Friday, May 27, 2011
Partnership for 21st Century Skills website
At first glance the site for Partnership for 21st century skills (http://www.p21.org/) was overwhelming. The site hold approximately 162 videos that range from short public service announcement type spots that proclaim the importance of the sites mission to snippets of key note speakers, panel discussions, and teachers. There are a multitude of links that lead you to articles regarding the need for these skills along with skills maps and readiness guides. There are also pages that refer you to professional development opportunities.
A person needs more than a week to thoroughly investigate all the facets of this site. What I found to be most useful was the resource 21st Century Skills Arts Map found on the Publications page (http://www.p21.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=504&Itemid=185#ict)
The map dedicates a page to each 21st century skill (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, creativity and innovation, collaborative, information and media literacy skills, and contextual learning skills). Within that page there is a definition of the skill, an interdisciplinary theme, and samples of student outcomes. The pages are divided into grade levels of 4th, 8th, and 12th to show a progression. Each outcome is labeled to identify which art discipline the example covers, visual art, music, theater, or dance.
This publication is easily downloaded as a PDF file. It goes a long way to providing excellent examples of how to integrate these skill sets into the art content. To my surprise, not all of the examples were necessarily technology based. Some involved collaboration and communication away from that resource. This was reassuring as my access to technology is slight given my placement. I do what I can to horn in on the computer lab schedule as my room only has one computer (mine). This document gives me somewhere to start. My only disappointment for this document was that they did not provide an example for each discipline for every skill. I suppose the critical thinking and problem-solving portion of my 21st century skills will have to come to the forefront for those areas.
All in all, this site is easy to navigate and jam packed with information. I will continue to explore and save those documents and videos that best fit my current situation and use them as a springboard for my own professional development.