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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it

"This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 6, 2014 9:48 PM

What do young people need to know? Jackie Gerstein provides a great visual as well as a list of 18 ideas, and each has a link for additional information. She also requests that you send her additional ideas.

After you review the list you might consider how many of these skills are taught in your school, or consider which should be taught in school.
Five of her ideas are below. Click through to the post for the rest.

* How to be a self-directed learner – finding and using resources (both face-to-face and online) to learn and improve personal interests

* How to evaluate websites and online tools for credibility

* How to work in mixed-age groups

* How to code

* How to set and achieve goals

Kimberly House's curator insight, December 7, 2014 12:16 PM

The best question she asks is 'Which are taught in school? Which should be?' These are great questions to explore as a staff in looking at these universal skills.

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What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?

What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it
We're glad you asked. The coauthor of Invent to Learn explains how to start one in your schools and why making is the most powerful way for kids to learn.

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace

 


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RESENTICE's curator insight, October 9, 2014 4:35 AM

Les Fablab mode d'emploi et intérêt pédagogique par l'auteur de l'ouvrage :

Invent To Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the ClassroomGary Stager co-écrit avec  Sylvia Martinez

Rejoignez le mouvement des "makers"!  Il s'agit d'une révolution alliant la  technologie et la créativité : l' apprenant actif étant au centre du processus d'apprentissage.

Rachelle Ackerman's curator insight, October 9, 2014 9:59 PM

Not directly about outdoor learning, but shared values of hands-on, child-driven learning.

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How To Inspire the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers and Innovators

How To Inspire the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers and Innovators | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it

"What insights would you gain if you asked 13 innovators (architects, artists, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and a media savvy baker) what they would urge educators and parents to do to best develop the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:12 PM

This post shares 12 insights from a variety of innovators. What are some of their ideas? (Ideas below quoted from the post)

* Realize that Out of School time tends to be more inspiring and powerful ...

* Provide unique Experiences that surprise and allow children to see things from new perspectives...

* Refining the skill of Asking Questions is the fuel that ignites innovators...

The post includes some sharing of how innovators explored in their own unique ways as children. You will also find one short video of an innovator sharing their story as well as a link to eleven videos from the conference Innovators to Educators. This post may bring some fresh ideas to use with students of all ages.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, March 12, 2014 3:15 AM

13 innovators (architects, artists, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and a media savvy baker)  urge educators and parents to help develop the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers?"

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:54 AM

Race to the Top demands that we prepare learners to be innovative creators. Wouldn't it be fabulous to have this type of training happening in PD and classrooms?

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Books for Kids

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I have been discussing and blogging about The Other 21st Century Skills Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an ove...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:01 PM

In this post Jackie Gerstein provides a great list of books that you could use to teach children about the skills and attributes that they need to learn. She states " Children’s books, as they are written and presented as stories, have great potential to explain these often abstract concepts.  There is also evidence that the brain processes stories differently and more powerfully than facts and lectures."

The stories are divided into sections:

* Grit

* Resilience

* Hope & Optimism

* Vision

* Self-Regulation

* Empathy & Global Awareness

There is also a list of books suggested by Tony Wagner in the areas of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration and Curiosity and Imagination.

Although geared to children some are appropriate for older students.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, January 18, 2014 9:25 AM

Para niñas y niños :)

Kerri Schaub's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:47 AM

The forgotten, but essential, skills! #mersd #studentengagement

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The Power of the Educational Infographic

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:48 PM

Have you had people ask you why you choose to use infographics in your classroom? This presentation is by Mia MacMeekin, who has created many great infographics (some of which have been posted on this Sccop.it). The best way to access this is in PDF format. This file is quite large so here is a direct link to it: http://anethicalisland.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/rscon-presentation-22.pdf

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Information Abundance and Its Implications for Education

Information Abundance and Its Implications for Education | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it

Are we living in a world of information overload or information abundance? This post by Jackie Gerstein poses suggests we look at this as a time of information abundance. "... we have technologies to access any type of information and to create products that match the pictures and voices in our minds; and we can use technology to get the assistance and feedback from folks around the globe."

In this post she looks at the implications this has for education, exploring five points (quoted below):

* Educators are no longer gatekeepers to information.

* The Internet needs tobe open and available to students.

* Information and media literacy needs to be integrated across the curriculum and grade levels.

* Global-oriented and mulitcultural education also needs to be integrated across the curriculum and grade levels.

* Students developing their own Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) should be viewed as major instructional strategy.

Additional resources are referenced in the post.


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WISE Voices: Embrace Change in Education - YouTube

WISE voices elaborate on the themes of creativity, innovation and learning in education. Consensus is: for us to be innovative and creative, we have to push ...

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Kevin Watson's curator insight, November 12, 2014 9:16 AM

It all starts at school....

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How Education Will Change

Presented May 15th in Saskatoon to SIAST administrators. The focus was, we all can make education better, we just need to want to. There are examples all ove...

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Why Teach Them

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Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 10, 2014 10:29 PM

Jackie Gerstein reviews the skills identified by Tony Wagner as well as six additional skills and attributes she believes learners need today.  She then looks at a recent Gallup Poll that looks at Americans expectations of schools today. Quoting from the post:

"While student success may depend on mastery of content in core subject areas such as math and reading, it also depends on more than knowledge of core content. Critical thinking, creativity, communication, and other soft skills, as well as student physical and social wellbeing, are also necessary for future success in higher education and in the workplace. Americans Say U.S. Schools Should Teach “Soft” Skills"

The post continues and explores how the other 21st century skills may be classified as social-emotional skills and how the growth of these skills may positively impact students in other areas. As always Gerstein has provided a post that pushes boundaries and provides a variety of resources.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, February 10, 2014 11:35 PM

It seems like a normal thing to do. These are needed SKILLs our students need to have.

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Self Assessment Guide - Tech/21st Century Skills

Self Assessment Guide - Tech/21st Century Skills | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it

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A cool self reflecting tool for ways to steer our learning!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 24, 2013 9:57 PM

I have posted a number of resources from Ross Parker and this one requires a bit of time to understand…and yes, I think it is worth the time. The directions he provides in the upper right hand corner describe how a student should use this visual, as a tool to “steer & assess your own learning.”

Our students need to learn how to self-reflect and this tool has the potential to engage students and assist them in reflecting on their work regarding topics studied in technology.

You may download this visual as a png, pdf or pages document on the website. Take some time to check it out and see what you think.

 

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:25 PM

Interesting guide to take a look at.  

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Reaching Students: 18 Simple Ways To Make A Lasting Impact On Your Students

Reaching Students: 18 Simple Ways To Make A Lasting Impact On Your Students | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it

"Reaching students emotionally may seem like a red herring, but maybe it’s not.

Inspired by Justin Tarte’s recent—and excellent–post on making a difference in the lives of others around you, I immediately thought of the legacy teachers leave in the minds (and hearts) of students. If and how you will be remembered by students may sound like a bit of an ego trip, but the truth of the matter is, if you’re not making any kind of an impression, they’re probably not learning."

 


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Legacy and impact - making connections and developing relationships  are important keys to successful teaching and learning. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:47 PM

This post provides 18 ways to reach students in your classroom, beginning with curiousity and including model macro behavior and be human. In addition you may watch a five minute video clip from the Dead Poets Society.

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Five Ways to Improve Education through Technology - animation

Five Ways to Improve Education through Technology - animation | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it
This short United-Eye Productions video employs free-style animation to show five key ways that education is improved by technology: 

Global learning
Game-based learning
Virtual worlds, digital simulations, and models
Mobile learning
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