Introduction to 21st Century Skills

Clif Mims


The purpose of this professional development is to increase teacher knowledge and skills in order to better equip students with 21st Century knowledge and skills.


  1. Engage teachers in problem-based (broadly defined) activities that model student use of digital tools and resources to achieve deeper levels of learning and improved 21st Century skills.
  2. Facilitate teacher development of technology integration lesson plans and student products that reinforce student attainment of state curriculum standards and 21st Century skills.


"The 21st Century Skills movement is a growing global movement to redefine the goals of education, to transform how learning is practiced each day, and to expand the range of measures in student achievement, all in order to meet the new demands of the 21st Century" (Source).


  1. What are students like today?
  2. Pay Attention

Building 21st Century Skills

  1. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    1. Framework for 21st Century Learning (.PDF, Interactive Map)
    2. Route 21 - a one-stop-shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources and community tools.
    3. Route 21 Snapshots - Videos and resources illustrating how to implement 21st century skills.
    4. Learning for the 21st Century: A Report and MILE Guide for 21st Century Skills
    5. 2009 MILE Guide: Milestones for Improving Learning & Education
    6. North Carolina's Initiative

Extended Learning

  1. Thoughts about 21st Century Skills from Robin Heyden


Unit 1: Instructional Design in the Digital Age

  1. 21st Century Skills
  2. National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers and Students
  3. Higher-Order Thinking and Digital Technology
  4. Making Thinking Visible
  5. Thinking Routines
  6. Multiple Representations of Understanding
  7. Effective Facilitation
  8. Inquiry-Based Learning
  9. Making the Curriculum POP!
  10. Designing and Developing Content for Online Learning

Unit 2: Learning with Technology

Unit 3: Technology Integration

Unit 4: Digital Citizenship

Unit 5: Other