21st Century Skills

Greenfield believes government ministers’ work on internet regulation has not yet looked at the broad cultural and psychological effect of online friendships via Facebook, Bebo and Twitter. And despite anecdotal evidence and hype surrounding the integration of Web 2.0 technologies in education, the fact is that there are few studies […]

Is Facebook Worth Including in Our Learning Systems? Pt. 2

Many people dismiss “21st century skills” as a pedagogical fad. Although the 21st century skills tenets–creative thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, etc–are sound, there are also some valid emperor-has-no-clothes critiques of this recent learning system buzz phrase. For example, some critics point out that most Asian classrooms–for example India, China, and Malaysia–are […]

21st Century Skills Learning Systems: Just a Fad?

What’s so novel about 21st century skills? Innovative educators who use engaging projects, LMSs and other technology in their learning systems are certainly nothing new. In discussing 21st century skills, many teachers claim to have already implemented styles like modeling instruction, which is based on the work of Arizona State […]

Creating a National Learning System for the 21st Century

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, working to infuse 21st century skills into America’s learning systems, claims its goal is to provide students with a rigorous, world-class education that encourages critical and creative thinking. But Jay Matthews of the Washington Post senses that its expectations are for “all-at-once” change, “a […]

Slow and Steady Learning System Shift