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21st Century Skills

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Students abroad who engage in these experiences are learning to become scientists, researchers, and innovators. U.S. students will fall behind if they continue to spend their time perfecting the art of choosing one answer out of five -- a skill they will never use in the real world -- rather than engaging in more useful work.

The Global Search for Education: Head, Heart, Soul, and Frankenstein

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education thought leaders around the world speak to the need for more innovative projects like the workshop being done this week at Teacher's College. To find out more, I reached out to the visiting teachers, students and leaders.

To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Ignored by our current education policies are the facts that one in four American children lives below the poverty line and a growing number are homeless, without regular access to food or health care, and stressed by violence and drug abuse around them. Educators now spend a great deal of their time trying to help children and families in their care manage these issues, while they also seek to close skill gaps and promote learning.

Poorly Used Technology: The Workbook?

Rob Furman | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

We need teachers to be creating real world, performance based experiences for our students that incorporate the latest technology while learning 21st century skills.

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West -- News from Malaysia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In a complex, diverse and economically burgeoning society, the current challenges facing the Malaysian education system are considerable.

Why Reinvention Is the Word of the Moment

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Reinvention has unseated innovation as the it word for our times. If you spend any time at all looking for it, you'll notice it's everywhere.

The Global Search for Education: Teacher Education

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.08.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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.