Learn the meaning of the words and terms central to any discussion about 21st century learning.
Civic Literacy: Participating in and understanding the roles and responsibilities of individuals and local, state, national, and/or global governments; including the implications their decisions have on others.
Collaboration: Working effectively, respectfully, and responsibly with others to accomplish a common goal; incorporating compromise, flexibility, and appreciation of the work of others in a multi-cultural environment.
Communication: Using different forms of communication for a variety of purposes, listening effectively and articulating thoughts in many different environments (including culturally diverse environments).
Creativity: Using different techniques, generating new and worthwhile ideas as an individual or group, then refining, analyzing, and evaluating the idea to improve it.
Financial Literacy: Making informed decisions about using and managing money in personal and global arenas.
Global Awareness: Understanding, learning about, appreciating, and participating in worldwide relationships between countries, cultures, religions, and/or individuals.
Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Literacy: Using and applying the appropriate technology in any situation.
Information Literacy: Accessing information effectively, using it accurately, evaluating it critically, and managing its flow while understanding the legal/ethical issues in regards to that information.
Innovation: Using creativity to make a tangible and useful contribution to society.
Life and Career Skills: Developing the ability to navigate through complex life situations and globally competitive work environments. This includes: flexibility, adaptability, initiative, self-direction, social skills, and cross-cultural skills.
Media Literacy: Analyzing, examining, using, and applying communication (in any form), keeping in mind its effect on individuals and behaviors while also understanding the surrounding ethical and legal consequences.
21st Century Support Systems: Foundational practices that ensure both educators and students receive the expertise necessary to be effective contributors in the 21st century classroom. These include: 21st century standards, assessment skills, 21st century curriculum and instruction, and 21st century professional development.