A coalition of high-tech companies and nonprofit organizations has issued a series of free tools to help teachers, administrators, and lawmakers incorporate specific "21st-century skills" into the core curriculum to better prepare students for today's technology-infused workplace.

The web-based tools were introduced June 22 at the National Educational Computing Conference in New Orleans by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a public-private organization whose members include the AOL Time Warner Foundation, Apple Computer, Cable in the Classroom, Cisco Systems, Dell Inc., Microsoft Corp., the National Education Association, and SAP. The group's efforts are supported by the U.S.


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