21st Century Skills

What are 21st Century Skills? Why are they important? Why are our students called digital natives, and why are teachers considered digital immigrants? Are students today really different? What are the implications for teaching and learning? And what do I really need to be able to do with technology to be a good teacher? In this workshop we will explore the answers to these questions and develop individual professional plans to meet the challenges of preparing our students today for a tomorrow we can barely imagine.

Workshop Goals

  • To become aware of and appreciate the issue and the stakes
  • To become aware of 21st Century Skills and NETS•S Standards
  • To become aware of Web 2.0
    • Understand essential difference from Web 1.0
    • Identify some Web 2.0 tools
  • To understand role of LoTi Questionnaire and Levels of Implementation
    • Know own levels and how to interpret survey results
    • Create own Tech goals and immediate plan based on LoTi results and 21st Century Skills/NETS•S for students


Moodle Quiz -- Log in using your LMSD username and password. Select "Technology Workshops," then "21st Century Skills."

Text/IM Abbreviations

The Stakes


For Further Reading

Web 2.0

The Standards

LoTi/DETAILS Survey results

What Can We Do?

  • There is no catching up or mastering it all
    • We cannot control the ocean wave. But we can surf it and we can harness its energy if we learn to understand it and practice riding it.
    • We can use Web 2.0 tools to manage some of the overwhelming quantity of information access confronting us (see the Periodic Table of the Internet and the Go2Web2.0.net Directory)
    • Transfer responsibility to your students
      • You do NOT have to know all the technology you make available to your students in the classroom
        • You DO have to supervise its use
        • You DO have to monitor the products
        • You DO NOT HAVE TO master the tools
      • Students will learn how to use tools faster than you and they can teach you and each other very efficiently and effectively as the tools are being used
        • Small group work is very effective for this kind of transfer of learning
        • In class experts often gives leadership roles to students that have not previously had that opportunity (and may help engage them more in class in the future)
  • Don’t try to go it alone; partner with colleagues
    • GSDO, don’t ISDO
    • Seek out a Tech Mentor; get in a group
    • Partner with someone in the Leadership Cadre
    • Capitalize on the Elem Tech Facilitator group work
    • Sign up for tech workshops with a colleague or two
    • Start a Professional Learning Group and incorporate technology as a component of your study and work
    • Request Tech Department consultation (email Tom, Rhonda, or Bill; or Marilyn – HS CFF Coach)
    • Consult and/or lobby your curriculum supervisor
    • Request and attend a technology seminar or conference with one or more colleagues
    • Take small steps; try one or two things at a time; focus initial implementation in a limited time frame

Making a Personal Professional Technology Plan

Technology Professional Planning Worksheet --