Competencies for 21st Century Learning
The competencies described in the Framework for Student Learning are the attitudes, skills, and knowledge that contribute to students becoming engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. The graphic below illustrates the relationships among literacy, numeracy, competencies and subject/discipline areas outlined in the Framework for Student Learning.
Explore related Education and Government initiatives and resources:
Resources related to 21st Century Learning from National Organizations:
- Alberta Teachers Association (ATA)
The Future of Teaching in Alberta (2011)
The Politics of Personalization in the 21st Century (2010)
Using Technology to Support Real Learning First in Alberta Schools (2010)
Tech-Savvy Teachers Provide Students with 21st Century Skills (2008)
21st Century Literacies (2007)
- Canadian Education Association (CEA), Education Canada
The publication Education Canada includes many articles about current educational research. Recent articles on the theme 21st Century Learning include:
Inquiry-based Learning: Three Alberta Schools That Know What it Takes (2010)
Sorting Students into Learning (2010)
Teaching in a Participatory Digital World (2010)
Work, Learning and Citizenship in the 21st Century (2009)
Hand On vs. Hands Up: Technology-Enabled Knowledge Building in High School (2010)
- College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS)
CASS recently commissioned a series of papers, each designed to extend evidence-informed school system leadership practice in Alberta. The second in the series, prepared by Sharon Friesen (Galileo Educational Network) and Jennifer Lock (University of Calgary), relates to 21st Century Learning.
High Performing Districts in the Application of 21st Century Learning Technologies (2010)
- Galileo Educational Network
This Canadian organization conducts and disseminates research about innovative, inquiry-based learning, 21st century learning environments. The website includes information about research and publications as well as classroom exemplars of inquiry-based studies, created by and for teachers.
Media Awareness Network
This website is home to a comprehensive collection of media literacy and digital literacy resources for teachers and parents. More than 80 percent of the resources are freely available on the website in both English and French.
Media Awareness Network website
The following report presents the findings of exploratory qualitative research with a purposive sample of teachers who are recognized by their peers for being successful in engaging their students positively and creating an excellent learning environment in the classroom.
Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III (2012)
Ontario Ministry of Education
The following is a final report prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Education that may be of interest:
Critical Review and Analysis of the Issue of "Skills, Technology and Learning" (2010)
- York Regional District School Board
Quest Journal 2010: Engaged Learning in the 21st Century (2010)
This issue includes articles on a variety of topics including Digital Learning, Leadership in the 21st Century, and Student Engagement.
Resources related to 21st Century Learning from International Organizations:
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Free full text of articles published in Educational Leadership on the theme of 21 Century Learning are available on this site. Examples include:
Teaching Screenagers (2011)
Teaching the iGeneration (2011)
Character Education for the Digital Age (2011)
Teaching for the 21st Century (2009)
- Metiri Group
This report provides a common understanding of what 21st Century Skills are, why they are important, and how they contribute to the success of students as they strive to live, learn and work in the Digital Age.
enGauge 21st Century: Literacy in the Digital Age (2003)
- National Middle School Association (NMSA), Middle Ground
Free full text articles published in Middle Ground and the Middle School Journal focus on the theme of 21st Century Learning. Examples include:
Meaningful Learning in 21st Century Schools (2011)
Digital Storytelling: A Tool for Teaching and Learning in the YouTube Generation (2011)
21st Century Middle Schools: What Does Success Really Mean? (2010)
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills
This United States national organization advocates for 21st century readiness for students. Their website includes resources such as the following:
Up to the Challenge: The Role of Career and Technical Education and 21st Century Skills in College and Career Readiness (2010)