Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Work Skills for 2020

The first iPad blog post shared information about the skills our students need for life in the 21st century. These 21st century skills are used by schools all over the world as they move away from the content-based curriculum of the 20th century. It is clear in our ever changing world that citizens need the skills to be adaptive learners who can easily access information to be problem solvers and creative in all aspects of their lives.

A new listing of skills was recently produced by the Institute for the Future. The listing of skills and a full report can be downloaded from their site. It might be interesting for all of us in the ACDS community to "unpack" what each of these skills not only means but how we use them in our lives. As educators we continue to expand the curriculum to teach these skills as our students attain the attributes of our "Portrait of a Graduate".  

Here is a synopsis of the skills. 
  • Sense-making. The ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
  • Social intelligence. The ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
  • Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
  • Cross-cultural competency. The ability to operate in different cultural settings
  • Computational thinking. The ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
  • New-media literacy. The ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
  • Transdisciplinarity. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
  • Design mind-set. Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
  • Cognitive load management. The ability to discriminate and filter information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
  • Virtual collaboration. The ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

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