By Bernie Trilling, Charles Fadel

This crucial source introduces a framework for twenty first Century studying that maps out the abilities had to live on and thrive in a fancy and hooked up global. twenty first Century content material contains the fundamental middle matters of interpreting, writing, and arithmetic-but additionally emphasizes international understanding, financial/economic literacy, and healthiness matters. the talents fall into 3 different types: studying and concepts abilities; electronic literacy talents; and existence and profession talents.

This ebook is stuffed with vignettes, overseas examples, and school room samples that aid illustrate the framework and supply a thrilling view of twenty-first century instructing and learning.

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But an immense number of facts can be “remembered” or accessed as needed with a quick Internet search. Yet knowing a field’s core ideas, understanding its fundamental principles, and applying this knowledge to solve new problems and answer new questions are evergreen learning tasks that will never become outdated. These learning skills need to move to the heart of what our schools teach. Thinking and knowledge tools are helping us learn, work, and be creative. But they entail a host of downsides: the beeps and fanfares of cell phones; the flood of e-mail, text messages, and “tweets” to answer (and spam and other advertising messages to plough through); the dozens of file formats and endless software updates to juggle; along with software crashes, privacy concerns, identity theft, and on and on.

Indd 23 7/30/09 10:22 AM 24 | 21st ce nt ury s k il ls Knowledge Work As noted, the 21st century has already brought historic changes to the world of work. The Knowledge Age demands a steady supply of well-trained workers—workers using brainpower and digital tools to apply well-honed knowledge skills to their daily work. Today’s knowledge work is done collaboratively in teams, with team members often spread across multiple locations, using a digital zoo of devices and services to coordinate their project work: cell phones, Voice over Internet Protocol communications, teleconferencing, Web conferencing, laptops, personal digital assistants, databases, spreadsheets, calendar and contact management software, e-mail, text messaging, Web sites, online collaboration spaces, social networking tools—the list goes on and on.

Schools from Singapore to Sydney, Helsinki to Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom to the United States are innovating learning as their students learn how to innovate. A vibrant global movement is in play to retune the instruments of education for a rising band of digital learners, and to sync up learning to the new rhythms of the 21st century. This book is about why and how the global landscape for learning is reshaping itself, and about what this global transformation, often called the 21st century skills movement, may bring to a school near you.

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