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21st Century Skills

The Global Search for Education: Teacher Education

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The 21st century "movement" refers to the redefining of the goals of education and how learning is organized in order to meet the demands of the 21s...

Becoming a Global Kid: Stories of Change

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

Through a special project documenting the stories and experiences of 25 of our alumni who now range in age from 19 - 43, I am hearing of the profound impact of our collective work at Global Kids over the years.

New Currency for Educators: Time

Rob Furman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

So one of the first things you hear about when discussing 21st-century skills is collaboration. The idea of working together to better the experience ...

Is Information a 21st Century Value?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 02.24.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

A few years back, I came across a fascinating article about the impact that the Internet has had on the way that people read. The author, Nicholas Car...

Computer Science Is Not a Foreign Language

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 02.20.2014 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Allowing computer science to replace foreign language credits may actually hinder a student's ability to get into competitive colleges that are increasingly requiring students to have taken two to three years of a foreign language in high school.

Creativity and Science: The Perfect Couple

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 04.20.2014 | Science
Jayme Cellitioci

Alongside a national agenda to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) literacy, there is a parallel track of growing attention being placed on creativity.

Make a New Year's Resolution to Learn a New Professional Skill

Danny Groner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Danny Groner

ReadWrite's Lauren Orsini provides an excellent summary of how, in 2013, more people flocked to Web-based resources to learn the basics to coding. Not...

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

The Global Search for Education: Japan

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Many consider Japanese primary and junior secondary level education to be exceptional, yet Manabu Sato believes the quality of his country's senior secondary and higher education is questionable.

15 Apps, Games, and Sites to Start the School Year Right

Common Sense Media | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

From letter writing and counting to quadratic equations and the water cycle, these enriching activities help kids build a range of essential academic and 21st-century skills -- and have fun at the same time!

Congress' Chance to Help Students Get 21st Century Skills

Jennifer Peck | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Peck

At the local level, it has become increasingly clear that as states, districts, and schools are raising standards and increasing their focus on graduating students that are prepared for college and careers, there is a need to build capacity within the education system.

Soft Skills Are 'Hard As a Rock'

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Lydia Dobyns

I must admit I'm perplexed about the controversy over whether so-called "soft skills" such as work ethic, collaboration and critical thinking should be taught in school. This debate should be a non-starter. What's so soft about skills valued by Fortune 500 companies?

The Common Core is Only the Beginning of How U.S. Schools Need to Change

Jennifer Davis | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Davis

While the Common Core State Standards in two subjects represent a groundbreaking step forward, we cannot wait another twenty years for American schools to focus on the broader subjects and skills that are necessary to prepare students for success in our changing world.

Can Massive Open Online Courses Make Up for an Outdated K-12 Education System?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Dr. Keith Devlin

Other than standard high school mathematics, the only real prerequisite for my course is knowing how to learn. That ability is, as Sir Ken and many others have observed, the one thing above all that schools should be developing in their students.

21st Century Education Is the Way Forward

John Thomas | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
John Thomas

We are asking far more out of students and teachers than we have ever asked before. Together, we will help our children develop the confidence and competence they need to face the new world head-on.

Let's Truly Assess 21st Century Skills!

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

Many teachers are being called to teach these skills, and don't know how to. I've done many workshops with teachers to arm them with these skills. However, there is one issue that seems to be a roadblock for true implementation: assessment.

A '21st Century' Education Is SO Last Century

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's empty phraseology designed to sound like we are preparing for the future when we are already living in that future; and no one believes that what passes for a typical classroom today will be the classroom experience even 10 years from now, let alone for the next 87 years.

Businesses Can Create a Better Economy by Teaching More Than Job Skills

Michael Haberman | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Michael Haberman

Over the last few months, I've participated in several conferences all exploring the same issue--how business can help improve our public education system.

The Global Search for Education: Education Technology

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

EdTechTeacher will host the first national iPads in education summit, bringing together educators, researchers, tech directors, principals, school leaders and industry partners to identify best practices for integrating iPads into education.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

K-12 Educators: Get Your Kids Involved in the Presidential Election Through Engage2012.Org

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 11.21.2012 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

If we want to know what voters are really thinking about the issues facing the presidential candidates, ask the kids. They always tell it like it is.

From Liberal Arts to Technology: Making the Switch

Pietro Rea | Posted 11.13.2012 | Technology
Pietro Rea

Even if you pick the right technology and learn everything you need to learn, hiring you still represents a huge risk. If you have no relevant experience, how does the employer know you are as good as you say you are?

Preparing Children to Be Successful in the Only Test That Really Matters: Life

Tony Zini | Posted 11.10.2012 | Education
Tony Zini

We have to equip students for a world that does not exist. We can't prepare them for the world of tomorrow because we have no idea what it will look like!

The Social Century

Ming Holden | Posted 09.02.2012 | Media
Ming Holden

Anne-Marie Slaughter's son's early adolescence was proof of the fact that humans under the age of 18 are absolutely in need of guidance. No doubt about that. But they're also in need of a voice.

Getting Young People Excited about STEM? There's an App for That

JD Hoye | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
JD Hoye

How do we engage America's young people in STEM and equip them with a solid foundation in the subjects and technologies that will power the economy of the 21st century? The answer of the moment: apps.