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NES Teachers Learn About 21st Century Skills

Tue Aug 12 2008

Teachers from NASA Explorer Schools learned about the skills students need for the 21st century and how teachers can help students develop those skills.

Laurie Ruberg, associate director of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, spoke to Explorer Schools teachers during a one-hour videoconference on the topic of 21st Century Skills: The Importance of Professional Development at the NES sustainability conference held at Langley Research Center on July 23.

Ruberg said a profound gap exists between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces. Ruberg explained why schools must align classroom environments with real-world environments while infusing 21st century skills.

A copy of the PowerPoint and a list of relevant web resources put together for this presentation are posted on EdTech Collaborative, a NASA-funded website created by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future at the Center for Educational Technologies to share best practices in educational technology.