21st Century Skills Jason McLaughlin Kean University EMSE 2801-02
Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes • English, reading or language arts • World languages • Arts • Mathematics • Economics • Science • Geography • History • Government and Civics Subjects • Global Awareness • Financial Literacy • Civic Literacy • Health Literacy • Environmental Literacy Interdisciplinary Themes
Learning from and working collaboratively with those who represent different cultures • Understanding other nations and cultures Global Awareness Non-English speaking cultures a plus
Knowing how to make appropriate and personal economic choices • Understanding the role of the economy in society • Using entrepreneurial skills to enhance productivity and career options Financial Literacy Economic , Business, and Entrepreneurial Skills
Knowing how to stay informed and understanding governmental processes • Exercising the rights and obligations of citizenship at all levels • Understanding the implications of civic decisions Civic Literacy Local, State, National, and Global levels
Understanding basic health information and services while using them to enhance health • Understanding preventative health measures • Using available information to make health-related decisions • Establishing personal and family health goals • Understanding public health and safety issues Health Literacy • Proper Diet • Nutrition • Exercise • Risk Avoidance • Stress Reduction
Knowledge and understanding of the environment and the conditions affecting it • Knowledge and understanding of society’s impact on the natural world • Investigate and analyze environmental issues • Take action towards addressing environmental challenges Environmental Literacy • Population growth and development • Resource consumption
High-quality standardized tests • Classroom formative and summative assessments • Technology-enhanced assessments to measure mastery of skills • Development of portfolios of student work that shows a mastery of 21st Century Skills 21st Century Assessment Did we see any of these assessments in our classroom visits?
Instruction Provide opportunities to apply skills across content areas Innovative learning methods Technology based Inquiry & problem based approaches Higher order thinking skills Curriculum • Skills discretely in the context of core subjects and interdisciplinary themes • Integration of community resources Curriculum and Instruction
Direct instruction and project-oriented teach methods • Identify learning styles, intelligences, strengths and weaknesses • Encourages knowledge sharing among communities Professional Development Did we see any of these methods in our classroom visits?
Educators collaborate their best practices • Project-based and applied work lessons • Access to quality resources and technologies Learning Environments Did we see any of these environments in our classroom visits?
What are the Four C’s? • Critical Thinking • Communication • Collaboration • Creativity Learning and Innovation Skills The skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not.
Adapt to change • Be flexible • Manage goals and time • Work independently • Be self-directed learners • Interact effectively with others • Work effectively in diverse teams • Manage projects • Produce results • Guide and lead others • Be responsible to others Life and Career Skills Students need more than just content knowledge.
Information Literacy • Access information efficiently and effectively • Evaluate information critically and competently • Use information accurately and creatively • Manage a flow of information from a wide variety of sources Information, Media, and Technology Skills • Media Literacy • Understand how and why media messages are constructed, and for what purpose • Examine how individuals interpret media • How different points of view are considered? • How media influences behavior? • Technology Literacy • Technology as a tool to organize, evaluate, and communicate information • Use of digital technologies and social media
What does this mean for future educators? In New Jersey, the current goals are: To help students understand, connect to and act on critical global issues by integrating 21st century perspectives into curricula in all Core Curriculum Content Standards areas To connect student acquisition of international literacies to real world experiences both in New Jersey and beyond state and national borders To enhance teacher capacity for 21st century teaching excellence through pre-serviceeducation, professional development and opportunities for exchange and study abroad
In Conclusion… Do you feel prepared to handle the 21st Century Skill set?
References: P21. Partnership for 21st Century Skills. 2011. 13 October 2012. http://www.p21.org/ "Life and Career Education in the 21st Century." n.d.New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. 14 October 2012. http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/standards/9/9.pdf "21st Century Skills." n.d.Wikipedia. 14 October 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_Century_Skills Ruddiman, Joan. Make 21st Century Skills Come Alive. Trenton, September 2009. Online Article. http://www.njea.org/news-and-publications/njea-review/september-2009/make-21st-century-skills-come-alive