It is no longer enough that we educate only to the standards of the traditional literacies. If students are to survive, let alone thrive, in the 21st-century culture of technology-driven automation, abundance, and access to global labor markets, then independent thinking and its corollary, creative thinking, hold the highest currency.
To be competent and capable in the 21st century requires a completely different set of skills. These 21st-century fluencies (Solution Fluency, Information Fluency, Creativity Fluency, Media Fluency, Collaboration Fluency, and Global Digital Citizenship) are identified and explained in detail in this book as processes that can be learned and applied by students.
"If you realize that 20th century education really isn't serving either adults or children well in this day and age, this book is for you. It is all about using technology to build the kid of critical thinking and reasoning skills that a connected global world requires. Many practical tips are included."
"It is so wonderful to have a resource like this to inspire and direct my professional practice. The authors ahve hit the nail on the head (must be a locally required job)."
"Enjoyed the book immensely. It provided a critical insight into the flexibility needed to address the issues of 21st century education. As teachers we need to continue re-imagine how we work with students. Schools are now virtual organisations that need to react to the here and now."
"A relevant book that calls educators to action. Easy to understand, simple to follow and an excellent source for information. This book will change the professional practices of teachers and benefit the lives of the digital generation."
"Integrating relevance, purpose and meaning into our educational strategies has long been my guiding philosophy and desire, and so it is with pleasure that I have been recommending LNE to the teachers and schools that I work with. The book provides a practical. step by step approach on how to take project based learning to the next level, a level that enables students to be proficient not only as students, but as citizens of this world."
Nikos Theodosakis, author of The Director in the Classroom
"This book outlines a new and fundamentally different paradigm for teaching and learning based on progressive withdrawal. Our responsibility must be to ensure that students no longer need us by the time they graduate from school. LNE explains how educators can continue to teach traditional content while simultaneously teaching students the essential skills they will need to survive in the culture of the 21st century."
Dr. Matt McClure, Superintendent, Cross County School District and Arkansas Superintendent of the Year
"Lee Crockett came to our school district this fall to speak about 21st Century Skills. This goes far beyond just use of technology, but rather looking at the application of skills and knowledge through projects students are interested in doing. Don't we all go far above and beyond if we like what we are doing? Aren't students the same? Innovation and the higher levels of the new Bloom are critical for schools to adopt. This is an excellent book to get the conversations going on how to make our schools appicable to today's world and not museums."
Alleta K. Baltes
"This book explains clearly and concisely why education needs to move beyond mastery of content recall. Our students' success in work, life and play will greatly depend on their ability to interpret and apply old and new information alike to new situations problems and environments. This book provides a step-by-step explanation of how to do this. Highly recommended!"
Dr. Cynthia Chandler, School of Education, National University