Best Resources You Should Know to Learn About 21st Century Skills

Best Resources You Should Know to Learn About 21st Century Skills


1. Media in the Lives of 8-18- Years Old

A national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that with technology allowing nearly 24-hour media access as children and teens go about their daily lives, the amount of time young people spend with entertainment media has risen dramatically, especially among minority youth. It includes data from all three waves of the study (1999, 2004, and 2009), and is among the largest and most comprehensive publicly available sources of information about media use among American youth.

2. 21st Century Skills: Evidence, Relevance and Effectiveness

A great resource that give insights on educational, literary and content standards. The need of changing the teaching ways. Skills that we can teach and skills that are inherited by kids in the process. Super model of education and a lot more!    

3. Learning 21st Century Skills require 21st Century Teaching

For students to learn 21st-century skills, the teaching patterns need to differ from those in the past. The outdated, transmission model, through which teachers transmit factual knowledge to students via lectures and textbooks, remains the dominant approach to compulsory education in much of the world, yet it is not the most effective way to teach 21st-century skills. Students are not developing 21st-century skills because they are not explicitly taught and because they are more difficult to assess than factual retention. The authors summarize nine lessons from the science of learning telling how students learn 21st-century skills and how pedagogy can address their needs.

4. Learning for the 21st Century

The report emphasis on the need for change and focuses on education that connect to students’ lives and education that reflects how people learn. It also mentions key elements of 21st century learning such as core subjects, learning skills, 21st century tools and assessment programs.  

5. A Crosswalk of 21st Century Skills

Hanover Research examines the framework of six different 21st century skills lists. These skills are subsequently compared with one another, to draw out the most and least common elements and themes.


1. 21st Century Skills

This video covers all the important skills of 21st century namely creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, media litearcy, information literacy, problem solving for learners.

2. 21st Century Skills: What Do We Do?

Amazing video addressing the current problems and the way that we can address them. We know our students need skills to be competitive in the 21st century, but what do we do to get them there. Know it all. Watch. 

3. Changing Education Paradigms

The video is adapted from a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award. A great video that will help you understand the education paradigms in better ways.

4. Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner

The video highlights the importance of embracing change. From cell phone and video games to Facebook and YouTube, digital media are changing the way young people play and socialize in the 21st century. Know how and why digital media plays such a crucial role in education sector and how by adapting it we cam make a difference in the students’ lives.

5. What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills: Grant Lichtman at TEDxDenverTeachers

A great TEDx talk that will help you understand the innovation that is needed in the education area. Also find out what he learned from three months on the road visiting 21 states, 64 schools, and the great ideas of 500 educators.

6. Assessing 21st Century Skills

This video highlights the importance of 21st Century skills in students, and how teachers can assess them.

What are your views on 21st century skills? How can we acquire them? Any other resource you would like to share?

About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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