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It’s hard to argue that we shouldn’t aspire to have 21st century classrooms. After all, we are now almost 15 years into the 21st Century. The difficulty is we (global education) probably skipped 20th Century classrooms and taught a 19th century model for over 200 years, making it a bit hard to “suddenly” embrace change. Nevertheless, we need to become adaptive learners who can shift their thinking to meet the needs of the time, and in so doing we equip our students with the capabilities they need for a future we cannot predict. What skills and capabilities will they need? Children will need to be able to communicate using many forms including writing and speaking but also be savvy with social media and quick to learn presentation tools. They will need to be able to work collaboratively in teams, problem-solving and critically thinking to develop solutions, and being creative enough to design and use new technologies, create new jobs, and envision different opportunities. They will need perseverance, a sense of humour, be open to new learning, be able to build on prior knowledge. This You Tube link is quite an eye opener for all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U For further reading visit https://cais21stcentury.wikispaces.com/List+of+21st+Century+Skills or Google “21st Century learning Skills”. Come along and learn more at our Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 6.00 pm. Mark your calendars.