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Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

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Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century


The Partnership for 21st Century Skills


To download a one page overview of the Partnership and its framework, click here.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for 21st century education to ensure every child's success as citizens and workers in the 21st century. The Partnership encourages schools, districts and states to advocate for the infusion of 21st century skills into education and provides tools and resources to help facilitate and drive change. Video on site http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/





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Since 2002, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has been working with states and communities to reinvigorate learning to meet the demands of the 21st century.  Based on this work, the Partnership believes there are seven strategies for a successful statewide 21st Century Skills Initiative:

  1. High-profile leadership
  2. Broad consensus and a shared vision
  3. Ongoing professional development in 21st century skills
  4. Standards and curriculum aligned with 21st century skills
  5. 21st century assessments
  6. An effective communications strategy
  7. An aggressive implementation strategy

Read more about the P21 partner states by browsing the links at the left.










The primary goal of the ISTE NETS Project is to enable stakeholders in PreK-12 education to develop national standards for educational uses of technology that facilitate school improvement in the United States. The NETS Project will work to define standards for students, integrating curriculum technology, technology support, and standards for student assessment and evaluation of technology use.




ISTE released new student standards in June 2007 at NECC in Atlanta, Georgia. The next generation of National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) were the result of input and feedback from educators across the U.S. and 22 other countries.


Massachusett's Department of Education - DOE

Massachusetts Department of Education

News plus information on resources, educational technology and programs.



DOE Technology Site



DOE Technology Curriculum


Draft of Revised Recommended K-12 Technology Literacy Standards  Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MTLC) have worked with a group of educators and business partners to revise our K-12 Instructional Standards. These standards incorporate the ISTE NETS and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills into three broad standards, which are broken down by grade level.



Technology Literacy and Information Fluency Standards and Benchmarks - Draft (March 08)

 Word Draft 3/08






Here is a collection of articles and resources relating to the changing methods and settings for teaching and learning in this era.


For a bibliography of books related to this topic, check the Professional Development Books page on this wiki.




Preparing Kids for the 21st Century: So, What's It Gonna Be, Eh?

by Patrick Bassett, NAIS President


Laptops in the Classroom: Mend it, don't end it

Consider how we might change the way we teach to incorporate tablets and our students' varied learning styles.


The Horizon Report 2007 Learn what technologies colleges and universities expect to be using in the next 1 to 5 years.


Educator Resources


The School Computing Wiki

 This wiki reflects the collective knowledge of hundreds of Independent School educators world wide. Your additions to their work is encouraged!


Gateway to 21st Century Skills

The Gateway to 21st Century Skills is a Consortium effort to provide teachers with quality materials and tools found on federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. Thousands of lesson plans and teaching and learning resources at your fingertips.


Education World

Education World has an awesome Technology Integration section where educators can read current articles in education technology and access great lesson plans. Great for getting some ideas for incorporating 21st century teaching and learning strategies in your classroom!


Educators' Resources on the WWW

This is a long list of valuable sites for educators. Here you will find resources, tools, ideas, and more.


Second Life

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 6,240,591 people from around the globe. There is an Educator's Island in Second Life where you can meet and interact with educators from all over the world.


Curriculum Resources


Best History Web Sites

 This is an amazing collection of sites for teaching all history subjects in grades K-12. It will take a while to explore it all, so go ahead and get started!


The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University

This site contains a wealth of resources and information, including a feature that allows you to build your own online timeline.


Media Studies.com

The purpose of MediaStudies.com is to help advance research and education in media studies and critical thinking.  The site serves as a hub - providing links to international news, media studies sites, and other resources for media educators, students, researchers,and the wider community.


The WebQuest Page

WebQuests provide guided research and project activities that engage small groups of students in learning through web-based and classroom resources. Hundreds of educators have already designed webquests, which are compiled on this page. You can also download a template to create your own.


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