Today's Agenda



Learning Target

5 minutes

In this part of the session I can:
  • Access the website where today's materials are housed
  • Meet the presenter
  • Appreciate creative differences
  • Virtual Parking Lot
10 minutes
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Activating Prior Knowledge
In this part of the session I can:
  • Assess my progress with 21st Century Skills
  • Collaborate with others around the vision of 21st Century learning
45 minutes
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Framework for 21st Century Skills Overview
In this part of the session I can:
  • Identify different attributes of the 21st Century Framework by creating a "catchy" slogan and apply that understanding to identify the 21st Century attributes in lesson examples
  • Explore P21 Skills Maps resources
10 minutes
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In this part of the session I can:
  • Reflect on what I learned about 21st century themes and tools
  • Make a connection between today's learning and standards in NCEES
  • Create a professional goal to continue my learning
50 minutes
Technology Playground
In this part of the session I can:
  • Use at least one of the technology tools introduced to enhance instruction
  • Demonstrate my proficiency with the technology tool by creating a technology product
80 minutes
Differentiation: Motivating Learning through Choice Activities
In this part of the session I can:

  • Demonstrate proficiency by creating a choice board
  • Identify possible technology options to use with choice boards in the gallery walk
10 minutes

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Letter B.pngFramework for 21st Century Skills
Our new North Carolina Standard Course of Study is built upon the new standards that demand a new approach to teaching and learning. This summer, educators across North Carolina attended Summer Institutes where they built upon last year's topic of the "what" of the new standards. The focus this year was the "how" of implementation.

As we discuss 21st Century skills in depth, a definition of each of the themes is included in the Framework Definitions document. You will need to review these definition to gain an understanding of these themes for our next activity.

To add your slogan to the Google Presentation Slideshow above:
  1. Click the gear icon.
  2. Select Open Editor.
  3. Find your slide and add text to the text box. You may need to resize the font to make your slogan fit.

Activity: Make it Stick

Slogans are used in the business world to leave a message in the mind of the consumer or audience. The goal of a slogan is to "stick". If you get nothing else from an ad, you get the slogan!

Guidelines of a good slogan include the following:
  1. It should be short
  2. It should be memorable.
  3. It should reflect your philosophy and target markets.
  4. It should appeal to your customer’s emotions.
  5. It should have a “ring” to it.
  6. It should work when written and said out loud.
  7. It should be specific.

Following the guidelines above, create a slogan that summarizes the 21st century theme assigned to you or your group.

Life and Career Skills

  • Flexibility and Adaptability (A)
  • Initiative and Self-Direction (B)
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills (C)
  • Productivity and Accountability (D)
  • Leadership and Responsibility (E)

Learning and Innovation Skills

  • Creativity and Innovation (F)
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (G)
  • Communication and Collaboration (H)


Information, Media, and Technology Skills

  • Information Literacy (I)
  • Media Literacy (J)
  • ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy (K)

Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes

  • All Core Subjects
  • Global Awareness (L)
  • Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy (M)
  • Civic Literacy (N)
  • Health Literacy (O)

Activity: Designing 21st Century Classroom Experiences

Each group will review a scenario that correlates with the group number on your table. In your group, discuss and decide which attributes of the 21st Century Framework fit the scenario you have been assigned. Reflect on the slogans created to help you remember the definition of each theme. You may access the sample lesson plans by viewing the presentation below OR clicking the links below the presentation. Be prepared to support your selections with evidence from the framework definitions and lesson examples. Feel free to extend the lesson to accommodate themes you would like to include if they are not present.

Activity PDF Files (If you cannot view the presentation above.)

If technology does not allow you to access the presentation and edit it, you may access the scenarios by clicking the link for your group below. After reading the scenario, you may take notes on which 21st century themes are present in the lesson example.
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Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
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P21 21st Century Skills Maps contains additional lesson examples for all of the 21st century themes. The Skills Maps are provided by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (

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Click each of the questions below to post your reflection. You may do so anonymously if you would like. Answer the questions by clicking tricider prompt box.png

Reflection Questions:

  1. What are your responsibilities as an educator to meet the needs of the 21st century learner?
  2. What commitment will you make to move up the continuum of having a 21st century classroom, school, or district?