21st Century Skills: Learning For Life In Our Times

As I read 21st Century Skills: Learning For Life In Our Times, I recalled attending an event in February hosted by the Independence Institute with special guest speaker Colorado’s State Board of Education vice chairman Randy DeHoff. Randy’s presentation brought about abundant thought provoking discussion and passionate controversial conversation about learning in the 21st Century. My post along with pictures can be found here.

Learning in the 21st Century is different than in the days long gone. Our children need to learn the skills to survive in a complex and connected world and the realization is that if our children are to compete in a global society then something has to change in the way our children are being taught. What we have been doing for the past 50 years won’t work anymore.

We all want the same for our children and that’s the best possible education. It’s important to educate and graduate students who can compete globally and are prepared for a lifetime of success. Whether our children are planning to enter college or workforce training programs after graduating high school, we all want our children to be happy, successful, confident and unquestionably prepared for the future.

Think about what surrounds your child’s life right now.
Wordle: LORI K-12 education
“Information and communication technologies, or ICT’s, are the quintessential tools of the 21st century”.

“Surrounded by digital media and media choices, 21st century students need to understand how to best apply the media resources available for learning, and to use media creation tools to create compelling and effective communication products such as videos, audio podcasts, and Web sites.”

21st Century Skills: Learning For Life in Our Times is filled with classroom vignettes, global examples, schoolwork samples, and
includes a DVD with video mini-documentaries of innovative practices that bring the skills to life and offer an exciting view of what teaching and learning can and will look like as we transform learning to meet the demands of the 21st century.

This is a great read for parents, students, educators, policy makers, business leaders, and anyone interested in our children, our future. 21st Century Skills: Learning For Life In Our Times is a detailed and informative book creatively written which speaks to how we move from yesterday’s industrial, cookie-cutter assembly line education system to meeting today’s demands of a 21st century approach to learning.

21st Century Skills: Learning For Life In Our Times is based on a framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Author Bios

Bernie Trilling, co-author of 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, is global director for the Oracle Education Foundation and the Foundation’s board member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Prior to joining Oracle, Trilling was a director for the Technology in Education group at WestEd.

Charles Fadel, co-author of 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, is global leader for education at Cisco Systems and the Cisco board member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Charles and Bernie also co-chair the Partnership’s Standards, Assessment and Professional Development committee.

Disclosure: I recieved a gratis copy of 21st Century Skills:Learning For Life In Our Times, but this had no reflection on my review.
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  1. This sounds like a great and appropriate book for today's parents. It's so true- parenting changes with the times and while some information and advice is timeless, other information becomes dated and no longer applies. I always tell parents that we have to teach kids to live in the real world that exists today. Thanks for this post, Lori, I'm going to look up this book!
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  2. Patti Creek says:

    Hey Lori! I'll answer the question you left on my give-away post several days ago first. Yes, I follow you. If you'll look on your followers' list between Mommies Monologues and zenniopt, you will see a "praying hands avitar and Pj's Prayer Line beside it. I don't get on and tweet much because I am a rambler and get frustrated trying to cut my paragraph down to 2 sentesnces. LOL! I do tweet my posts though. Anyway, I do follow you.

    Now as ;for your recent post. Not to say I wouldn't have loved to have children, (never been able to), but the thought of having them or even grandkids today scares me to death. Academically, it freaks me out. They try to make the kids grow up too fast and then wonder why they do what they do. The word "globally "bothers me because it is thrown around so easily. Maybe it's because my mind works differently than most. When I hear that word, my mind automatically goes to "One World Bank, One World Religion, World Health Organization (Global) all of these are a sign according to the Bible and it's not good. Well, I guess it depends how you look at it. I keep telling myself God is in control if the Antichrist bring all of these into being (in the near future) God is in control so maybe that means I won't have to see it. LOL! I know I probably sound fanatical, and that is why I say my mind works differently than most peoples. Most people are like Kay surah, surah, whatever will be, will be, I can't be like that. I've tried. Oops! Sorry, I accidentally pulled my soap box out. My main point was supposed to be that kid's mental childhoods are being taken away from them because of so called progress. They are too mature for their own good. I'm not saying that parents are in the wrong for wanting their children to be well-educated, I'm just griping about the harm that "progress" has done to them. Like you said our way of being educated is long gone, but at least we had time to enjoy life outside of school or a learning environment. Now, people have to start planning and working educationally and monitarily for their kids colleged the year they start school! That is sooooo sad! With education comes maturity, with maturity comes the loss of innocence. (imaginary friends, all of the ideas of the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny and so forth. It's jmust really sad to me. that we have to focus on this more than their "spiritual well -being, or their enjoyment of being a child.

    God Bless,

  3. I must be going crazy! I could have sworn I left a comment on this post. I know I read it because I remember the different colored picture. (what can I say, now you know what draws my attention LOL! Anyway, YOU ARE A WINNER OF MY BOOK GIVE-AWAY. Please send me your shipping address as quickly as possible so I can get your (I have 3 winners) names and addresses to the Publishing Company and you can get your books. God bless!

  4. Hey Lori, I'm sorry, I thought because your comment thing asked for my e-mail, that it would show up. Anyway, my e-mail is p.creek54@gmail.com

    Again, congratulations! I know you will like the boook as well as I did. I think I went through EVERY emotion!

    God Bless,


  5. How cool! I wish I would have seen the spell-checker before I posted my comment. I really can spell book. LOL!

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  6. Things are so completely different than when we were in school! And who knows how things will be when my girls reach high school and beyond.

  7. It is really amazing how much information kids today have at their fingertips as well as just coming at them!! Its a great idea to write a book about that…I'll have to check this out! Thanks for the review!

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