21st Century Learning Skills
In defining 21st century learning, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has embraced five content and skill areas that represent the essential knowledge for the 21st century: global awareness; civic engagement; financial, economic, and business literacy; learning skills that encompass problem solving, critical thinking, and self-directional skills; and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy. The 21st Century Skills are not intended to stand along, but rather be infused with core courses and programs. With that in mind, the ICT curriculum heavily integrates computer concepts, academic activities, and the following 21st Century Skills (21st Century Skills, 2002):
- Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
- Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work, and community context.
- Promoting the study of non-English language as a tool for understanding other nations and cultures
Financial, Economic, and Business Literacy
- Knowing how to make appropriate personal economic choices
- Understanding the role of the economy and the role of business in the economy
- Applying appropriate 21st century skills to function as a productive contributor within an organizational setting
- Integrating oneself within and adapting continually to our nation's evolving economic and business environment
- Being an informed citizen to participate effectively in government
- Exercising the rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state, national, and global levels
- Understanding the local and global implications of civic decisions
- Applying 21st century skills to make intelligent choices as a citizen
Thinking, Problem-solving, Interpersonal, and Self-directional Learning Skills
- Critical thinking and system thinking. Exercising sound reasoning in understanding and making complex choices, understanding the interconnections among systems.
- Problem identification, formulation, and solution. Ability to frame, analyze, and solve problems.
- Creativity and intellectual curiosity. Developing, implementing, and communicating new ideas to others, staying open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives.
- Interpersonal and collaborative skills. Demonstrating teamwork and leadership; adapting to varied roles and responsibilities; working productively with others; exercising empathy; respecting diverse perspectives.
- Self-direction. Monitoring one's own understanding and learning needs, locating appropriate resources, transferring learning from one domain to another.
- Accountability and adaptability. Exercising personal responsibility and flexibility in personal, workplace, and community contexts; setting and meeting high standards and goals for one's self and others; tolerating ambiguity.
- Social responsibility. Acting responsibly with interests of the larger community in mind; demonstrating ethical behavior in personal, workplace, and community contexts.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Learning Skills
- Information and media literacy skills. Analyzing, accessing, managing, integrating, evaluating, and creating information in a variety of forms and media. Understanding the role of media in society.
- Communication skills. Understanding, managing, and creating effective oral, written, and multimedia communication in a variety of forms and contexts.
- Interpersonal and self-directional skills. Becoming more productive in accomplishing tasks and developing interest in improving one's own skills.
TOP 10 REASONS ICT II IS IMPORTANT!
TOP 10 REASONS THIS CLASS IS IMPORTANT!!!!
10. You get to learn hands-on without a lot of boring lectures!
9. You will be able to learn about all the latest technological trends!
8. You will enhance your Microsoft Office skills!
7. It will add a new dimension to the learning process and help you develop problem-solving and information- handling skills!
6. You will learn to effectively use different types of technology.
5. You will be able to access remote learning resources through the internet.
4. You learn how to become a successful online student!
3. You get a credit towards graduation!
2. It promotes technology literacy, inventive thinking, higher-order thinking, and effective communication skills.
1. It prepares you with the necessary skills to compete in a global workforce.