21st Century Learning & the Core Subjects


21st Century Learning & the Core Subjects

A place to collaborate and share resources about effective integration of 21st Century skills and strategies into the core curriculum.

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21st Century Learning Best Practices

Welcome to a collaborative space that looks at sharing resources specific to the integration of 21st Century learning. As a coordinator of a Title 2D grant, Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT), I am continuously seeking resources for implementing skills and strategies that prepare student learners for success. Our project centers around 'system change' and providing administrators and teacher leaders with tools and strategies to promote 21st Century learning environments in their school districts.
We have developed our goals based on criteria for "21st Century Learning" as put forth by the following sources:
· The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
· enGuage 21st Century Skills

Please feel free to visit our website for more information about our grant project.

Discussion Forum

Motivation 1 Reply

How do we motivate students who see no connection between the future and education?Continue

Started by dbalo. Last reply by Tasneem Gandhi Dec 20, 2013.

Skills in the Global Economy

How do we prepare students for a global economy in the curriculum we select?Continue

Started by Shannon Leasure Apr 30, 2013.

What constitutes a core subject in the 21st century? 18 Replies

I believe that we have to redefine core curriculum for the 21st century. We simply cannot talk about essential skills of collaboration, creative and critical thinking, flexible thought and just think…Continue

Tags: core_subjects, world_languages

Started by Toni Theisen. Last reply by Nicoleta Tecu Nov 14, 2012.

A suggestion for changing terminology

I want to suggest some corrections in terminology of Global Education and Global Thinking to avoid possible missunderstandings.As Global Education for many people means just international education…Continue

Started by Marina Bonser, PhD Feb 3, 2012.

Project invitation

Dear colleagues,Welcome to join the (free) ForumEducation 2012 projects:GlobalTeenagersLearning EnglishSelf-reliant LearningCode for Excellence in Education These projects focus on helping young…Continue

Started by Sven Cederberg Nov 19, 2011.

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Comment by Antonio Vega on December 11, 2012 at 6:14am

Hi everybody, I share this amazing story about a teacher from Colombia. Very inspiring: Knowledge on the Back of a Donkey

Comment by Robert Farazin on November 13, 2012 at 12:41pm

Hey, I am looking to make connections with people who are interested in using online educational videos in any language. We dub and translate any online educational video/course. 

Welcome to check our session website:  http://www.globaleducationconference.com/forum/topics/the-limits-of...

(live presentation on Wed Nov14th at 8am PST.)

Comment by YOUSSEF on November 11, 2012 at 8:11am

j 'aimerai former un groupe d'élève qui se lance dans un projet  de collaboration avec des enfants de même âge et qui parlent les mêmes Langues

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Comment by Thomas Stanley on November 18, 2011 at 12:57pm

I believe that 21st Century learning should be one with out borders. That the four walls of the classroom should be broken down into The Five Points of the Star!

By creating an Interactive learning experience in the online world students will learn the critical thinking skills they need to have in our globalized world. 
Here is the first of six posts on some ideas of how I feel this can be done. :-)

There are a number of ways to teach in the online world. Some programs are credit retrieval, others are expanded correspondence courses, and still others ask the student to do some thematic activities. Another exciting way to teach is to have teachers and students do highly interactive online/real-world learning experiences. This type of teaching allows us to do more than just teach using minimal learning experiences for our students.  It gives us the opportunity to challenge students to learn the material by touching all levels of learning. In this type of learning environment it allows us to expect more of our students.


Here are some ideas on how to deliver this exciting type of learning and an overview of what some of the possibilities are in our learning in the 5 POINTS of the STAR blended and online learning environment, later posts will define each of these ideas in detail. In order to have the students become highly engaged in their own learning and take the time to be better students it is necessary to shift into a different paradigm of learning. It is important to create an educational setting that allows the student to explore and engage in multiple levels of learning. To create this type of student engagement in the online world a student should have five very highly interactive experiences: student-to-student, student-to-teacherstudent-to-materialstudent-to-community, and student-to-technology. If an online program/class is able to build this type of learning experience the student will have one of the most exciting and memorable educational encounters of their career.


The best type of learning to develop each of these ideas is to have the student do some type of inquiry-based, project-based, or problem-based learning. These types of learning are not isolated classroom experiences but cross-curricular ones. For example, the work might be developed using a thematic structure that is organized and developed by the teaching staff and allows students to work toward their own projects or activities too. Combining the real-world resources, activities and the online experiences are some of the most valuable lessons a student can do. High to low-level students can master key interactive fundamentals if given the chance. Many times it is not bad to have cross-curricular themes for the younger students to work through in order to learn how to do the variety of learning projects.


It is an important part of interactive distance learning to ask students to actually master the content and do real-world activities. When a student must mentally, emotionally, and physically touch the material they learn the real skills that they will be able to use as a member of their academic and real-world future. If a student must use all of the academic disciplines to do their work and produce a product that has to be viewed, reviewed and restructured it forces them to learn all of the major academic skills they will use later in their lives.


If a school is built on these sound educational principles is will have one of the most robust learning communities in the online world. It is a type of learning that many students, teachers and administrators are not accustomed to and it does challenge our drill-and-kill mentality of education. In the next series of posts I will give some suggestions as to how to accomplish this task. I hope that the discussion that follows will begin to take all of us to the next level of online learning.

Later posts will be detailed explanations of the following ---Subpages (5): Student-to-Community Student-to-Material Student-to-Student Student-to-Teacher Student-to-Technology

Tom Stanley 

Comment by Elena Grigorouk on November 16, 2011 at 9:50am

Good day, Rossel Mulaire. I am a teacher from Russia.I have been teaching  more  than 20 years.

Your project is very interesting and I share it. Let"s try to change

twitter address. You may attend my course

http://learning.9151394.ru/course/view.php?id=7838  ( класс -key


Comment by pheomartin on October 24, 2011 at 9:32am
A QUICK read of what 21st century education will look like can be found at:  http://21stleadership.org/?page_id=175  

Comment by Katherine Bolman, EdD on April 7, 2011 at 7:19pm

Rosssel, I think you and your students will be interested in the site I am building. http://www.ahaafoundation.org/AHAA_HOME/1.Introduction_new.html

I wonder if any of your students would like to build micro lessons about the art, history and art history of Mexico. If so I would love to have help with the earliest known art in Mexico. The other thing I would like to know is when did writing first start in Mexico.

I am redesigning the look of the site, all comments welcome, and working on relinking some of the links that have been broken in the process.

When you find broken links please tell me!



Comment by Rossel Mulaire on April 5, 2011 at 10:44am

Good morning.....calling all teachers, students, colleagues, etc...

My name is Rossel Mulaire. I am a Canadian teacher who has been living and working in Monterrey, Mexico since 2004. For the past two years, I have been teaching 8th and 9th grade Social Studies/World History. My other responsibilities include being our school's Model United Nation's advisor and Social Studies Department Head. I have taught many different grade levels (first through tenth grades), in Canada, South Korea, and Mexico.

I recently started a little project on Twitter with my 8th and 9th graders, tweeting daily about historical facts and events, sort of like a "this day in history". We are wondering if you'd be able to give out our twitter address to students and teachers. Not only wherever you find yourselves now, but anywhere else you may have contacts. We see this as a great way to teach and appreciate history, bit by bit, one small step at a time. We are trying to use technology to reach more students, and to open dialogue with students and teachers around the world.

If you are in a position to help us, please do so by JOINING US ON TWITTER and by sending our twitter address to students and colleagues, past and present. Ask them to follow our many daily tweets. At the moment, we are tweeting about historical events and facts from around the world. We'd love to see students commenting on our tweets, and also, by adding to our project by posting historical content from their respected countries.

We are hoping to hear from teachers and students from all  parts of the world! The students are keeping a record of the various countries following us! Please help out by following us. The more people (students, teachers, family members, etc) we have following us, the more excited the students get. This excitement then becomes a motivator to continue! Help us make learning about history a little more interesting!

Our  twitter address is: www.twitter.com/rosselmulaire

Please feel free to contact me anytime. I'd be happy to answer any questions or doubt you may have.

Rossel Mulaire

Colegio Euroamericano, 8th and 9th grade Social Studies


Comment by Kim Rakow Bernier on October 28, 2010 at 11:07am
The U.S. Partnership (www.uspartnership.org), along with 6 national K-12 co-sponsors are hosting a webinar on November 10, 2010 from 3-4:30pm PST/6-7:30pm EST. For more information read on...

Educating Students for Sustainability:
Case Studies from Around the Country

What does a student who is educated for sustainability know, do, and value that is different from other students? What skills, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs does a student educated for sustainability have that prepares them for active citizenship, higher education, 21st century careers, higher education, and life-long learning?

Join us for a webinar on November 10, 2010 from 3-4:30pm PST/6-7:30pm EST which will showcase promising practices in Education for Sustainability from across the country. The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development K-12 and Teacher Education Sector is pleased to offer this FREE webinar during National Sustainability Education Week (November 8-12, 2010).

REGISTER today to reserve a spot!

You will hear from teachers who are educating for sustainability as they share:

• Their vision of what a student who is educated for sustainability looks like.
• What they are doing that is working in their classrooms to educate for sustainability.
• How their school’s administration and community support this type of work.
• The challenges they have faced and how are they are overcoming them.
• Their favorite resources.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, American School Counselors Association, Association for Career and Technical Education, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education, National Science Teachers Association, and the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.

The webinar platform is sponsored by The Center for Sustainability at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.

REGISTER today to reserve a spot!

Kim Rakow Bernier, MPA
Outreach Director, Facing the Future (facingthefuture.org)
Co-Chair, K-12 & Teacher Education Sector Team of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development (uspartnership.org)

811 First Ave., Ste. 454 | Seattle, WA 98104 | facingthefuture.org
206-264-1503 F 206-264-1506 E kim@facingthefuture.org
Critical thinking. Global perspective. Informed action.
Comment by Patricia E. Barrett on August 26, 2010 at 8:43am
I believe that world languages are the key that unlocks the door to developing an interest in the rest of the world, to living abroad--even if for only 1 or 2 semesters--and to the ability to look at one's own country objectively. I don't see how one can develop a global perspective without the catalyst of learning a foreign language. That's where global awareness begins, as far as I'm concerned. I don't even think it matters which language one studies--they all help unlock the "my own country is the center of the universe" mindset.

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