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Title: Module 6 21st Century Skills

Module 6 - 21st Century Skills
  • Discuss rationale for teaching and learning 21st
    Century Skills
  • Provide process for looking more closely at
    Iowas 21st Century Skills
  • Examine 21st Century instruction

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Characteristics of the 21st Century Learner . .
  • . . . will use technologies that havent been
  • to do jobs that dont exist.
  • . . . networked
  • . . . multi-tasker
  • . . . digitally literate
  • . . . craves interactivity
  • . . . strong visual-spatial skills
  • . . . tethered to the Internet
  • . . . wants to learn things that matter
  • . . . wants to be challenged to reach own

Looking deeper at . . . . . . digital literacy
. . .
  • information creation
  • innovation
  • activism
  • global citizenship
  • responsibility
  • Born Digital Understanding the First
    Generation of Digital Natives Palfrey and
    Gasser, 2008

Why 21st Century Skills?
  • Growing consensus that schools need to be
    accountable for more than basic academics.
  • Creativity is as important in education as
    literacy, and we should treat it with the same
    status. -Sir Ken Robinson, 2006
  • The top 10 jobs for 2010 werent even created in
  • - Diana G. Oblinger, President
  • Leads to reframing instructional practice
    perhaps change structure of our schools

The Global Achievement Gap
  • Our teens leave school equipped to work only in
    the kinds of jobs that are fast disappearing from
    the American economy.
  • Why even our best schools dont teach the new
    survival skills our children need and what we
    can do about it.
  • -Tony Wagner, 2008
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

Seven Survival Skills for Teens Today(Global
Achievement Gap, 2008 by Tony Wagner)
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Collaboration
  • Agility and adaptability
  • Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Accessing and analyzing information
  • Curiosity and imagination

Connections in Iowa
  • Integrating 21st century skills into teaching
    and assessment, then, is not only an economic
    imperative, driven by changes in the workforce,
    but a vital aspect of improving student
  • Measuring Skills for the 21st
    Century, 2008 - Silva

21st Century Skills
  • Iowa legislature defined 21st Century Skills as
  • Financial literacy
  • Health literacy
  • Technology literacy
  • Civic literacy
  • Employability skills
  • Essential concepts and skills are complex
  • Will require a deep understanding by educators
  • Structure of schooling will need to be
    re-examined by all stakeholders

Cross Walk Process 21st Century Skills Work
  • Developed after thorough investigation
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills - 7th state
    to join this initiative
  • enGauge - McRel
  • SCANS - original report in 1990s
  • Contextually related national standards

21st Century Skills and Instruction
  • Video clip The Blood Project
  • 1. What 21st century skills are evident in this
  • 2. What are students/teachers doing that
  • supports 21st century learning?
  • 3. What characteristics of effective
    instruction are illustrated?

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From video exampleInstruction for 21st Century
  • Relevant to student outside the classroom
  • Student is highly engaged
  • Student has a choice and voice in his/her
  • Student takes ownership for own learning
  • Includes higher order thinking - creativity and
  • Learning tasks elicit evidence of learning

21st Century Learners
  • Video clip Dollars and Sense
  • Math and Financial Literacy
  • Charter School in Chicago
  • 1. What 21st Century Skills essential concepts
    and skill sets do you see?
  • What contributes to the level of student
  • Which characteristics of effective instruction
    are illustrated?
  • Think about possible connections to outcomes of
    the implementation plan.

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Supporting Instruction of 21st Century Skills
  • Educator professional development
  • 21st century instruction
  • Authentic assessments
  • Collaboration
  • Among teachers and students
  • Community
  • High expectations
  • Each and every student
  • Educators
  • Community

Supporting Instruction of 21st Century
Skills (continued)
  • Expect a changing school environment
  • Project-based learning
  • Time allocation
  • Student ownership of learning
  • Technology
  • Tool for learning
  • Breadth of options
  • Community connections

School wide classroom focus
District Focus
Classroom Focus
  • Where are 21st Century Skills being addressing?
  • At what depth are they being addressed?
  • Which 21st Century Skills are not being
    adequately addressed?
  • How might we restructure programs to ensure 21st
    Century Skills are adequately addressed?
  • What 21st Century Skills am I addressing in my
  • At what depth are they being addressed?
  • How do I know students are getting it?
  • How do I restructure my class and instructional
    activities to increase learning of the 21st
    Century Skills?

Some possibilities
  • Lens of 21st Century Skills
  • Using 21st Century Skills handouts
  • Inventory
  • Focus on Employability essential concepts
  • Select a unit of study that is currently taught
  • Explicit instruction/assumed understanding
  • How is this assessed?
  • Share findings from inventory

Other questions to consider
  • How will we operationalize the concepts embedded
    in the 21st century skills?
  • What might we expect as evidence that students
    have learned the skills?
  • How will our teachers collaborate to determine
    alignment of learning experiences to these
  • To what depth (level of cognitive complexity)
    will be expect the skills to be evidenced? Will
    we need rubrics? Quadrant D lesson assessments?

Some creative possibilities
  • Identify creative approaches to ensure each and
    every student in your school is learning the 21st
    century skills.
  • Share out . . .

Possibilities for incorporating 21st Century
Skills . . .
  • Project based learning
  • School-wide projects where students explore
  • Internships
  • Student driven action research projects
  • Authentic service learning
  • Creative alignment of educators
  • Other . . . .

A Final Thought . . .
  • It is a world in which comfort with ideas and
    abstractions is the passport to a good job, in
    which creativity and innovation are the key to
    the good life, in which high levels of education
    - a very different kind of education than most of
    us have had - are going to be the only security
    there is.
  • -New Commission on the Skills of the American
    Workforce, 2006

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