Using 21st century skills
Global Awareness -Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues -Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts -Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Information, Media, and Technology Literacy People in the 21st century live in a technology and media-suffused environment, marked by various characteristics, including: 1) access to an abundance of information, 2) rapid changes in technology tools, and 3) the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21st century, citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology. Battelle for Kids
Think Creatively -Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming) -Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts) -Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
Reason Effectively -Use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation Use Systems Thinking -Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems Make Judgments and Decisions -Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs -Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view -Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis -Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes Solve Problems -Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways -Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions
Communicate Clearly -Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts -Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions -Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade) -Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact -Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)
Collaborate with Others -Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams -Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal -Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member
Be Self-directed Learners -Go beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise -Demonstrate initiative to advance skill levels towards a professional level -Demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process -Reflect critically on past experiences in order to inform future progress Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge.
How can technology support the development of student communication skills? Turn and talk to a partner.
How can technology support the development of student collaboration skills?
To what extent does technology empower your students in their development of critical thinking and problem solving skills? Be prepared to share your response with a shoulder partner.
How will you use technology to increase your students' global awareness?
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