21st Century learning is the development of a highly valuable skill set for the future.
21st Century Skills are flagged as critical for the digital and evolving economy. Instead of specific subject knowledge, 21st Century Skills are ways of thinking, ways of working, tools for working and ways of living.
The list below of the Assessment & Teaching of 21st Century Skills shows another approach to categorising these skills:
Ways of thinking
- Creativity and innovation
- Critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making
- Learning to learn, metacognition
Ways of working
Tools for working
- Information literacy
- ICT literacy
Ways of Living in the world
- Citizenship — local and global
- Life and career
- Personal and social responsibility — including cultural awareness and competence
‘Best practice STEM education is complementary to 21st Century Learning. At the same time as developing important skills and knowledge in the STEM subjects, students engage in activities and projects that promote 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.’ (http://www.atc21s.org)
Mr Gus Southwood, our Head of Technologies will help coordinate 21st Century Learning, and we are currently planning on building a new 21st Century Learning Hub to develop the skills for the future.