Integrating 21st Century Skills into your Curriculum
How can educators assure that their students will be ready to productively live and work in the 21st Century Global Economy?
Warm Up for Module 1


Learners will analyze the skills that business and industry tell us are necessary for 21st Century workers.



Learners will:

  1. Examine the skills students will need to live and work in the 21st Century global economy
  2. Analyze their curriculum in terms of the  ’Foundation Skills" and as "Functional Skills" that our students must have to be successful in the 21st Century job market
  3. Deduce what 21st Century job skills are necessary for schools to integrate into their curriculum

Warm Up

Watch Did You Know 2014.


Then choose one of these versions of this video to watch:


"Shift Happens Educational 2010"

"Did You Know Shift Happens--Globalization; Information Age"  2007

"Did you Know--Officially Updated 2012"



Compare the 2014 version to the other video you watched.  What is the same and what is different (new information in the 2014 version)?


There are several versions of this video on You Tube, and all are already outdated; however it is worth reflecting on this video as a framework for this course.  What are the implications of living in exponential times for our educational system?  To what extent are we preparing our students to compete for the jobs of the future?  What are the implications for our country, our localities, our citizens?  How can we, as educators, best prepare our students to thrive in the 21st Century global economy?  Jot down your thoughts, and keep them with you as you proceed through this course.  Take time throughout this course to reflect back on these thoughts and consider how we, as 21st Century educators can better meet the needs of our students.

II.B. apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences.
V. Productivity and Professional Practice
V.A. use technology resources to engage in ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.
V.B. continually evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning.
V.D. use technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, parents, and the larger community in order to nurture student learning.

Engauge 21st Century Skills
Digital-Age Literacy
Basic, Scientific, Economic, and Technological Literacies
Visual and Information Literacies
Multicultural Literacy and Global Awareness
Inventive Thinking
Curiosity, Creativity, and Risk Taking
Higher-Order Thinking and Sound Reasoning
Effective Communication
Personal, Social, and Civic Responsibility