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21st Century Skills

21st Century skills embrace a wide variety of skills which teachers have always considered important but which are viewed with a new focus. These include such things as the ability to think both critically and creatively, and the ability to work collaboratively both with people one knows and with people one may meet only in a virtual workspace. New ways of communication are vital, such as the skill to create and manipulate digital information in a wide variety of formats. These skills also encompass building character traits and personal habits that employers value, such as integrity, leadership, and work ethics. All these skills and qualities can be developed in the process of gaining important content-area knowledge and skills, will help students be lifelong learners with the creativity and adaptability to master the rapidly expanding knowledge base and changing job markets of the 21st century.

As teachers and students focus more deliberately on developing these skills, netTrekker makes it easier to find supporting resources in a unified area called 21st Century Skills. To access these resources, click on the Browse tab (A) on your home page. Then choose 21C (B) in the Themes section. Scroll through the carousel of Theme choices, if necessary, using the orange arrows ( or ). If an arrow is gray, there are no choices available scrolling in that direction. By choosing 21C, you can find resources that explain more about the development of these skills.

Example of Accessing 21st Century Skills

Once you have navigated to the 21C Theme, you will see four distinct pathways:

  • 21st Century Content Themes

    21st Century Content Themes are universal themes or concepts that students generally do not study as individual courses or subjects but which will be critical areas of knowledge for students entering the global community and workplaces of the 21st century. These themes include Global Awareness; Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy; Civic Literacy; and Health and Wellness Awareness. These themes can be effectively woven into core subjects to provide students with a solid and well-rounded 21st Century education.

  • Learning and Innovation Skills

    Learning and innovation skills include the ability to think both critically and creatively, to collaborate with others to create projects and solve problems, and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Critical thinking can be learned through puzzles and logic problems. Creativity can be encouraged through brainstorming and designing open-ended questions and projects where a “correct” answer is not expected. Communication skills can be developed through authentic speaking, writing and publishing for real audiences.

  • ICT Literacy

    Information and communications technology literacy (ICT), also called digital literacy, is the ability to use technology as a tool to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and skills. Major areas of ICT literacy include information and media literacies, knowing effective ways to find, synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information from all types of media.
    Beyond teaching or learning how to use specific technologies, teachers and students can develop ICT literacy skills by choosing lessons that encourage or require the use of various technologies to acquire information, to learn content, and/or to show mastery of content. Then assess both understanding of content, and choice and use of technology.

  • Life Skills

    Life Skills encompass a wide range of character traits that are valued both in personal relationships and in the workplace. Teachers have always taught “character skills” by example. The difference in teaching these as 21st Century skills is in making them a deliberate part of lessons and helping students see how the development of these character traits will serve them well in the world of work. To teach or acquire practice in developing life skills, best practices suggest selecting lessons that give opportunities for learners to demonstrate positive social interactions, to practice productive behaviors, or to show respect for the opinions of others.

If you are interested in more information about the national focus on the development of 21st Century skills, you may find this link to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills particularly helpful: http://www.p21.org/.


Current Events

netTrekker provides an easy access to major newspapers, magazines, journals, and other new medias sources from around the world. To access these resources, click on the Browse tab (A) on your home page. Then choose Current Events (B) in the Themes section. Scroll through the carousel of Theme choices, if necessary, using the orange arrows ( or ). If an arrow is gray, there are no choices available scrolling in that direction.

Example of Accessing Current Events

With a structure similar to Browse > Subjects, once you access the Current Events section, you can drill down to find the Current Events topic that best suits your interests or needs. Once you reach the desired topic, you can click on any of the resources listed, or if available, click “View All Content for This Topic” to expand your result set.

Example of Drill-Down in Current Events


ELL (English Language Learners) Resources

netTrekker’s English Language Learners sectionoffers content and is designed specifically for students for whom English is not their first language and for the teachers who work with them. To access these resources, click on the Browse tab (A) on your home page. Then choose ELL (B) in the Themes section. Scroll through the carousel of Theme choices, if necessary, using the orange arrows ( or ). If an arrow is gray, there are no choices available scrolling in that direction.

Example of Accessing ELL Resources

The section splits into two pathways:

  • ELL Skill Development

    ELL Skill Development directs you to resources for reading and writing skills, listening skills, speaking skills, critical thinking, and fluency. For educators, netTrekker provides access to a broad collection of resources on ELL teaching methodologies (bilingual education, English immersion, scaffolding, etc.), assessment, research, and proficiency standards. An ELL Parent Support section is also included.

  • Multicultural Pavilion

    The Multicultural Pavilion provides geographic and cultural information on continents, countries, and regions. Resources on ethnic identity, acculturation, cultural sensitivities, diversity, cultural heritage, and social justice issues are also included here.

In addition to assembling teacher-evaluated digital resources, netTrekker’s Literacy Support Tools support your English Language Learners in several ways.

  • Readability – Filter your search results by reading level using netTrekker’s Readability Refinement Menu to locate resources with different measures of reading difficulty.
  • Texthelp – Use the Read Aloud feature of Texthelp to aid comprehension, allowing students to hear the text they are reading on any web resource accessed from a Search Result. Use the Dictionary/Translation feature to define unfamiliar words or translate them to or from English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and other languages.


Teacher Resources

netTrekker offers tools collected especially with teachers in mind. These include links to national teacher associations, education news sources, professional development, classroom resources, and state and provincial educational resources, as well as many other helpful sites for educators. To access these resources, click on the Browse tab (A) on your home page. Then choose Teacher Resources (B) in the Themes section. Scroll through the carousel of Theme choices, if necessary, using the orange arrows ( or  ). If an arrow is gray, there are no choices available scrolling in that direction.

With a structure similar to Browse > Subjects, once you access the Teacher Resources section, you can drill down to find the Teacher Resource topic that most suits your interests or needs. Once you reach the desired topic, you can click on any of the resources listed, or if available, click “View All Content for This Topic” to expand your result set.

Example of Accessing Teacher Resources

Example of Drill-Down in Teacher Resources

 

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