“It is critical that 21st-century learning environments address the multiple and interconnected needs of the whole child,” said Paige Kuni, worldwide manager of K-12 education for Intel Corp. and P21 chair. “Learning supports are only valuable if they effectively reinforce human relationships, give relevance to learning, and encourage student engagement.”
Successful 21st-century learning environments both give and receive support from families and the community at large, the paper explains.
“Too often, schools have been silos of isolation–classrooms isolated from other classrooms, teachers isolated from other teachers, schools isolated from the outside world,” it says. “Research shows, though, that positive and productive relationships within and outside an organization enable it to carry out its mission more effectively. When people are connected through technology and/or collaborative arrangements, their effect is multiplied, for communities ‘can accomplish goals that would be impossible through more isolated efforts.'”
“21st Century Learning Environments” (PDF)