Tech Skills of the 21st Century

Chapters 1&2

Past and Future

"We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist... using technologies that haven't yet been invented... in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet."

-Richard Riley, Secretary of Education under Clinton

Industrial Age Vs. Knowledge Age

  • Industrial Age focused on using natural resources to produce products we find useful, like gasoline and cars.
  • Knowledge Age focuses on using information to develop services we need like medical care and cell phone coverage.

(Pg 4, Trilling & Fadel)

Learning A Living & Learning Through Time

Executives of many corporations believe students graduating college are lacking in basic and applied skills. Down below are a few areas corporations believe students can show improvement in:
  • Communication- Oral and Written
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Applying technology
  • Professionalism


There are 4 universal roles Education plays on society's evolving stages. These stages remain constant through time and they empower us to:

  • Contribute to work and society
  • Exercise and develop our personal talents
  • Fulfill our civic responsibilities
  • Carry our traditions and values forward

The Perfect Learning Storm

For new ways of learning in the 21st century, 4 powerful forces have converged. They are:
  • Knowledge work
  • Thinking tools
  • Digital lifestyle
  • Learning research

Learning Research

To reshape our efforts in the science of learning, 5 essential findings have been put in place to meet out times:
  • Authentic learning
  • Mental Mode building
  • Internal motivation
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Social learning