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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 9 Skills Students Must Master To Succeed

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Of all the things I have read about the 21st century skills required for students success in today’s info rich society, the visual below from edutopia captures the essence of these skills and touches on critical areas students need to work on to meet these skills.”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Great Poster on the 6 Questions a Critical Thinker Asks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“In an earlier post here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning I talked about the 8 elements of the critical thinking process and I argued that critical thinking is a cognitive process that requires disruptive patterns of thinking…Today I am adding to this discussion…the 6 questions a critical thinker asks.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Excellent Checklist for Evaluating Information Sources

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Digital literacy, as a set of skills that students need to develop and master in order to properly use digital technologies, is an essential component of the 21st century education….the second most important skill…is that of evaluating and assessing the validity of information found online. One of the versatile tools teachers can use to teach students about web content evaluation is called CRAAP . The acronym CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, and Purpose.”(more)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Elesapiens – Staff Writer

“Critical thought is a cognitive process that proposes the systematic analysis of information, opinion and statements that we accept in our daily life as valid or true. It is a basic skill for a competent, free and responsible citizen… It implies that students do not accept opinions or statements as valid without submitting them to their own analysis…”(more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Waynesboro gets a glimpse of 21st Century classrooms

The News Virginian – Bob Stuart

“One of Monday night’s presentations focused on the need for students to have a global perspective. Wright said students today are competing globally for jobs and sometimes interact with businesses overseas…The educator said it is important for students to learn foreign language skills and to be versatile enough to collaborate with someone of a different cultural background.”(more)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Teaching 21st Century Skills to Ready Students for the World of Work

Education for World Development – MOHAMMED A. KHAN

“What are the jobs of the future?…while we may not know exactly which jobs will come on stream, we have a good idea of which skills will serve people best in the future –analytical thinking, problem-identification and solving, time management, adaptability, and the capacity for collaboration and effective communication. And we know these skills can be taught.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

STEM or STEAM? We’re Missing the Point

The Huffington Post – Vince Bertram

“STEM education is one of the most talked about subjects in our country today — and for good reason…But what exactly is STEM education?…It’s about showing students how technical concepts relate to real-world situations and providing them with hands-on projects and problems that help them apply concepts in a new context. It’s about nurturing students’ curiosity and helping them develop creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills.”(more)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The power of interest

The Brilliant Report – Annie Murphy Paul

“In recent years researchers have begun to build a science of interest…When we’re interested in what we’re learning, we pay closer attention; we process the information more efficiently; we employ more effective learning strategies, such as engaging in critical thinking, making connections between old and new knowledge, and attending to deep structure instead of surface features.”(more)

Why Learning to Write by Hand Matters

Education Week – Susan Vachon

“There is a growing field of research that supports the French belief that handwriting is an important skill—not just for its own sake, but because it is correlates with other important skills and brain functions…the very thinking needed for the 21st-century skills of literacy, creativity, and critical thinking may actually be directly correlated to the acquisition of the very 20th-century (or earlier) skill of handwriting.”(more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How To Think Critically About Video Games

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

This is an article about why we need to teach our kids to think critically about video games. It includes some suggestions about how we might do it…Don’t just play games with your kids. Talk to them about the games. Teach them to be thoughtful, articulate, and critical of the games they play.”(more)