21st Century Skills

Why Students Don't Love History

What do you remember from history class? For Americans of every generation the answer might be “not much.” To history teacher Joe Welch, too many of today’s lessons still call to mind Ben Stein’s classic classroom lecture in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” (Anyone? Anyone?)

Nonprofit Arm of Salesforce Donates $15.5-Million to San Francisco and Oakland Schools

Salesforce.org, the nonprofit division of Salesforce, today pledged to give $15.5-million to two California school districts to bolster computer science education, train teachers, teach math in innovative ways and support projects to encourage mindfulness.Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced the donation during the annual ‘Dreamforce’ conference in San Francisco.

A Tiny Thanks Goes a Long Way — in Helping Students Forge Social-Emotional Connections

When was the last time you said thanks?Expressing gratitude with that one word may seem commonplace, perhaps even an afterthought. But research suggests that we say “thanks” much less often that we presume. The Australian researcher who led the study found that those who helped others were thanked in just one of 20 instances.

The Power of Place: Exploring the Future of Readiness in a Local Context

Across the U.S and beyond, stakeholders invested in creating positive futures for young people face a critical window of choice. The rise of smart machines is altering the ways that humans can and will engage in the workforce in the future, and our notion of what constitutes a “job” is changing as work becomes more taskified and project-based. These shifts require us to look beyond our current definitions of readiness and redefine what today’s young people will need to thrive in the future.

How to Help Students Land the STEM Jobs of the Future

For nearly 30 years, the global non-profit FIRST has been getting kids hooked on science and technology through hands-on robotics competitions featuring come-from-behind victories and breathless spectators clamoring for TV coverage. It all happens thanks to a network of corporate partnerships that let students peer into the real world of STEM careers while giving companies a chance to engage with ambitious and energetic students.

Four Reasons Why Students—and Teachers—Need SEL Embedded Into School All Day, Every Day

It’s no secret that educators who champion the whole-child approach also laud social and emotional learning (SEL) for its scientifically linked success in creating a productive, positive, less stressful school climate.

6 Key Principles That Make Finnish Education a Success

I’ve worked as an elementary and primary school teacher here in Finland for more than a decade, and spent five years as a vice principal as well. Our education system is widely considered one of the best, if not the best, in the world.

Britannica CEO Talks Google, Wikipedia and What Lil Pump Can Teach Us About Credibility

There was a time not long ago when people claimed to trust Google news results and Wikipedia articles more than the media outlets they linked to. In other words, up until pretty recently Googling was synonymous with a question answered.

Can an AR and VR Pilot Program From Google Prepare Kids for Future Careers?

Virtual reality has been the driving force behind Google’s Expeditions app since it launched three years ago. And recently it’s added another layer of “reality” to the virtual field trip tool—AR, or augmented reality to be precise, which take the form of features such as narration, annotations, and a new “solo mode,” going on virtual trips without a guide.

How a Classics Education Prepares Students for a Modern World

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.Ian Malcolm, Jurassic ParkAs described in our modern mythical tale, Jurassic Park, technology may not always lead to positive outcomes if implemented without critical thought, moral ground or inquiry. From cloning to social media, it is more essential to understand the ethical implications of an idea and how it will impact people than it is to build well-designed code.

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