The Partnership for 21st Century Skills Releases Science ICT Literacy Map
Series of ICT Literacy Maps Help Educators Infuse Core Academic Subjects With 21st Century Skills and Tools
WASHINGTON, DC, 01/18/2005, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the leading advocacy organization transforming learning in the 21st century, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have worked collaboratively to release the Science ICT Literacy Map, providing educators with a framework for integrating 21st century skills into K-12 science education. The Science ICT Literacy Map is the fourth in a series of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy Maps, which are designed to help educators make the transition to 21st century teaching and learning.
“The Partnership’s ICT Literacy Map series represents significant progress in making the teaching and learning of core academic subjects more relevant to the demands of the 21st century,” said Douglas Levin, board member for the Partnership and Director of Education Policy for the cable industry’s education foundation, Cable in the Classroom. “These are practical tools designed to enhance lesson plans and, ultimately, better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workplace and the demands of global citizenry.”
The Science ICT Literacy Map demonstrates how educators can develop science lessons that combine 21st century learning skills, such as information and communication skills, with 21st century tools, such as the Internet and multi-media production tools. The map guides K-12 educators through a wide range of learning skill examples, as emphasized in the Partnership’s report, Learning for the 21st Century, and cites specific student outcomes demonstrating ICT Literacy success for grades four, eight and 12.
“The Science ICT Literacy Map is a practical tool that will help educators enhance their lesson plans with 21st century skills and give students a more thorough educational experience,” said Gerald Wheeler, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. “We are pleased to have collaborated with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills on a tool that is particularly valuable in helping science educators improve student learning.”
The Science ICT Literacy Map is the fourth in a series of ICT Literacy Maps available to educators to assist them in integrating 21st century skills into curricula. The ICT Literacy Maps are also currently available for geography, mathematics and English. All of the Partnership’s resources are freely available to educators, policymakers and individuals at www.21stcenturyskills.org.
About the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a unique alliance of education, business and government leaders committed to helping educators prepare students for success in the 21st century. Member organizations include: Apple, Cable in the Classroom, Cisco Systems, Inc., Dell Inc., Intel Corporation, Junior Achievement Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation, National Education Association, SAP, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Time Warner, Inc. and Verizon.
Based in Washington, DC and Tucson, Arizona, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is administered by Infotech Strategies. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization. More information can be found at www.21stcenturyskills.org
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