These skills are intended to help students keep up with the lightning-pace of today’s modern markets. Each skill is unique in how it helps students, but they all have one quality in common.
Let's dive into the three categories that 21st Century skills fall into.
Each 21st Century skill is broken into one of three categories:
Learning skills (the four C’s) teaches students about the mental processes required to adapt and improve upon a modern work environment.
Literacy skills (IMT) focuses on how students can discern facts, publishing outlets, and the technology behind them. There’s a strong focus on determining trustworthy sources and factual information to separate it from the misinformation that floods the Internet.
Life skills (FLIPS) take a look at intangible elements of a student’s everyday life. These intangibles focus on both personal and professional qualities.
The 4 C's of 21st Century Skills are:
Critical thinking: Finding solutions to problems
Creativity : Thinking outside the box
Collaboration : Working with others
Communication : Talking to others
The three 21st Century literacy skills are:
Information literacy: Understanding facts, figures, statistics, and data
Media literacy: Understanding the methods and outlets in which information is published
Technology literacy: Understanding the machines that make the Information Age possible
The five 21st Century life skills are:
Flexibility : Deviating from plans as needed
Leadership : Motivating a team to accomplish a goal
Initiative : Starting projects, strategies, and plans on one’s own
Productivity : Maintaining efficiency in an age of distractions
Social skills : Meeting and networking with others for mutual benefit