19 Replies Latest reply on Oct 19, 2009 6:19 PM by glen_w

    Want to Talk to the Author? Intro- Charles Fadel on 21st C skills

      Hi All,

      I would like to indroduce a friend and colleague of mine Charles Fadel. Charles recently published a book on 21st Century skills (we are discussing it in the "book" sections of the engage community). I invited Charles into our community so that you all could have direct access to ask him questions.

       

      Charles- I will start the discussion off- What inspired you to write this book?

       

      Thanks for joining us!

      Paige

       

      PS-

      the link to information on Charle's new book is http://www.21stcenturyskillsbook.com/index.php

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          Hello Paige and Intel Teach community,

           

          Paige, we had all worked pretty hard at P21 under your inspirational leadership to create the framework and its details, and there are both good background materials and numerous white papers on www.21stcenturyskills.org/route21.  I strongly felt however, and Bernie my co-author and friend wholeheartedly agreed, that we were missing a synthetic and illustrative view that was accessible to specialists and generalists alike, and in particular focusing on the "How".  And there was a dearth of books on the topic...  so we found a publisher, and "just did it".

           

          The book treats the "Why" and "What" as well, of course, but we felt that "How" was the most pressing and recurring question we would get from enthusiasts and skeptics alike, so we responded throughout the book, and its accompanying DVD - which btw showcases great classroom examples. We believe that teachers, parents, administrators, and policymakers will find it an informative and necessary read (and my daughter reminds me that she wishes more was done about skills in college too).

           

          Please feel free to propagate the book's URL to friends and family:  http://www.21stcenturyskillsbook.com/index.php    [so, given that this is Intel after all, I'll allow myself a techie joke: "Go forth and multiply/accumulate" (yes, microprocessor lingo, what can I say, I betray my past  ;-)  enjoy the Wordle rendition too].  The transformation will succeed through the diligence and dedication of each one of you !

           

          Thank you for your hard work and your enthusiasm for the cause,

          Charles

           

          PS:  Note that the DVD was generously produced through funding from the Pearson Foundation, and it is a testimony to the open-mindedness of the publishers on both sides that we have a Pearson DVD in a Wiley book  :-)  thereby illustrating Collaboration - a 21st century skill - at its finest.  Education has this self-transcendental quality, doesn' it ? and we the authors are donating more than half the proceeds to non-profits, with the rest is used to defray our costs such as web site etc.

            • Re: Want to Talk to the Author? Intro- Charles Fadel on 21st C skills
              glen_w

              Charles,

               

              What a fantastic book title and concept. As one who has tried to forward the concept of 21st Century Skills in my school and district I am impressed! The Table of Contents shows a great idea of the breadth of the thinking behind the book. After reading this Table of Contents, I was so impressed that I quickly stopped what I was doing and sent a tweet via Twitter to my tweeple. I included a shortened link and reference to the book! I have downloaded and am excited to read the excerpt from Part One.

               

              I was also excited to hear how you got Pearson and Wiley publishing to collaborate in producing the book and DVD. I appreciate that as authors you are donating such a large portion of your proceeds.

               

              I'm interested in hearing what online tool you have found most helpful for you personally.

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                  Glen,

                   

                  Thank you very much for the kind and encouraging words.  The validation from expert practitioners like you is the best proof and confidence-booster we can ever get  :-)

                   

                  I hope that once you read the book you will feel compelled to write a review for it on Amazon - that, in its own way, will also help the cause.

                   

                  Regarding "most helpful online tool", I have to say webconferencing, which I use profusely.  I work from anywhere in the world, and it is invaluable that way.  Also, it helps reduce my carbon footprint.  What is yours ?

                   

                  Best,

                  Charles

                    • Re: Want to Talk to the Author? Intro- Charles Fadel on 21st C skills
                      glen_w

                      Charles,

                       

                      I thought I responded to you and found I had not. Sorry for the delay.

                       

                      I use webconferencing tools a lot myself. Mostly these are done with fellow Intel Trainers. I am hard pressed to determine my 1 favorite web 2.0 tool. I'd guess it probably is Google Docs. Coming in a VERY close second is Twitter - I find I am often challenged in my thinking by those I follow and I get many ideas from those who follow me. I enjoy the opportunities it provides me to help develop myself professionally as well as help others know what tools they might use with their students.

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                    lsrdhunter@msn.com

                        I would like to thank Paige Johnson for arranging this great opportunity. 

                    Welcome to our community, Charles.  I just looked your book up on http://books.google.com. This web site lists your table of contents and a short sample from your book.  After reading the sample,  I can’t wait to pick up a copy for myself.  Looks like a must read for every educator.  

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                    NaomiHarm

                    I was so excited to see this post on 21st skills and a related book and author to compliment the entire package.  I have since earned a 21st Century affiliation for WI with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and am always looking for a motivating book to engage my adult learners to make immediate connections with 21st century skills that are relevant and apply practical applications to teaching and learning.  I think the book would be a great adult lit circle and a great talking piece to connect with the newest courses of Intel Teach Elements: PBA and 21st Century Assessments.

                     

                    Charles I head up the Wisconsin state technology and library media conference as the appointed technology director on the board and run the online PD for WEMTA www.wemta.org. Would you be interested in being a guest speaker through our online portal to talk about 21st skills, assessments, teach and learning best practices and of course... your book? We use the tool of Go2Meeting and the online PD is about a one hour webinar.  I would be interested in connecting with you further to bring you to WI to have you present as an author and on 21st century skills presentations for WEMTA 2011.  Would this even interest you?

                     

                    Thank you Paige for introducing Charles to our dynamic group of learners, and Charles for sharing your experience with our online community.  I will be seeking out to purchase your book to day!

                     

                    Have a great weekend everyone!

                     

                    Naomi Harm

                    innovativeeducator@gmail.com

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                      holmesg

                      Hello Charles, thank you for addressing the group.  As you may already know, the members of this group have adopted and are working with teachers on integrating 21 century skills into the curriculum.  Many are well read and familiar with a large number of web 2.0 tools.  However the problem in many schools is lack of access to the free online tools because of filters. What is your advice for convincing technicians to relinquish the tight hold on servers and blocks preventing students and teachers alike from accessing the available "free" tools?

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                          Hello Gail,

                           

                          IT departments oscillate between benevolence and dictatorship, depending on their fears.  Anything that can potentially cause them headaches is shunned because, after all, why get fired over Twitter ?  and they often are understaffed...

                           

                          I do not have transcendental advice besides simply befriending one of them, showing her/him how the app would work (and not break the system), and how that would add to the classroom.  Throw in a petition from several teachers, a letter from the Sup'  and a few cans of Red Bull - that should do the trick.

                           

                          Best,

                          Charles

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                          tdiener

                          Charles,

                           

                          Welcome to the Engage Community!

                           

                          I look forward to reading your book. Glad to hear you're a fan of webinars. I've recently become an Elluminate fan.

                           

                          One question, are you familar with Common Core. That group has been the subject of other discussions here. Any insight you can give us about your reaction the this group's mission would be appreciated.

                           

                          Tom

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                              Thanks for the welcome, Thomas.

                               

                              Elluminate ?  eeeeek  ;-)  Cisco owns webex....  but personally, I am fascinated by what Google wave might mean.  Check it out !

                               

                              The Common Core discussion is handled by P21 so I will not comment - at least not yet  ;-)

                               

                              Best,

                              Charles

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                                Hi Thomas

                                I will give you my *personal* opinion on the common core standards (note to our lawyers- the views in this posting do not reflect the position or the opinions of Intel Corporation nor P21 ) Note to Thomas- Charles has some very interesting personal opinions on the standards- if you are ever in Boston I encourage you to meet him for a glass of wine and I am sure you can get them out of him

                                 

                                I think the concept of having common standards makes sense- especially if they are GOOD standards. The design specs of the standards include that they need to internationally benchmarked for rigor, based on what the research says is good practice and supportive of 21st Century skills in addition to content knowledge. If the content experts can create standards to meet those design specification and all states adopt them, then the REAL work begins. Common standards will allow better collaboration between states on very expensive development projects (e.g. shared data systems, assessment development and content development). The goal is to scale educational rigor and improvement. Standardization does not guarantee success of scaling but it is an important first step.

                                 

                                Anyone can make comments on the current drafts of the standards. I would encourage educators to make their voices heard by submitting comments ot process. See the email from Gene and Dane below for more details on the process and how to submit feedback

                                 

                                 

                                Colleagues:

                                 

                                Due to your interest and involvement in the Common Core State Standards Initiative, we wanted to provide you some updates on the work.

                                 

                                In July the first draft of the college- and career-readiness standards were shared with the common core project feedback groups, governors, and chief state school officers. They submitted their feedback on the standards to CCSSO and the NGA Center last week. We received a large volume of good feedback from states and other experts, which the Standards Development Work Group, composed of content experts from Achieve, ACT, and the College Board (click here for membership), is beginning to review now. The work group will make modifications to the standards documents based on research or evidence that such changes reflect what students need for success in college and careers.

                                 

                                In order to accommodate a thoughtful and thorough review of the feedback, CCSSO and the NGA Center have made adjustments to our internal work plan in order to consider feedback on the first draft of the standards. We plan to post the revised public draft of the college- and career-readiness standards on the Initiative’s site www.corestandards.org in mid-September. Instructions will be posted on the site regarding how to submit feedback on the standards, and a 30-day comment period will be available.

                                 

                                If you have any questions, please visit www.corestandards.org or e-mail commonstandards@ccsso.org.

                                 

                                Regards,

                                 

                                Gene Wilhoit, CCSSO

                                Dane Linn, NGA Center

                              • Re: Want to Talk to the Author? Intro- Charles Fadel on 21st C skills
                                dgoodman_1958

                                Welcome Charles!

                                 

                                So glad to have you here in our community and sharing your great wisdom with us.  I look forward to reading your book and gaining a few more insights into 21st century skills.  Thanks for joining us.

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                                  dgoodman_1958

                                  Thanks Paige for introducing us to your friend Charles.