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21ST CENTURY SKILLS - INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

Learning these skills, your son/daughter will be able to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through speaking and writing. And as is so important in our culture today, he or she will be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse teams

By being flexible and willing, your children will be able to make necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal and assume a shared responsibility for collaborative work.

Information Literacy

  • Accessing information efficiently and effectively, evaluating information critically and competently and using information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand
  • Possessing a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information

Media Literacy

  • Understanding how media messages are constructed, for what purposes and using tools, characteristics and conventions.
  • Examining how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are included or excluded, and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors.
  • Possessing a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information

ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy

  • Using digital technology, communication tools and/or networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to function in a knowledge economy
  • Using technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, and the possession of a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information.

Watch this video by an eighth grade West Virginia student which demonstrates not only technology use but also excellent communication skills as well as knowledge of content.

What You Can Do

Get inspired at the 21st Century Learning blog.

Make it your goal to become "tech-savvy"... join a "blog" that interests you! What's a blog - click here to find out!

Show interest in gaming - and this online academic game site could be just the place to start.

Play a video game with your son or daughter, talk about the choices you have to make in the game and discuss the consequences.

Discuss magazine and newspaper ads or commercials you see on tv, ask questions such as "How do you think that might influence you?".

Don't be afraid to ask your son or daughter to help you on the computer, online, with your cell phone or with your mp3 player! And if you haven't used at least one of these...it's time to cross the great divide!

Learn how to text - at least know what it is!

Read "What Does Family Literacy Look Like?".