'Davos of Education': The 16 Most Critical 21st Century Skills

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March 24, 2015
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'Davos of Education': The 16 Most Critical 21st Century Skills
Forbes
  • The 2015 “New Vision For Education—Unlocking The Potential of Technology” report from the World Economic Forum is pretty clear about the state of global education: “students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity.”
  • The report explains that students in many countries are not attaining “the 16 most critical ‘21st-century skills.’” They divide these skills into three categories: Foundational Literacies, Competencies, and Character Qualities.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/21centurySkills

Keywords: Education, Technology, Competencies, Skills
UNESCO’s Open Access (OA) Curriculum Is Now Online
UNESCO
  • These curricula will soon be converted into self-directed e-learning tools, which will enable users to self-assess their knowledge on Open Access and take a learning pace that is initiated and directed by the learners themselves.
  • UNESCO also aims to strengthen this initiative by translating the OA curricula into several languages. The complete set of five OA modules for researchers and four OA modules for library schools is now available online
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/UnescoOACurriculum

Keywords: Education, Resources, Open Acces
Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever
Edudemic
  • In his popular TED talk, Ken Robinson made the powerful point that most of the students doing work in your classrooms today will be entering a job force that none of you can visualize. That talk is from almost ten years ago, so we already know he was right and can only assume he’ll continue to be so in the years to come.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CreativityClassroom

Keywords: Creativity, Innovation, Education
Forget Harvard and Stanford. It Really Doesn't Matter Where You Go to College
The Washington Post
  • The competition for getting into elite colleges seems to be getting more intense, leaving frustrated students, parents, and counselors to wonder: Does it really matter where you go to college?
  • It doesn't, according to Frank Bruni, the New York Times columnist and author of the new book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.” The book shows that people of all ages and walks of life have found success without degrees from brand-name universities.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/DoesnotMatter

Keywords: Higher Education
New Pathway in Higher-Ed Sifts Out Serious Professionals
eCampus News
  • Capella University’s competency-based FlexPath program just announced one of their first graduating class–and they may just be the best of the best. The primary focus of the program allows students to learn on their own schedule and at their own pace.
  • FlexPath does away with faculty-led discussions and assignments, as well as any preset deadlines; instead, leaving it up to the student to complete all of their assignments within a 12 week time frame. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/CapellaFlexpath

Keywords: Competency-based Education, Competency, CBE
Texas-Size Math Lab
Austin Community Colleges Promising Experiment Personalized Remedial Mathematics
Inside Higher Ed
  • Austin Community College decided to go big when they tried a new approach to remedial math -- like 600 computer stations in the nation's largest learning lab big. A former J. C. Penney is where the college built its new computer lab. The result is the 32,000-square-foot ACCelerator laboratory. 
  • Dismal remedial success rates have been a problem at Austin, which enrolls 60,000 students. So faculty members from the college looked around for alternative approaches to teaching math: Personalized and modularized learning. 
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/TexasSizeMathlab

Keywords: Personalized Learning, Modularized Learning 
10 Reasons Flipped Classrooms Could Change Education
EdTech
  • Today's classrooms are outfitted with the latest technologies, but too often the teaching methods don't take full advantage of the options these tools afford. Flipping the classroom can create new inroads for learning by leveraging the technology used in classrooms and at home.
  • Kathleen Fulton led a special spotlight presentation Tuesday at CoSN 2015 on the "Top 10 Reasons Why Flipping the Classroom Can Change Education," a condensed version of her 2014 book of the same title.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/10reasonflipped

Keywords: Flipped Classroom, Flipped Learning
Turning to Education for Fun
The New York Times
  • Entertainment values have come to dominate many aspects of life, but another trend has been playing out, too. People are turning to education for entertainment. Call it the academization of leisure or  edutainment.
  • As the word suggests, edutainment combines aspects of education and entertainment into products and experiences that seek to improve learning by making it not just painless but also pleasurable.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/EducationforFun

Keywords: Education, Lifelong learning, Edutainment
Anyone Can Be a Teacher in This Online School
The New York Times
  • Skillshare is an online video platform that allows anyone to sign up and teach a class. The company has proved adept at recruiting experts to teach on its website. Students pay $10 a month for unlimited access to Skillshare courses, and 850,000 are signed up.
  • Teachers with at least 25 students can enter a “partner program” in which they are paid based on the number of subscribing students in their classes, and for projects those students submit. Those with fewer than 25 students are not paid.
Visit Website: http://bit.ly/AnyoneCanTeach

Keywords: Online education
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