1. A TOOL TO MEASURE 21st CENTURY SKILLS
Microsoft has made freely available a whole school perception survey built around the Innovative Teaching and Learning Research (ITL Research). This was the first research to correlate the learning design by teachers and the skills development and demonstration by students. This whole staff survey provides insights into perceptions around teaching approaches, barriers to ICT integration, impact of professional learning and understanding of the skill-set referred to as 21ST Century Skills.
Many schools use this to measure the impact of whole-school improvement activities and also use this to ensure that the use of technology is driving the skills identified as being critical for living and learning.
2. RESEARCH TO INSPIRE INNOVATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICE
This is worth shouting about!
The Innovative Teaching and Learning Research Materials are all available in two places. This is the CORE RESEARCH behind the development of the 21st Century Learning Design Rubrics and much of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning assets.
1. www.itlresearch.com and now also in
3. COURSEWORK TO BUILD 21ST CENTURY LEARNING DESIGN ONLINE COURSE
Microsoft in Education have just released the 21st Century Learning Design online course. This used to only be available as a 2-day face-to-face workshop and now all the content, learning tasks and resources are available FREE. You do need to register at education.microsoft.com for access.
Begin the online course here
4. A CONVERSATION GUIDE TO SUPPORT LEADERS IN DEEP LEARNING CONVERSATIONS WITH EDUCATORS
The 21CLD Professional Conversation Guide is an integral part of a whole school approach to innovation. The guide provides scaffolded conversations underpinned by the ITL Research and 21CLD approaches to dig deeper into understanding the successes and potential opportunities in learning design to explicitly deliver essential skills.
Access the guide here
5. FREE WORKSHOPS FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL TO UNDERSTAND ASSESSMENT OF 21ST CENTURY SKILLS (the ATC21S content)
Today’s curricula do not fully prepare students to live and work in an information-age society. As a result, employers today are often challenged with entry-level workers who lack the practical skills it takes to create, build and help sustain an information-rich business. Although reading, writing, mathematics and science are cornerstones of today’s education, curricula must go further to include skills such as collaboration and digital literacy that will prepare students for 21st-century employment. Establishing new forms of assessment can begin a fundamental change in how we approach education worldwide