Preparing Students for the 21st Century


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  • Show Did You Know 3.0? In order to prepare our students of the 21st century, we must know and understand two things: 1) who are our children, and 2) what is 21st century learning.
  • Children today are digital natives and we are digital immigrants. Poll the audience to see whose native language is one other than English. Make the connection.
  • 100 Send e-mail98 Surfing around/seeing what is out there95 Looking up musical groups and artists93 Chatting with friends online92 Doing homework or research90 Listening to music89 Using instant messaging84 Checking movies, TV, or concert listings81 Reading the news or magazines online80 Playing online games77 Meeting people who share interests70 Watching streaming videos69 Exchanging own creative work with friends61 Buying stuffParticipating in online auctionsNearly 100% of the Millenials are online, more often with better access at home than at school. (That threshold of more access at home than at school was reached in 1998 according to a student done by Peter Grunwald.The Pew Internet and American Life survey of 2001 reports what teenagers are doing online.Source: Pew Internet and American Life. www. Millennials, Neil Howe, who coined "millennials" with William Strauss, predicted consensus-building and nonstop, digital communication Businesses, he said, will accommodate this generation by creating more team projects, and millennials will tend to reject the negative and moralistic politics they witnessed as children. (L) The Millennials are sometimes called the "Trophy Generation", or "Trophy Kids,"[63] a term that reflects the trend in competitive sports, as well as many other aspects of life, where "no one loses" and everyone gets a "Thanks for Participating" trophy and symbolizing a perceived sense of entitlement. It has been reported that this is an issue in corporate environments.[63] Some employers are concerned that Millennials have too great expectations from the workplace and desire to shape their jobs to fit their lives rather than adapt their lives to the workplace.[64] To better understand this mindset, many large firms are currently studying this conflict and are trying to devise new programs to help older employees understand Millennials, while at the same time making Millennials more comfortable. For example, Goldman Sachs conducts training programs that use actors to portray Millennials who assertively seek more feedback, responsibility, and involvement in decision making. After the performance, employees discuss and debate the generational differences they have seen played out"[63]
  • Wireless symbol photo courtesy of clock photo courtesy of photo courtesy of one anotherOnlineIn their own timeWith technologyIn their own placeDoing things that matter(Via, a digital alarm clock for iPhone with a twist, the time is changed by a person behind the LED-like numerals. An actor was actually filmed for 12 hours continuously painting or erasing the numbers as time progressed. Designer Maarten Baas adapted his Real Time Analog Digital Clock, originally a museum piece, into a one dollar iPhone app. Watch the video below. )In the Pew study students report that, although they do use technology to complete homework assignments, most of their teachers do not give assignments dependent on the use of technology. The Pew Internet and American Life survey of 2001 reports what teenagers are doing online.Source: Pew Internet and American Life. www. to this fact, the Millennials want to learn using technology as a collaboration, research, and production tool…to make school more authentic and meaningful to them.
  • People in the 21st century live in a technology and media-suffused environment, marked by various characteristics, including: 1) access to an abundance of information, 2) rapid changes in technology tools, and 3) the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21st century, citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology. ICT (Information, Communications & Technology) LITERACY 
  • SOURCE: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research. Monitoring the Future 12th-Grade Study: 1983, 1990, 1995, and 2000.NOTE ON NCES WEB SITE: The data do not meet NCES standards for response rates.When the 1980s, when the study was first conducted, it was mostly the students planning to work immediately after high school who reported dissatisfaction with the value of high school. Today the college bound, too, register high levels of dissatisfaction.
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  • Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.  Creativity and Innovation Think CreativelyUse a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming) Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts) Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative effortsWork Creatively with OthersDevelop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and feedback into the work Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakesImplement InnovationsAct on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field in which the innovation will occur Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Reason EffectivelyUse various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation Use Systems ThinkingAnalyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems Make Judgments and DecisionsEffectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes Solve ProblemsSolve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions  Communication and Collaboration Communicate ClearlyArticulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade) Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual) Collaborate with OthersDemonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member
  • ICT = Information Communications Literacy
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  • Preparing Students for the 21st Century

    1. 1. Rockenbaugh ElementaryMay 2013Lisa Young
    2. 2. “Children are native to cyberspace,and we, as adults, are immigrants.”- Douglas Rushkoff
    3. 3. Whatourkids dodaily
    4. 4. Item Trophy Generation AdultsInformationMultiple sources;Process quicklyIndividual sources;Process methodicallyMultitask Parallel process SequentialDocuments Graphics first Text firstWork Peer groups IndividualDelays NoneHappy whentechnology worksFlexibilityAdaptable, comfortablewith uncertaintyResists change; learnsto cope with changeBehaviors
    5. 5. 21st Century Learners prefer to learn…
    6. 6. What is 21st Century Learning?May 1999
    7. 7. Percentage of Seniors expressing opinions on…4035513629473124412821390102030405060School work is often oralways meaningfulCourses are quite or veryinterestingSchool learning will bequite or very important inlater life1983 1990 1995 2000
    8. 8. Reading, math and science are the foundations ofstudent achievement. But to compete and win inthe global economy, today’s students andtomorrow’s leaders need another set of knowledgeand skills. These 21st century skills include thedevelopment of global awareness and the ability tocollaborate and communicate and analyze andaddress problems. And they need to rely on criticalthinking and problem solving to create innovativesolutions to the issues facing our world. Every childshould have the opportunity to acquire and masterthese skills and our schools play a vital role inmaking this happen.”-MICHAEL DELL, CEO, Dell, Inc.
    9. 9. Framework for 21st Century Learning
    10. 10. Framework for 21st Century Learning Outcome• Creativity and Innovation• Critical Thinking andProblem Solving• Communication andCollaboration• Information Literacy• Media Literacy• ICT Literacy• Life and Career Skills
    11. 11. 21st Century Learning: CurriculumA 21st century curriculum blends thinking andinnovation skills; information, media, and ICTliteracy; and life and career skills in context ofcore academic subjects and acrossinterdisciplinary themes, and employsmethods of 21st century instruction thatintegrate innovative and research-proventeaching strategies, modern learningtechnologies, and real world resources andcontexts.
    12. 12. What can we do?
    13. 13. Start the Conversation• With your children• With your neighbors• With your teachers• With your communityIs schoolrelevant?
    14. 14. Innovation distinguishes between aleader and a follower.-Steve Jobs
    15. 15. • Strauss, William & Howe, Neil. Generations: The History of Americas Future, 1584 to 2069. Perennial,1992 (Reprint). ISBN 0-688-11912-3 p. 324• Armour, Stephanie (2008-11-06). "Generation Y: Theyve arrived at work with a new attitude". USAToday. Retrieved 2009-11-27.• Alsop, Ron (October 13, 2008). The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Upthe Workplace. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0470229545.• Alsop, Ron (2008-10-21). "The Trophy Kids Go to Work". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-10-24.• Articles:• USA Today: Tech-Savvy "iGeneration" Kids Multitask, Connect:• New York Times: The Children of Cyberspace• CNN Opinion: Generation Text: FB Me or