Technology changes theway the world works. As technology evolves,so must the skill sets of those who use it. In order to remain competitivetomorrow, today’s studentsneed to develop techniquesthat readily adapt tochanges as they occur.
leads the wayin helping ensure that thenext generations acquiresuccessful skills for the21st century.
Our children live in a global, digitalworld
—a world transformed by technologyand human ingenuity. Given the rapid rateof change, the vast amount of informationto be managed, and the influence of technol-ogy on life in general, students need toapply current skill sets, as well as developnew skill sets to cope and to thrive in thischanging society.
The federal No Child Left Behindlegislation establishes technology literacy
as a core foundation for learning, callingfor academic excellence in the context of21st century technologies.
21st Century Skills go a stepfurther.
Advances in the cognitivesciences show that learning increasessignificantly when students are engagedin academic study through authentic,real-world experiences. The
21stCentury Skills build on extensive bodies ofresearch—as well as calls from government, business, and industry for higher levels ofworkplace readiness—to define clearly whatstudents need in order to thrive in today’sDigital Age.Along with the Six Essential Conditionsfor Effective Technology Use as describedin the
21stCentury Skills will contribute to the successof students as individuals striving to live,learn, and work in the Digital Age.
enGauge 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
21st Century Skills:
Helping Students Thrivein the Digital Age