21st Century Education
A Framework for 21st Century Learning, Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. Its Framework for 21st Century Learning presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.
Reagan, Bob. Why We Need to Teach 21st Century Skills–and How to Do It. Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, July 1, 2008 This article emphasizes that students need to learn how to assemble data in a meaningful way in order to succeed in a world where visual cacophony and information overload are the norm. They must be able to express the possibilities, interpretations, and implications that result from this massive amount of information. Additionally, students are increasingly ready to interact with multimedia. This high interest level and the platform's malleability result in new and exciting learning and teaching opportunities.
Hersh, R. A Well-Rounded Education for a Flat World. Educational Leadership, September 2009 The College Outcomes Project is based on the idea that students should graduate from college and be able to think, feel, and ultimately act in more complex ways than in previous generations. The increasing complexity of the world means that students ought to be capable not only of coping with it, but also of improving themselves and contributing to the world.