Saturday, January 15, 2011

21st Century Skills Reflection

Giving students the chance to build a better world has been the goal of educators for decades. However, in the last decade the tools that are available to our young people have grown exponentially. Technology is literally changing our world and everyday lives on a daily basis. With increased education and collaboration, students can positively impact the future health, wealth and welfare of everyone. Today's elementary students will grow up familiar and confident in the 21st century skills discussed in the book, and I don't believe we can fathom the far-reaching effects of this education. The book pointed out how standards have typically stated what a student SHOULD KNOW about subjects but the 21st century standards will emphasize what a student SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO with that content. This is a positive move and will equip tomorrow's adults to be able to apply what they have learned primarily through the use of technology and the many tools it provides. As stated, the value of combining traditional education with skills in 21st century learning lies in its "appropriate application to solving real world challenges." It is an exciting future ahead of us and our students today will play an active role in tomorrow's technological society!

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