The 21st Century Learner

A couple weeks ago, I was searching for an infographic or picture to depict 21st century skills. I came across this great picture using gears to represent each kind of 21st century skill. The picture actually lead to the Rocky View Schools' webpage and is used to represent learner competencies. After reading a bit on the boards website, I learned that Rocky View Schools is the fifth largest school board in Alberta and provides a wide range of educational opportunities to meet the needs of their students. This board provides learning opportunities that are connected to the real word and inquiry-based. 


Copyright 2015, Rocky View Schools

What I like the most about this image is how all the gears are connected to symbolize how 21st century learning takes place when all these skills are working together. For instance, collaborating with other students is a lot more effective and meaningful if students are also critically thinking and problem solving together. When students are information and media literate, their communication and collaboration skills are enhanced. Check out the Rocky View Schools video demonstrating 21st century classrooms in action! My favourite part about the video is the video itself and how it demonstrates the students' knowledge and literacy of 21st century technology!

Copyright 2015, Rocky View Schools

I very soon realized, after taking a closer look at the gear image, that each gear is a separate link to another webpage describing what the specific 21st century skill is and what it looks like when a student is demonstrating this skill. Take for instance Globally Aware. The webpage states "global awareness is the understanding of an interconnected world and a citizen's role within society." Underneath this statement, the following image of the gear has been turned into a mind map identifying what specific skills students should be using to demonstrate Global Awareness. The specific skills students should demonstrate within the larger 21st century skill are depicted as mini gears working together to make up that larger gear. Such great symbolism! Please click the image below to see the Globally Aware webpage or click the image above to explore all the different gears and their represented 21st century skills!

Copyright 2015, Rocky View Schools

Hold on!! Don't stop reading yet. It gets even better! After clicking into a specific gear, scroll down underneath to find a very detailed rubric to assess students' use of 21st century skills! Here is an example of the Globally Aware rubric. I can definitely see this being very useful to read and familiarize yourself with. As educators, this rubric would be helpful to identify what we should really be looking for when assessing 21st century skills. It may help provide guidelines to make sure your curriculum units are enhancing the big skills and little skills that 21st century learning calls for. You can click this image to go back to the webpage. 

Copyright 2015, Rocky View Schools

Overall, I am extremely impressed with the organization and detailed information regarding the Rocky View Schools knowledge and understanding of 21st century skills. It is so crucial as educators to understand that students not only need to learn the curriculum expectations, but they should further practice and demonstrate the skills needed for their future. I have heard many many times that the current generation of students are preparing for jobs that do not even exist today. Therefore, as educators, WE need to give students the opportunity to practice skills that will be helpful for their success in the future. 

Hope you enjoyed this read!
Rochelle :)

2 comments:

  1. This is a fascinating graphic in and of itself but having it be interactive is a stroke of genius on the part of the schools' web designer! It does a great job representing 21st century teaching and learning on a variety of levels by utilizing a simple, easy-to-understand visual metaphor. Great find Rochelle! Thanks for sharing!

    Mike

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  2. I agree Mike! I am glad you thought it useful! RVS did a great job depicting 21st century skills and really breaking them down.

    Rochelle :)

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