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What should students learn in the 21st century?

What should students learn in the 21st century?
By Charles FadelFounder & chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign Vice-chair of the Education committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)Visiting scholar, Harvard GSE, MIT ESG/IAP and Wharton/Penn CLO It has become clear that teaching skills requires answering “What should students learn in the 21st century?” on a deep and broad basis. Teachers need to have the time and flexibility to develop knowledge, skills, and character, while also considering the meta-layer/fourth dimension that includes learning how to learn, interdisciplinarity, and personalisation. Adapting to 21st century needs means revisiting each dimension and how they interact: Knowledge - relevance required: Students’ lack of motivation, and often disengagement, reflects the inability of education systems to connect content to real-world experience.

These Listening Activities for Middle School Students Help Build Important Skills Following Directions Activity One fun way to improve students’ listening skills is to give them directions and see if they can follow them. It sounds simple enough, as teachers give directions all the time in class, but these directions are to draw objects in the right space. To add more interest, turn it into a competition. All of the students who correctly draw the items from the oral directions can win candy or a small prize. Note: You will need the key that is included below. Steps to Listening and Drawing Correct Shapes These directions are to be given orally in class. Step 1: Turn your paper horizontally. After the students have finished drawing the star, square, circle and triangle, they need to trade papers. Students should check that the paper they are “grading” looks exactly like the paper on the screen. Also, if a student forgot to shade in the square or place a “happy face” in the circle, the student should also mark this wrong.

20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom The Current State Of Technology In K-12 7.62K Views 0 Likes What is the next device most students will soon purchase? How many schools have a digital strategy? Find out in the current state of technology in K-12. Pink's 6 Senses Biography of Daniel Pink Daniel H. Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about the changing world of work. His latest is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which uses 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offer a more effective path to high performance. Drive is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Publishers Weekly bestseller — as well as a national bestseller in Japan and the United Kingdom. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. Dan’s first book, Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself, was a Washington Post bestseller that Publishers Weekly says “has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations.”

Will Richardson: My Kids are Illiterate. Most Likely, Yours Are Too I'm a parent, and I'm not happy. My two kids go to "great" schools, they get great grades, and by all accounts they're very successful students. Unfortunately, they're illiterate. Right now, in their classrooms, they're not "designing and sharing information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes." Those are all key components of what the National Council of Teachers of English feels a "literate person" should be able to do right now. Yours? Let me be clear, I'm not at all bashing their teachers, who sincerely care about my children and want them to do well in school. As others suggest, it's time for another conversation around education to start in this country, but it's one that's not being co-opted by billionaires and media corporations with tons of bandwidth and little or no experience in real schools or real classrooms. Technology, specifically the Web, expands the learning opportunities our connected children and their teachers have.

Technology and Education | Box of Tricks The Digital Education Revolution, Cont'd: Meet TED-Ed's New Online Learning Platform - Megan Garber - Technology TED's new tool lets teachers create customized lessons that revolve around web video. The iconic image of high school education, forged for most of us through personal experience and viewings of Dead Poets Society, is this: a teacher, standing in front of his or her class, lecturing. There are exceptions, definitely: the class discussion, the interactive lab experiment, the game, the field trip. For the most part, though, despite years of education reform, we tend of think of education as a highly vertical experience, one of active teachers and passive students, one in which knowledge radiates out from a single speaker to a roomful of silent listeners. That model is changing, though, and quickly. Today, it's going a step further: TED-Ed is launching a suite of tools that allow teachers to design their own web-assisted curricula, complete with videos, comprehension-testing questions, and conversational tools. That's big. Video, unsurprisingly, is an important component of that toolbox.

Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age Think of sitting quietly in a spartan room. There are no TVs, computers, smartphones, books, magazines or music. If you’re like most people, this probably sounds like a recipe for boredom. In our culture, we avoid moments of “not-doing” because we don’t associate boredom with having any value. And our aversion to boredom and not-doing have been amplified in our hyper-connected age. It’s been said that the currency of the Net is attention. A torrent of stimulation is just a click or touchscreen away, ensuring that even the slightest trace of boredom can be mitigated through constant screen connectivity. Recent brain imaging studies reveal that sections of our brains are highly active during down time. According to a report from the University of California, San Diego, in 28 years — from 1980 to 2008 — our consumption of information increased 350 percent, while our downtime continues to shrink. Fractured Attention, Fractured Mind The Antidote: Mindfulness Mind Training in Schools Related

Are kids really motivated by technology? As a guy who delivers two-day #edtech workshops during my breaks from full-time classroom teaching, I’m often asked the same questions again and again: How can teachers use technology to motivate students? What digital tools do kids like best? My answer often catches participants by surprise: You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools. While you may be completely jazzed by the interactive whiteboard in your classroom or the wiki that you just whipped up, your kids could probably care less. Need proof? Early in my technology integration efforts, I set up a blog for my students, introduced it excitedly to every class, and proceeded to get exactly zero posts in the first two months of its existence despite my near-constant begging and pleading. But they weren’t, and my grand blogging experiment died before it ever really began.

The LanguagesResources Blog What Is PBL Really? Do you want to engage your students in Project Based Learning (PBL)? Maybe you are asking yourself what is PBL really? Am I doing it right? Well, first of all, the most important thing to understand is that PBL is a construct made up by human beings and so there are lots of variations! My suggestion is to study many of the great resources that are available to you and then create your own working definition and effective PBL practice. Some Parameters to Consider I have created this diagram, enhanced by the critical eye of Brenda Sherry, which may be useful as you consider what is important to you and to your students. We like to think with the frame of continua rather than dichotomies simply because things are rarely on or off, black or white, ones or zeroes! You could likely add other dimensions to consider as you build your own understandings and beliefs! Trust Who is in control? Questioning Who is asking the question to be investigated in the project? Collaboration Content Knowledge Purpose

Survival of the Fitting: 10 important trends to survive Digital Darwinism inShare451 Digital Darwinism is a phenomenon when technology and society evolve faster than the ability to adapt. And, it threatens rigid and traditional practices everywhere. It’s no longer just survival of the fittest, but also survival of the fitting. Businesses must earn relevance and to do so requires much more than adoption of the latest technologies or launching endeavors in the latest social or app flavor of the month. Indeed, this post requires not only your pinterest, but your dedication and creativity. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer for a moment. To survive Digital Darwinism takes understanding of course, but more importantly, it takes leadership…it takes courage. These 10 principles serve as the framework for an adaptable business model where opportunities are readily assessed and innovation is regularly practiced. Vision: The stated outlook of organizational direction needs review. Culture: This is a time of change, which requires coalescence and solidarity.

Have You Mastered 21st Century Teaching Skills? Susan L. Davis blogs for Voices from the Learning Revolution and Getting Smart, where this post first appeared on August 23. The back-to-school flurry has begun. Teachers all around you are decorating bulletin boards, organizing their gradebooks, and collaborating on which ice-breaker games to use with their advisories. Your administration has prepared you well for the coming year. But have you mastered the 21st century skills every teacher should know? 1. Do you pop your topic into your preferred search engine and skim the first page of responses for something that looks good enough – just like our students do? Do you know how to conduct a “clean” search that doesn’t predict what it thinks you are looking for based on your past searches? If you found yourself stuck on the first question, here are some resources to help you get back up to speed. Alan November is the guru of all things related to Information Literacy, if anyone can claim that title. 2. 3. 4. My Point About the author

As a teacher I struggle with teaching the meta layer, especially when it comes to transferring their learning to other areas. This past year, I’ve been connecting their learning for them but that’s me just telling them. I want them to apply it. by kimberlyng Jun 5

This is an interesting blog post about the areas of managing as a 21st Century learner - knowledge, skills, behaviour (character) and meta-layer. Read the post to explore these four areas. by janeschmude Apr 25

Yes its great. THe notion of teaching or developing character in Higher Ed is interesting isnt it. And the meta layer is full of lots of different things that may need teasing out. by susie_mac Aug 22

I like the breakdown into 4 areas: knowledge, skills, behaviour and "meta-layer". kp by krispaterson Aug 22