21st Century Classroom

Why do we need to build 21st Skills with our students?

What are 21st Century Skills?

“21st Century Literacy Skills” is a term that is used a lot these days. What does it mean? There are 3 main organizations that have defined 21st Century Literacy. All three definitions point to the same goal: that being ICT literate (Information and Communication Technology Literacy) is much more than just having good technology skills. It is learning core subjects with application of these learning skills and communication tools.
Learning for the 21st Century


Learning for the 21st Century which is designed to articulate a vision for learning in the 21st Century, provides guides for creating a framework for action is prepared by Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Their definition of six key elements for fostering 21st century learning is excerpted and adapted from Learning for the 21st Century
Emphasize core subjects
Emphasize learning skills
  • Information and communications skills Examples: Using communication, information processing, and research tools (such as word processing, e-mail, groupware, presentation software, and the Internet) to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create, and communicate information). These skills include information and media literacy skills.
  • Thinking and problem-solving skills Examples: Using problem-solving tools (such as spreadsheets, decision support, and design tools) to manage complexity, solve problems, and think critically, creatively, and systematically.
  • Interpersonal and self-directional skills Examples: Using personal development and productivity tools (such as e-learning, time managers, and collaboration tools) to enhance productivity and personal development. These skills include accountability and adaptability skillsUse 21st Century tools to develop learning skills
  • Use digital technology and communication tools to access, manage, integrate and evaluate information; Construct new knowledge; Communicate with others effectively. Examples: Using 21st Century tools (such as word processing, e-mail, presentation software, the Internet, spreadsheets, decision support programs, design tools, e-learning, time management programs, and collaboration tools) combined with learning skills in core subjects equals 21st Century Skills (ICT Literacy)Teach and learn in a 21st century context.
  • Learn academic content through real-world examples; Learning must expand beyond the four classroom wallsTeach and learn 21st century content(3 emerging content areas) Global awareness Financial, economic and business literacy, and Civic literacy.Use 21st Century Assessments that measure 21st Century Skills High quality standardized tests Classroom assessments for teaching and learning
NCREL North Central Regional Education Laboratory
[[http://www.ncrel.org/engauge/|NCREL North Central Regional Education Laboratory identifies broader goals in achieving 21st Century Learning through 21st Century Skills

  • Digital Age Literacy.
  • Inventive Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • High Productivity
Digital Transformation; A Framework for ICT Literacy
Published by Educational Testing Service (ETS), Digital Transformation; A Framework for ICT Literacy identifies these skills as the ability to:
  • Collect and/or retrieve information
  • Organize and manage information · Interpret and present information
  • Evaluate the quality, relevance, and usefulness of information
  • Generate accurate information through the use of existing resources

We need to Pay Attention to how our kids learn

The students speak...

What does a 21st Century Connected classroom look like?
Here are some examples of 21st Century Classrooms that provide many opportunities for students to learn using 21st Century Skills.

Kindergarten: Maria Knee New Hampshire's Kinderkids
First Grade: Traci Blazosky's B-7 Bobcats
Fifth Grade: Jan Abernethy's Global Gorillas
Collaborative Projects: Mysteries of Harris Burdick in Lisa Parisi's Book Talks
Middle School Hands on Learning: Cathy Laguna Math & Science
21st Century Science Course: Scott Cox Science and Tech

More RESEARCH on 21st Century Skills and creating a rigorous/relevant environment.