Monday, February 27, 2017

What does education look like in the 21st Century? A lot like

Search "21 Century Education" and you'll get pages like this:

21st Century Skills Definition - The Glossary of Education Reform

Aug 25, 2016 - The term 21st century skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed—by educators, school ...


  • Critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, synthesizing information
  • Research skills and practices, interrogative questioning
  • Creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation, personal expression
  • Perseverance, self-direction, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, initiative
  • Oral and written communication, public speaking and presenting, listening
  • Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, facility in using virtual workspaces
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, media and internet literacy, data interpretation and analysis, computer programming
  • Civic, ethical, and social-justice literacy
  • Economic and financial literacy, entrepreneurialism
  • Global awareness, multicultural literacy, humanitarianism
  • Scientific literacy and reasoning, the scientific method
  • Environmental and conservation literacy, ecosystems understanding
  • Health and wellness literacy, including nutrition, diet, exercise, and public health and safety
THAT IS A HEALTHY CHECK LIST!   Let's read this list at least ONCE A WEEK and decide, "How can we prepare for these many areas?"


15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher | Edutopia

Jun 20, 2015 - Changing the "20th" to "21st" brings different results: a 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skills ...


Here are some ot the items that the article presents:

1. Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions
As students have access to any information possible, there certainly is no need to "spoon-feed" the knowledge or teach "one-size fits all" content. As students have different personalities, goals, and needs, offering personalized instructions is not just possible but also desirable. When students are allowed to make their own choices, they own their learning, increase intrinsic motivation, and put in more effort -- an ideal recipe for better learning outcomes!
2. Students as Producers
Today's students have the latest and greatest tools, yet, the usage in many cases barely goes beyond communicating with family and friends via chat, text, or calls. Even though students are now viewed as digital natives, many are far from producing any digital content. While they do own expensive devices with capabilities to produce blogs, infographics, books, how-to videos, and tutorials, just to name a few, in many classes, they are still asked to turn those devices off and work with handouts and worksheets. Sadly, often times these papers are simply thrown away once graded. Many students don't even want to do them, let alone keep or return them later. When given a chance, students can produce beautiful and creative blogs, movies, or digital stories that they feel proud of and share with others.
3. Learn New Technologies
In order to be able to offer students choices, having one's own hands-on experience and expertise will be useful. Since technology keeps developing, learning a tool once and for all is not a option. The good news is that new technologies are new for the novice and and experienced teachers alike, so everyone can jump in at any time! I used a short-term subscription to, which has many resources for learning new technologies.
4. Teachers connect on SKYPE and go Global
5. Be Smart and Use Smart Phones
Once again -- when students are encouraged to view their devices as valuable tools that support knowledge (rather than distractions), they start using them as such. I remember my first years of teaching when I would not allow cell phones in class and I'd try to explain every new vocabulary word or answer any question myself -- something I would not even think of doing today!
I have learned that different students have different needs when it comes to help with new vocabulary or questions; therefore, there is no need to waste time and explain something that perhaps only one or two students would benefit from. Instead, teaching students to be independent and know how to find answers they need makes the class a different environment!
I have seen positive changes ever since I started viewing students' devices as useful aid. In fact, sometimes I even respond by saying "I don't know -- use Google and tell us all!" What a difference in their reactions and outcomes!
6. Blog
I have written on the importance of both student and teacher blogging. Even my beginners of English could see the value of writing for real audience and establishing their digital presence. To blog or not to blog should not be a question any more!
7.  Teachers "Go Digital" and put their lessons online and on blogs

8. Teachers work with other people and with other teachers and with students   to ask students in USA to teach Phrases in English to students in other countries (and learn some phrases from the other students)

9.   Teachers give out their mobile numbers and Use Twitter 
Text me   +1 (954) 646 8246   let's talk on SKYPE and WhatsApp
whatsapp +19546468246
10. Teachers Connect with other teachers
Find me on Facebook. Our school connects with other schools
We hope to visit Keen School by internet someday

11. Teachers ask students to learn with Projects

So when are you going to DOWNLOAD the BLAZEK list?    list of projects
Our philosophical sibling school
We want to be "keen", too

12. Teachers have their own FREE WEBSITES (Digital Footprint)
13. Teachers write Code
While this one might sound complicated, coding is nothing but today's literacy. As a pencil or pen were "the tools" of the 20th-century, making it impossible to picture a teacher not capable to operate with it, today's teacher must be able to operate with today's pen and pencil, i.e., computers. Coding is very interesting to learn -- the feeling of writing a page with HTML is amazing! Even though I have ways to go, just like in every other field, a step at a time can take go a long way. Again, is a great resource to start with!
14. Teachers try something new:  They Innovate

15. Teachers Keep Learning
My students told me about Genji and Hanzo and they want me to develop a GAMER Brain


P21's Framework for 21st Century Learning was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills ...

2. Learning and Innovation Skills: 
3. Information, Media and Technology Skills:
  • Flexibility & Adaptability      BING! requires students to develop  the 7 Survival Skills defined by Tony Wagner
  • Initiative & Self Direction
  • Social & Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Productivity & Accountability
  • Leadership & Responsibility

21st Century Support Systems

1. 21st Century Standards
  • Focus on 21st century skills, content knowledge and expertise.
  • Build understanding across and among academic subjects as well as 21st century interdisciplinary themes    BING! requires students to develop at least another language.
  • Emphasize deep understanding rather than shallow knowledge   BING! requires students to develop deep learning of an industry (see
2. Assessment of 21st Century Skills
  • Emphasize useful feedback on student performance that is embedded into everyday learning   BING!  see the blog
  • Enable development of portfolios of student work that demonstrate mastery of 21st century skills to educators and prospective employers  BING! requires students to develop portfolios


How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning? - Education Week

Oct 11, 2010 - To get a sense of how views on the subject align—and differ—we recently asked a range of education experts to define 21st-century learning ...

The Role of Education in the 21st Century › articles

Our world is changing, and in order to prepare our children for this new world we need to change the way we educate them. In the 21st century educators must ...

21st Century Education Foundation

Go ahead.  

Look at these pages.  

What do you find?

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