The partnership for 21st Century Skills is an organization that advocates for the integration of information and communication technologies in the classroom. I agree with most of the information presented in this website. As a technology liaison for my school, I work to find ways for teachers to include 21st century skills into the core curriculum. The partnership believes that core content should be taught using these skills.
It was helpful to see the way that businesses incorporate these skills into jobs. I had not realized how much jobs have changed in the past years. Previous jobs required the worker to be skilled at one machine or task. Now, workers need to be proficient at multi-tasking and using multiple tools. Teachers should be collaborating with local businesses to identify the skills that need to be taught in the classroom.
I found that this website stresses incorporating 21st century skills into standardized testing. I feel that standardized tests do not always represent what is taught in the classroom. There are multiple ways for students to demonstrate an understanding of the information. The website also stresses that the only things that are taught in a classroom is what is on a standardized test. Good teachers, do not just teach what is on the test. They go beyond that to include global experiences for their students.
As a contemporary educator, I need to use 21st century tools in my classroom and on their assessments. Students should have daily access to technology including during assessments. I am working towards a masters degree in technology because I believe that it is important for my students to have these skills. As I move to the library this year, I will be using technology to teach my students how to read and think critically.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (n.d.). A report and mile guide for 21st century skills.
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Trilling, B. (n.d.). The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Home. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Home. Retrieved July 20, 2011, from http://www.p21.org/