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21st Century SkillsSolutionFluencyInformationFluencyCollaborationFluencyCreativityFluencyMediaFluencyDigitalCitizenTo prepare students for the 21st century six fluencies have been identified as the essential skills necessary for kids to learn in addition to the traditional three Rs of reading, writing and arithmetic.

These essential skills are called fluencies to describe the level of proficiency and comfort that makes it unconscious and automatic. To understand how these 21st century skills can be attained, each of these fluencies will be described in the context of a detailed example.

In an environmental science class student pairs were asked to select a controversial topic of choice related to the environment, research the topic, choose a stance on the topic, and present their finding to the class in a creative way. One student pair chose the idea of global warming.

Solution FluencyDescribes the just in time learning that involvesWhole-Brain ThinkingProblem SolvingCreativityExampleThe students were presented with the challenge of learning about global warming. They must solve the problem creatively in real time by designing an appropriate solution, applying the solution in a creative way, and evaluating the process and outcome. Their success with this challenge will determine the depth of their learning and their grade.Information FluencyAbility to access digital information to find the desired informationSurfing and searching skillsAbility to use a wide variety of information sourcesAbility to use a wide variety of digital devicesKnow where to retrieve information in various mediums, including text, images, sound and video.Information FluencyAbility to critically evaluate the data foundFind significant informationAssess the significance of informationDiscover bias in the information retrievedAccess the accuracy of data foundExampleWhen learning about the idea of global warming, the students had the ability to access digital information endlessly. They used their computers, Ipods, Ipads, and cell phones to access information in the form of text, images, sound and video. They found videos on You Tube, documentaries on the Discovery Channel, and even communicated with researchers at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks through the use of live video technology. The students needed to weed through the information to find what was significant, accurate, and necessary to support their topic. Collaboration FluencyAbility to work cooperatively with virtual and real partners in an online environment to create original digital products.Interacting with people all over the world with electronic and wireless communication technology.Example The students decided to present their findings by creating their own documentary on the topic of global warming. They worked collaboratively in every aspect of the project, in person as well as online, as they communicated between themselves and with the researchers from afar.Creativity FluencyThe process by which artistic proficiency adds meaning through design, art, and storytelling.Regards form, function, and the principles of innovative design.Artistic creation of quality, functioning products.ExampleThe pairs creative use of design, art and storytelling have added to the meaning of the story, created interest by the audience, and resulted in a quality documentary on the topic of global warming.Media FluencyAbility to look analytically at any communication media tointerpret the real messagedetermine how the media is being used to shape thinkingevaluate the efficacy of the messageMedia FluencyAbility to create and publish original digital products.Determine the most appropriate and effective media for your message.Convey ideas in a variety of mediaExampleThe student pair chose a documentary form to reflect their understanding of the topic of global warming. In developing their documentary they developed technical skills and skills in graphic design. They chose this form of presentation because they thought it would be the most effective method to convey their message and shape the thinking of their audience. The students publish their documentary to their class blog where fellow students and teachers, and maybe the entire world, can view and provide immediate feedback.Digital CitizenWhen using digital media one needs to havePersonal responsibilityAccountabilityConsistency in personalityEthicsEnvironmental awarenessGlobal citizenship

ExampleIn completing this in depth assignment both students demonstrated that they were digital citizens through their ethical use of technology, by being accountable and responsible for their learning, and for the product they produced and published.

Though I have only given one in depth example of how the 6 fluencies can be attained through a classroom assignment, nearly any assignment that offers choice, collaboration, research, creation and publishing of digital products will result in the development of one or more of the 6 essential skills outlined in this power point presentation. Information about the 6 fluencies came from Understanding the Digital Generation by Ian Jukes, Ted McCain, and Lee CrockettPower point created by Jennifer Nelson21st Century SkillsSolutionFluencyInformationFluencyCollaborationFluencyCreativityFluencyMediaFluencyDigitalCitizen