21st Century Skills

The term “21st-century skills” is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today’s world. In a broader sense, however, the idea of what learning in the 21st century should look like is open to interpretation—and controversy.

This infographic by University of Phoenix details the Top 10 skills needed to succeed in the 21st Century workplace, as well as some insight on how best to acquire them. Take a look… and see if your coursework, extra-curricular activities, internships and volunteer assignments are helping you develop these must-have skills:

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Blended Learning

Like any other great blend, Education Elements believes blended learning works because it combines two things in a way that makes each better than they are on their own: teachers’ talent and technology tools. Blended learning allows teachers to do what they do best – work directly and closely with individual students and small groups – by harnessing the adaptive power and precision of technology.

The best blended learning approaches use technology to:

* help each student master the content and skills they need,
* allow teachers to get the most out of their planning and
*instructional time, and streamline operations with costs similar to
or less than – traditional schooling.

The result of smart blended learning is richer and deeper interactions between teachers and students (and between students themselves) than in traditional classrooms. Integrating technology and teaching allows students to fully master content and skills, and at the pace that’s right for them.

Think about it this way: an average classroom sets a “speed limit” for the class – bounded by grade-level standards and assessments – making it hard for some kids to catch up and holding others from moving ahead when they’re ready. But blended learning revs up students’ learning velocity, allowing them to go further and faster.

Assessment for Learning

Assessment for learning is becoming increasingly important. It plays a major role in how students learn, their motivation to learn and how teachers teach.

Clearly, the way that students learn is changing and it continues to do so. Schools are adopting new methods of discovery based, problem based and challenged based learning to engage learners and provide them with valuables 21st Century Skills.

Because of that, assessment procedures will have to support the next generation in acquiring the skills and values they will need to manage emerging global challenges, such as teamwork, problem-solving and the ability to manage their own learning. The challenge for assessment will be to reflect new emerging educational priorities.

So then, the emphasis has changed from assessing students purely to provide a tool to improve the whole learning experience.

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The 21st Century Classroom

In the global networked environment of 21st Century, students need to learn academic content through real-world examples, applications and experiences, both inside and outside of school. They understand and retain more when their learning is relevant, engaging and meaningful to their lives.

Consequently, educators should incorporate the lastest research in cognition, technology and so many others areas to make the classroom a vibrant center of learning where all students have a change to access tools that help them learn. Students use technology all the time in their lives, therefore, it is important to improve schools where learners are illuminated, enthusiastic and empowered.

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        Just a few data…

  • 91% of teachers have computers in the classroom, yet only 20% think they have the right level of technology in the classroom,
  • More than half of all (U.S) colleges surveyed say their biggest priority is upgrading their Wi-Fi infrastructure,
  • College campuses saw a 60% increase in mobile devices in the previous year,
  • Gamification of the classroom – 43% of teachers surveyed have used online games in the classroom, and
  • 29% of teachers use online social networks, while 80% of college professors do so.

By youngupstarts.com