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21st Century Fluency - Learning in a Digital Age - 2012: Home

21st-century skills refer to core competencies that students need to learn and utilize in today’s world. These skills include both content knowledge and applied skills such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving.

The 21st-Century Fluency Project

"SKILLS UNIQUE TO THE 21ST CENTURY: These are the skills that weren't necessary 10 or 15 years ago. Many of them have been created by teh emergence of new digital technologies. These skills included copetnece with social netowrking, online communications, digital citizenship, and 21st-century collabotation. This is a rapidly growing and constantly changing set of skills." (From the book Literacy is Not Enough: 21st-Century Fluencies for the Digital Age" by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes and Andrew Churches

The 21st Century Fluencies

"The 21st Century Fluencies are not about technical prowess, they are critical thinking skills, and they are essential to living in this multimedia world. We call them fluencies for a reason. To be literate means to have knowledge or competence. To be fluent is something a little more, it is to demonstrate mastery and to do so unconsciously and smoothly." (Wes Fryer blog post about a presentation by Ian Jukes on 21st Century fluencies)

National Research Council and the National Academies

At the request of several foundations, the National Research Council appointed a committee of experts in education, psychology, and economics to more clearly define “deeper learning” and “21st century skills". As a preliminary way to organize the skills, the committee first identified three broad
domains of competence: • "the cognitive domain, which includes thinking, reasoning, and related skills; • the intrapersonal domain, which involves self-management, including the ability to regulate one’s behavior and emotions to reach goals; and • the interpersonal domain, which involves expressing information to others, as well as interpreting others’ messages and responding appropriately."

From the Report Brief: Education for Life and Work
Developing Transferable Knowledge and
Skills in the 21st Century , July 2012

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