21st Century Learners need Global Competency not “Old” School Compliance

The shift needed between “Old” School and what we are striving for in the 21st Century.

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10 Questions about “EdTech” to ask your Kid’s teacher

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Are your children really gaining essential 21st Century Skills?  Is your school beefing up computer labs, getting wired, buying devices, and investing in teacher tech training? Are you hearing more about “blended learning,” “flipped classrooms,” and “adaptive software”? But here are ways to find out if your child is learning the essential 21st century skills they he or she needs to develop.

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from Common Sense Media

Wanted in College Grads….A tolerance for ambiguity and a “growth mind-set”

Too many recent graduates, however, approach their job descriptions the way they did a syllabus in college—as a recipe for winning in a career. They want concrete, well-defined tasks, as if they were preparing for an exam in college. “Excelling at any job is about doing the things you weren’t asked to do,” said Mary Egan, founder of Gathered Table, a Seattle-based start-up and former senior vice president for strategy and corporate development at Starbucks. “This generation is not as comfortable with figuring out what to do.”

Like many of the other 21st Century skills sought by employers, a tolerance for ambiguity is often developed early in life. The feedback children get from adults and teachers have an enormous impact on their ability to deal with uncertainty.

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Jeff Selingo @jselingo author of College (Un)Bound and upcoming book:  There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow, scheduled for release in the spring of 2016