As more and more classrooms embrace the idea of 21st century learning and target how these skills can be used to enrich classroom content, we thought it would be beneficial to build a list of examples and resources to help inspire teachers and professional development leaders.
We are asking you to share your knowledge in building these list through three separate threads - one for each of the 21st Century Strings (1) Learning and Innovation (2) Information, Media, and Technology Skills, and (3) Life and Career Skills.
Here is what we’re looking for:
More detailed information on the Life and Career specific skills can be found at the Partnership of 21st Century Skills.
To keep this discussion fresh and focused, we will challenge you with a specific set of the 21st Century skills for you to share your resources, so be sure to bookmark this discussion and come back often.
Flexibility and Adaptability
Adapt to Change
Initiative and Self-Direction
Manage Goals and Time
Social and Cross-Cultural Skills (July 31 - August 14)
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Leadership and Responsibility
What a great idea! So many kids these days are so caught up in gaming technology, but don't use it much in real-life situations. Having an electronic planner is a wonderful way to help students become or stay organized. I work on an "electronic campus", but sadly enough many students don't even know how to register for classes electronically. Having them use/update an electronic organizer would be very beneficial.
I don't have a resource to share- but I wonder if anyone uses gaming to teach students about flexibility and adaptability? By using various games or scenarios students would need to learn to react to situations thus simulating real life. What are your thoughts or resources on this?
Julia, when I was in the classroom I used a "game" from the Palm Beach Public Library web site called "Mousercise". Here is the link: http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm I used it with my kindergartners, but also with the older kids. At the end there were some great thinking games. Not sure if that's what you have in mind, but it's a great site.
There are lots of games that are great for brain development. Here is a link to some games that develop all the different parts of the brain.
Name: First Then app
21st Century SKill: Self-direction and independence
Type: Mobile app
Description: This app is generally used for special ed students particularly with autism but it is an organizing/scheduling tool to put in a visual schedule with auditory input. It can be customizable. The cost is $9.99. For many of our students it is a much more socially acceptable scheduling tool where the student or adult can easily make changes or adjustments as needed but a life long skill for the student.
The Business and Computer Apps teacher at Warrensburg Middle School has an awesome unit where students design their own business-- from the logo, to the letterhead, and even use Google SketchUp to design the building. The students put all of their info on their own web page, too-- makes for a great learning experience. Check it out: http://www.warrensburgr6.org/thoward
Clear expectations and goal setting are so important especially when you are integrating 21st Century Skills in the classroom. It is important for students to make the connection to real world applications and know the value of why they are asked to do something. If activities and or assignments are tied in to something they can find value in, it will help them learn how to be more self directive.
I found this resource that seems pretty hlepful for teens: http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/
I LOVE this website. The writing guide is a wonderful resource for students struggling with writing. At the college level, I am amazed at the number of students who struggle with writing a paper correctly. My daughter was lucky enough to have had a wonderful English IV Honors teacher. Obviously, not everyone is that lucky.