21st Century Skills

Preparing Our Students for a Rapidly Changing World
As technology becomes more integral in our lives, the ability to adapt and change to use these new tools has become even more important. Educators often hear the phrase “21st Century Teaching and Learning.” What does this mean in relationship to the world our students will live in and the skills they will need to succeed? It means an increased focus on communication, collaboration, and creativity (the new “3 C’s” of education) and an emphasis on teaching students to  use technology in order to learn how to learn, solve problems, and think creatively. Students must be taught how to use technology efficiently and effectively, ethically and appropriately, safely and respectfully. 
 21st Century Teaching and Learning
To meet the challenges of higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills (from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills).
This skill set includes:
  • Information and communication skills (information and media literacy skills; communication skills)
  • Thinking and problem-solving (critical thinking and systems thinking; problem identification, formulation and solution; creativity and intellectual curiosity)
  • Interpersonal and self-direction skills (interpersonal and collaborative skills; self-direction; accountability and adaptability; social responsibility)
  • Global awareness
  • Financial, economic and business literacy, and developing entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options
  • Civic literacy
Organizations Standards
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS for Students
NETS for Teachers
NETS for Adminstrators
National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Toward a Definition of 21st Century Literacies
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner


Thomas Friedman and Daniel Pink on Education in a “Flat World”


Current Trends in Technology: Reaching the Mind of the 21st Century Learner