Twenty-first Century Learning
Twenty-first century learning is the accumulation of knowledge, work habits and soft skills, including digital literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving, that will help students lead successful careers in the modern workplace. Students are expected to develop skills like these while producing content for their classes. This mode of learning accounts for an increasingly digital learning landscape, where students depend on accessing information via the internet and relying on virtual classrooms for content delivery.
Twenty-first century learning refers to developing learning, literacy and life skills as part of the classroom experience. Learning skills encompass critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication, which have been identified as essential for successfully adapting to modern work environments. Literacy skills, including information, media and technology literacy, focus on understanding figures, evaluating a source’s credibility and understanding the machines and computer networks that we rely upon today. Life skills include flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity and social skills. These skills help students strategize projects, maintain efficiency and network with others.