21st Century Skills
With so much emphasis on content-based standards, and the high stakes testing that accompanies them, it’s sometimes easy to miss the forest for the trees. In this course, nationally-known experts address the missing pieces, the 21st century skills students will need to survive and thrive in college, in careers, and as global citizens, now and in the very near future.
This course features personal interviews with change leaders in the areas that most impact 21st century education:
- Ken Kay presents the big picture and the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
- James Bellanca compares “old school” traditions with what’s needed now
- Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey explain how, in technology, form follows function
- Richard DuFour describes the role of professional learning communities
- Robin Fogarty and Brian Pete lend a global perspective Bill Ferriter creates classroom environments that matter to kids
- Will Richardson explores the role of technology
The interviewees answer the intriguing questions that are commanding international attention, and highlight the activities of schools taking the lead on these issues. Their interviews are accompanied by a collection of essays that summarize their work.
A panel discussion provides practical tips for integrating technology and social media into the learning environment. And we visit a high school in New Jersey where digital devices are becoming an increasingly important part of the school day, with positive results.