"The NBC show Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. In the show, an unknown event disables all technology dependent on electricity on the planet, ranging from iPhones and televisions to engines, appliances, and batteries. People are forced to adapt to a world without functioning technology.
Recently, I participated in an excellent discussion on 21st century skills and their importance to the future success of today’s students. One educator posed the question “can you teach 21st century skills without technology?”
Before answering the question, I think it’s time to toss the moniker ’21st century skills’ and instead refer to them as the four critical elements of learning (the 4 C’s):
collaborationcommunicationcritical thinking and problem solvingcreativity and innovation
In today’s classrooms, technology can play an important role in teaching the four critical elements, but is it absolutely necessary? What would happen if all the lights went out, like they did in Revolution? Would these skills still be important to our students and their future success?"
Via John Evans, Dean J. Fusto