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K–12 Schools Should Teach Soft Skills to Prepare Students for the Future Workforce

Ed Tech Magazine – Joe McAllister

“While digital tools are woven into educational pedagogy nationwide, another component of learning may help educators give students advantages in a world not yet known to them. A 2017 Report by Dell Technologies estimates that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 — fewer than 12 years from now — haven’t been invented yet.” (more)

3 ways to better assess soft skills

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Eighty-three percent of teachers, 82 percent of parents, 82 percent of superintendents, and 83 percent of principals say it is equally important to assess both academic skills and nonacademic skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity, according to a new report commissioned by NWEA and conducted by Gallup.” (more)

What are 21st Century Skills?

Education World – Jim Paterson

“Educators are increasingly being asked to provide students with what are often called “21st century skills” – and it’s difficult to argue with the premise behind that initiative. Who wouldn’t want our students to have such abilities – critical thinking, collaboration, communications, and especially, problem solving skills. But experts are saying there are three fundamental problems for educators hoping to pass along these skills, even as research increasingly shows they help us learn in deeper ways as students – and to go on to be more successful and happy later in life.” (more)

Critical thinking and creative thought go hand in hand

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“The ability to think critically — to dissect and question what is being taught — is a crucial 21st century​ skill. At the core of this ability, through, is creative thought. instead of accepting information that’s given to them, children who are skilled at critical thinking have had the freedom to look at what they’re learning from multiple angles, break these elements apart, and look at them with a clear eye. In other words, students need to be creative in the way they think and examine material.” (more)

How to prepare students for the unknowable

E-School News – Adam Garry

“The workforce is on the cusp of a major evolution. But will Gen Z—those born after 1996 and just beginning to think about their careers—be prepared with the essential skills to succeed? Now more than ever before, educators have the opportunity and the imperative to engage students in learning tasks that ask them to think critically and problem-solve.” (more)

The 4 C’s of Learning in a Connected Classroom

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“K–12 schools transitioning to a connected classroom model should be focusing on four key aspects, or the “four C’s” of learning, to create a successful learning environment, according to a Cisco report on using technology in the classroom. For teachers with the latest smartboard or new Chromebooks for students, installing the technology is not the end of the process, it’s the very beginning. Once the classroom is connected, it can be difficult to determine how best to integrate these new tools into daily classroom activities. According to the report, the cornerstone of becoming a successful learner at any age comes down to the four C’s: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.” (more)