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Preparing Students for 21st Century Skills

Preparing for tomorrow. Inspire creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication, so they are ready for tomorrow's world. Using Thinkfinity's database of lessons and units, you can find just about anything you need to prepare your students to be critical thinkers of the 21st century.

Published by Partnership for 21st Century with Thinkfinity in 2010

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Education
Technology
Fine Arts
Economics
Business
Science
Reading
Mathematics
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Collaboration
Communication
Creativity
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving


Essential Question(s)
1. What else should schools be teaching beside the 3Rs?
2. What are the 4Cs?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What must be incorporated into lessons to engage students in higher level thinking?
2. Students should be prepared to find solutions and not be given answers. They have to learn not to be discouraged when they make mistakes. How can teachers create classrooms that support exploration and not be focused on getting the right answer?

Extension and Activities
1. Use the Turtle Pond activity and make time for students to arrive at their individual solution. Discuss what they learned and that there are many ways to arrive at the same goal. There is often not just one right answer.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."



pictureSusan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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