21st Century Skills

The 21st Century Partnership initiative identified a framework to help schools prepare students for success in the 21st century through the use of educational technologies to help create student centered lessons that required critical thinking skills at its core.

As you review the 21st Century Partnership Web site, think about the question, what does a 21st century curriculum look like in my classroom with my students?
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With every position or idea there is an opposing idea or position. One such opposition is the focus on core skills/knowledge over critical thinking.

Review the resources below

Questions to Consider

  • What is important about integrating 21st century skills into your teaching?
  • What is important about core knowledge and student learning?
  • What do you need to be aware when integrating both core knowledge and 21st century skills into your teaching and content area?


Brown, J.S. (2000, April). Growing up Digital. USDLA Journal, 16(2).

Digital tools for digital students. (2007). Apple Education.

Educational Technology Fact Sheet. (2006). Department of Education.

Levin, D. & Arafeh, S. (2002). The Digital Disconnect: The Widening Gap Between Internet-Savvy Students and their Schools. DC: Pew Internet & American Life Project.

NEA Foundation for the Improvvement of Education (2000). Connecting the Bits

NCREL (2003). enGauge 21st Century Skills: Literacy in the Digital Age. Naperville, IL: NCREL.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2003). Learning for the 21st Century and a newer report on Assessment of 21st Century Skills: The Current Landscape

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