21st Century Info

This is a page that will be growing with twenty first century information. Please be sure to read the background philosophy and check out any links to important research and information. Enjoy your journey as you uncover the need and become more familiar with 21st century education.

Twenty-first Century Skills - Their Research With My Reflection

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Above image is embedded from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

The Partner For Twenty First Century Skills provides a rainbow which sets a framework for 21st century education. I could reexplain it here, or just send you to the horse's mouth. Check out this great page of information. Note that the foundation of the rainbow includes proper learning environments, professional development, curricular instruction, and standards/assessment. The green section the content areas of the core subjects with an aim towards rigor, relevancy, and connections using 21st century themes. The red, yellow, and purple areas represent the 21st century skills that are developed using the core curriculum. Be sure to check of this list of 21st Century Skills and their included links for an in depth study from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Below You will find my own thoughts on transforming the curriculum with 21st century skills.In this diagram I have attempted to illustrate how technology, real world application, and educational innovation must be included for transformation to occur. The foundation of real learning must include PD, positive learning culture, resources, assessment, and planning that is student centered. Through this, the adopted standards for core subject areas are transformed into authentic learning as 21st century skill development is used to facilitate core and high level understanding of content, its application, and its connection to the real world and other disciplines. A result of this includes those important 21st century skills advocated to insure success in a global future.


Keeping Kids In The Twenty- First Century Engagement Zone

It seems that today a key word in 21st Century Learning is Engagement. The above diagram illustrates the work a teacher must do in keeping students engaged. There must be a constant balance that assesses student ability and aligns it with curricular expectation and challenges. When students are not provided proper guidance and facilitation by the teacher, the challenges of mastering content and skills may lead to a frustration level. If content is too easy, redundant, and provides no challenge; students may become apathetic to learning. It is the teachers duty to attempt to facilitate learning through such methods as PBL, differentiation, appropriate integration of technology, and relevant content application. In doing so, students should spend most of their learning hours in the engagement zone!

Revising Bloom Makes Sense In The Twenty-First Century

Above content is based on research by: L.W. Anderson, D. R. Krathwohl, eds, A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (New York: Allyn-Bacon Longman, 2001).

Take a moment and head on over to this link based on this important Bloom Revision. You will note that while the words have changed to verbs,t and the top two steps are somewhat different, the biggest change is the flow through the hierarchy. In Bloom's original taxonomy it was stated that one must go through each step to reach the top. These steps could not be skipped, and in fact each step depended on the prior. In the revision by Anderson and Krathwohl, it is suggested that there is no dependency on prior skills to build higher skills. In fact, the research pointed out that it was beneficial to learning if students practiced at more then one level at the same time. This ideas becomes important in reference to 21st Century Skill facilitation and Project Based Learning.

Teaching in the 20 Century Classroom As Compared To 21st Century: (Things To Think About)

In the space below you will find the differences that need to be considered between 20th and 21st classroom teaching styles. The methods used are essential for 21st century education and preparing students for their future. You will find further explanation to this (21st Century Learning Balance (21st Century Skills :Tilling and Fadel) in the book 21st Century Skills (Learning For Life In Our Time) .



What Are The Top 21st century Skills - Check Out This Graph!