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From the Editor: Preparing Students for the 21st Century

Abstract: In the September 2012 issue of the Primary and Secondary Education Brief, we explore 21st century learning in K-12 education. How do we define 21st century learning? How do we implement it into our schools? The topic of 21st century education and skills is not a new one for most K-12 educators—it’s likely a topic that’s at the attention of most schools and districts. But generally speaking, the conversations around 21st century learning have been focused on integrating technology into the classroom to help prepare a students for the future as workers in a global economy that relies heavily on technology for communication. But in this issue, we learn that the idea of 21st century learning has a much broader meaning than just integrating technology into the lesson plans. It’s about using this digital literacy to foster collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills that will allow students to be successful.

Keywords: Primary and Secondary Education Brief - 21st Century Skills

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