21st Century Skills and Project-Based Learning
21st century skills are identified as the life and career skills that people need to be successful in a rapidly changing digital world. Linked here is a quick video on the change that is happening around us and how 21st century skills in education is absolutely necessary
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How does 21st Century Skills Intersect with PBL?
21st Century skills brings together critical skills necessary for the work world of today and tomorrow, including the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity). But it is also about merging media/technology with the careers and life skills necessary for the 21st century. PBL works with them all. PBL fosters collaborative work environments, challenges students through problem-based inquiry, and gives opportunity to be creative with media and technology. PBL environments must be heterogeneous because it reflects the real world. People come from various backgrounds, languages, and families that contribute to an more global economy. To prepare our students for the heterogeneous world of work, we must have heterogeneous environments in our schools. Likewise, the real work world requires knowledge sets from a variety of disciplines and knowledge bases. It is important that school reflect this real world of work and life, where bridges between language, science, math, and the past contribute to everything we do and create.