21st Century Skills

Understanding Why We Work Should Inform Education – Education Article

Regardless of the instructional approach, subject, grade level or any other factor, teachers are ultimately faced with the task of getting students to work. Indeed, probably since the first teacher and student interaction occurred, teachers have often tried to figure out how to get their students to both work and to work at high levels. Traditionally, our students have worked for a variety of reasons – grades, approval, compliance, fear and future success. In terms of motivation, we have tried…

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Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft – Education Article

“Can we set the story in Minecraft?” We had been working for several weeks on a storytelling unit in my ESL classes in 2012. We had read and analysed short stories, examined the grammar of narrative tenses, looked into setting, character descriptions and developing plots. It was time to create our own stories. Yet, one group was struggling for ideas. I needed to intervene. I suggested taking inspiration from a story they knew. What films had they watched recently? Were…

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How This Business Simulation Prepared My Students for 21st-Century Careers – Education Article

High-schooler Caitlyn sits in front of a computer on the campus of Rider University, frantically scanning various pop-ups on her screen. Business reports, market trends and price fluctuations race through her mind, as she seeks the one piece of information she needs. Her team is spending the day figuring out how to effectively sell bottled water in three German provinces— all while competing against six other groups doing the same. Caitlyn calls out to her group’s mentor, Chloe, a college…

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For Today’s Kids, Playing Nintendo in the Classroom Isn’t Just a Dream – Education Article

All those ‘90s kids who used to try sneaking their Game Boys into class and playing discreetly under their desks—to no avail, of course—may soon be feeling like they were born in the wrong decade. The gaming devices aren’t being treated as contraband anymore, at least not in the 100 K-12 schools that have welcomed Nintendo products into their classrooms this year to help students develop collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The classroom program, which began in fall…

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Can Designing Video Games Help Kids Gain Hard and Soft Skills? – Education Article

Steve Isaacs has long identified as a gamer. And when he’s not spending time with some of his favorites—StarCraft and Hearthstone—he’s teaching middle school students how to build their own. Isaacs, an educator at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, teaches two classes on designing video games: a semester-long elective for eighth graders and a six-week course for seventh graders. Why video games? Isaacs says it’s something many kids are often already excited about. And some research…

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Change the Game: Using Minecraft to Teach Students with Autism – Education Article

I find it baffling that in 2019 I still have to explain why it’s important to play with students, especially when Fortune 500 companies are gamifying their workplace and their customer outreach, profitable gamer-culture on YouTube is on the rise and colleges have eSports teams. It’s even more baffling when you acknowledge that throughout history, renowned philosophers and educators—including Plato, Comenius, Locke, Rousseau, Froebel, Piaget, and Papert—have lauded the power of play in teaching, especially for young learners. Modern research…

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Educators Share How Video Games Can Help Kids Build SEL Skills – Education Article

Paul Darvasi is teaching his 12th graders that if there’s something about themselves they don’t like, they have the power to change it. To do so, he’s using a video game called “What Remains of Edith Finch,” projecting it on a screen while students take turns playing. In the game, players get to know the main character, Edith, as she returns to her empty family home to figure out what happened to her relatives. Darvasi, who teaches at Royal St.…

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Is Creativity a Skill? | EdSurge News – Education Article

Are you creative? How would you know, or convince your boss? According to a new LinkedIn analysis of member profiles, creativity tops the chart of soft skills that employers are looking for. A skill is loosely defined as the ability to do something well. The word traces back to Old Norse for “power of discernment.” In the early 13th century, the word was also used to describe one’s “sense of ability, cleverness.” Skills can also be taught, improved, measured and…

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How To Choose A Meaningful Career – Education Article

  It’s something most of us consider as we complete our education and prepare for the job market: how do we choose a career that imbues our life with a sense of meaning and purpose? What does meaning look like to different people, and how difficult is it really to achieve? Is it becoming easier to find a meaningful career in a world where, thanks to technology, there are more job options now than ever before? In a recent interview…

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Here’s What Happened When Students Solved Social Media Problems With Design Thinking – Education Article

A few weeks ago, Aaron, a student in my high school elective class, mentioned he didn’t use social media very often. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first. When I followed up, he told the class he found the ads distracting—and said he ended up buying things he didn’t need. “But how do you hang out with people?” asked another student, Holly, somewhat incredulously. “Well, I Snapchat,” Aaron clarified. “I just don’t use Instagram or Facebook.” From behind…

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Teaching faculty to think like innovators – Education Article

The rapid pace of technological change has forever transformed the face of the global workplace. In fact, its future is unimagined; 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be created. As all brave explorers on any frontier know, survival in an uncertain world requires adaptability, resilience, and resourcefulness. Today’s educators must nurture these traits in students to prepare them to meet whatever challenges await and to succeed in a new order. Schools are thus charged with…

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10 Keys To Cognitive Flexibility – Education Article

How do we become more efficient at harnessing our experience, knowledge, and imagination to respond most effectively to the situation at hand? Originally coined by psychologists in the 1960s, cognitive flexibility has emerged from the literature and been rebranded as a popular concept in edpsych circles. It is traditionally defined in terms of how well an individual can adopt another perspective, change one’s thinking, or mentally adapt to one’s environment. Common strategies for enhancing cognitive flexibility resemble strategies for boosting…

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