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Teaching Critical 21st Century Skills

Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to develop key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally competitive, information-based society, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. These skills will be critical for success on the new Common Core assessments set to begin next year.

But teaching these skills can be a challenge, which is why a growing number of schools are adopting a project-based learning approach to instruction. With the generous support of Learning.com, we’ve assembled this collection of resources to help you integrate 21st century skills into your own curriculum.

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4 amazing STEM education videos on YouTube

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One helpful page, YouTube EDU, features some of the most popular educational videos on the entire site. The videos are categorized by subject, from engineering to law, and by…

Common Core testing will require digital literacy skills

Common Core testing will require digital literacy skills

The shift toward online exams aligned with the Common Core standards will require much more preparation than simply making sure networks can handle the extra bandwidth constraints and…

Integrating the ‘four Cs’ into instruction

Integrating the ‘four Cs’ into instruction

While policy makers and education leaders have been talking about the need to teach 21st-century skills for more than a decade, not enough attention has been paid to…

At Las Vegas charter school, iPads power project-based learning

At Las Vegas charter school, iPads power project-based learning

Since its founding in 2002, Explore Knowledge Academy has used its academic flexibility to institute a project-based learning method, where students create projects -- presentations, plays, dances, and…

Performance assessment making a comeback in schools

Performance assessment making a comeback in schools

Spurred by a federal directive to use “multiple measures” of student success, performance assessment is reemerging as a strategy to delve more deeply into students’ skills.…

Website combines project-based learning, social responsibility

The program encourages students to examine global problems. (Photo courtesy of Shout web site)

A new partnership between Microsoft Corp., the Smithsonian Institution, and TakingITGlobal uses educational technology to help students solve real-world challenges through online collaboration with their peers around the…

eSN Special Report: Empowering the iGeneration

technology is empowering students in ways that earlier generations could not imagine.

Thanks to the democratizing power of technology, which lets anyone with an internet connection tap into resources from all over the globe, it's now easier than ever for…

Additional Resources

Digital Literacy and the Common Core

From explicit technology requirements, to the sets of skills needed to complete standards-based tasks and assessment questions, 21st-century skills are the main focus of the Common Core. This whitepaper addresses several significant changes the must happen within classrooms and school cultures for thorough and successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards. 

 

Longwood Central School District prepares students for global economy

To meet New York State technology literacy standards, administrators at Longwood Central School District were looking for a tool that would help them integrate digital skills into instruction and assess whether skills were being taught effectively. Director of Technology Ellen Pitrelli chose Learning.com’s TechLiteracy Assessment and EasyTech to help both students and teachers develop their 21st-century skills. 

 

Arizona district prepares for next-generation assessments

For Flagstaff Unified School District, digital literacy is a key point of emphasis, and the new assessments have only heightened the importance of teaching 21st-century skills. Flagstaff utilizes Learning.com’s digital content and assessments to build students’ digital literacy skills, meet the internet safety requirements of the federal e-Rate program, and prepare students for the forthcoming PARCC assessments. 

 

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