From the new issue of eSchoolNews, an interesting source called the 21 Century Skills Map which is focused on social studies but could clearly be used in relation to other areas of the curriculum. The document from the USA based Partnership for 21st Century Skills– based on extensive research and feedback from educators – gives examples of a range of skills including general areas such as creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration but also more specific skills such as information literacy, media literacy and ICT literacy. So it is good see that information literacy is recognised in such a report although there is a tendency to over emphasise accessing information in the IL section. While this report cannot be said to be definitive, given the range of views on what 21st century skills might include, it is nonetheless worth checking out and although produced in north America, it looks applicable to the curricula of other countries.
I’m taken to task (gently) by my colleague Lyn Hay, teacher, researcher, writer and golfer for referring to Le Tour – it gets more exciting by the day – and not The Open (aka The Open Championship), probably the world’s premier golf event which is taking place at Birkdale in England this week. For golf aficionados, this is a momentous occasion and I’m sure lots of people in Australia will sit up into the wee sma’ hours watching it. It’s good to watch but ce n’est pas Le Tour. Where I live in East Lothian, there are 19 golf courses (including Dunbar‘s main course, just round the corner from my house ), in a county which is only about 45K from end to end. So some great walks and scenery and, for players, as much frustration as you can eat, accompanied by the occasional shot which feeds the addiction and gets you back on (the) course.