The crucial elements of a 21st Century learning experience Critical Thinking, Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration, Media and Technology Literacy, Global Awareness, Civic Literacy form the skeleton around which each unit is built.
Critical thinking and problem solving . . .
. . . involves experimenting with new and familiar concepts while processing information until a viable solution is reached, supporting reasoned decisions and purposeful action.
Information Literacy . . .
. . . means being able to apply appropriate research to any given challenge by:
♦ finding useful and reliable information.
♦ assessing the credibility, accuracy, and value of information.
♦ analyzing and evaluating information given the barrage of information on the web, in the media, and everywhere else.
Communication . . .
. . . means presenting ideas using a variety of mediums and audiences which also requires reading comprehension and writing skills.
Collaboration . . .
. . . involves working together to share, advocate, and compromise on issues critical to team success.
Creativity and Innovation . . .
. . . requires refining and improving original ideas, as well as thinking unconventionally, making innovative use of knowledge, information and opportunities.
Citizenship . . .
. . . demonstrates proper technology use, global awareness, and moral capacity in and outside of the classroom.
“What We Need to Do Now.” 21st Century Skills, Education & Competitiveness: A Resource and Policy Guide. Tucson, AZ: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2008. Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Web. 3 Sept. 2013. http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/21st_century_skills_education_and_competitiveness_guide.pdf