tools, etc
4. Teach and learn in a 21 Century context
     Make content relevant to students’ lives
     Bring the world into the classroom
     Take students out into the world
     Create opportunities for students to interact with each other, with teachers and with other knowledgeable
       adults in authentic learning experiences
5. Teach and learn in a 21 Century content
     Global awareness
           o Use 21 century skills to understand and address global issues
           o Learn from and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and
                lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community
           o Promote the study of non-English language as a tool for understanding other nations and cultures
     Financial, economic and business literacy
           o Know how to make appropriate personal economic choices
           o Understand the role of the economy and the role of business in the economy
           o Apply appropriate 21 century skills to function as a productive contributor within an
                organizational setting
           o Integrate oneself within and adapt continually to our nation’s evolving economic and business
     Civic literacy
           o Be an informed citizen to participate effectively in government
           o Exercise the rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state, national and global levels
           o Understand the local and global implications of civic decisions
           o Apply 21 century skills to make intelligent choices as a citizen
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6. Use 21 Century assessments that measure 21 Century skills
     Use standardized tests to measure both core subjects and 21 century skills

     Balance standardized tests with classroom assessments to measure the full range of student skills in a
        timely way.
     Strengthen classroom assessments and integrate them with the instructional process to reinforce
learning, provide immediate feedback and help students learn core subjects and 21 century skills.

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