21st Century Learning Symposium

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21st Century Learning Symposium

Time: August 25, 2011 from 8am to 3:30pm
Location: Marysville High School
Street: 555 East Huron Blvd.
City/Town: Marysville, MI 48040
Website or Map: http://www.sccresa.org/toolsf…
Phone: 810-455-4001
Event Type: learning, symposium
Organized By: Joanne E. Hopper, Ed.D.
Latest Activity: Jul 18, 2011

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There is a growing sense of urgency among educators, parents, policy makers and the business community to provide students with skills that will enable them to compete with their peers internationally. These extend beyond the basics, to new knowledge and skills that prepare students for a digital economy. We must better understand the ever-evolving technologies and their impact on learners and learning if we are to give our students the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century.

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Comment by tom abeles on July 15, 2011 at 7:28am

We keep talking about giving students 21st century skills, yet we are having trouble delivering basic reading, composition and numeracy skills w/many graduating not just from secondary, but also post secondary lacking these skills. Just what skills are we talking about and do these allow us to jump over the basics or will they incorporate these areas automatically?


We forget that, today, knowledge is fungible (has value) and is transferable across geo-political boundaries meaning knowledge work, as we know, today, can be obtained at the click of a mouse from across cyberspace. Thus the value or cost of this knowledge is asymptotically approaching zero. We know this at the post secondary level with all the open education resources which are starting to appear at lower levels (CF Kahn Academy). Just as post secondary institutions are becoming concerned, it may be time that secondary schools also start reconsidering their purpose.


Clayton Christensen's idea of disruptive innovation for mature industries is just being understood at the post secondary level. Maybe the real issue is not what is being taught but rethinking the basic education model itself.

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