180: Knowledge Age & enGauge 21st Century Skills





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Knowledge Age Skills
  • Creativity
    • new knowledge creation
    • new solutions to old problems
    • best fit design solutions
    • artful storytelling
  • Critical Thinking & Doing
    • problem solving – especially ill-defined problems
    • research methods
    • analysis
    • understanding of specific content knowledge
    • project management
  • Collaboration
    • cooperation
    • compromise
    • consensus
    • community-buildling
  • Cross-Culture Understanding
    • across various ethic, knowledge & organizational cultures
  • Communication
    • crafting messages
    • using media effectively
    • choosing right medium and genre for the message
  • Career and Learning Self-Reliance
    • Managing change
    • Growth mindset
  • Computing
    • basic computer literacy
    • selecting right tool for given tasks
  • Digital age literacy
    • basic scientific, mathematical and technological literacies
    • visual and information literacies
    • cultural literacy and global awareness
  • Inventive Thinking
    • adaptability
    • ability to manage complexity
    • curiosity, creativity and risk taking
    • higher-order thinking
    • sound reasoning
  • Effective Communication
    • teaming, collaboration and interpersonal skills
    • personal and social responsibility
    • interactive communication
  • High Productivity
    • Ability to prioritize, plan and manage for results
    • Effective use of real world tools
    • Produce relevant, high-quality products


Teachers can use the Knowledge Age and enGauge 21st Century skills to target, scaffold and assess skills that will help students learn better and will empower students to practice skills that will prepare them for lifelong learning and careers.


Preparation Steps
  • Evaluate knowledge and skills of the course
  • Make lists that specify how students will apply Knowledge Age & 21st Century skills to be successful in your course
  • Create character learning targets based on content versions of the Knowledge Age & 21st Century skills
  • Prepare scaffolding and assessments that align to character learning targets based on the Knowledge Age & 21st Century skills
Early Implementation Steps
  • Implement scaffolding and assessments that align to character learning targets based on the Knowledge Age & 21st Century skills
  • Use formative assessment feedback to refine activities and to guide students to revise their understandings and products
Advanced Implementation Steps
  • Collaborate with other teachers to develop vertical sequencing of instruction related to Knowledge Age & 21st Century skills
  • Develop routines that empower students to practice Knowledge Age & 21st Century skills



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