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Technology Helps Students Learn New Skills, Schools Track Success

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Technology Helps Students Learn New Skills, Schools Track Success

Creating an Academic Program for the 21st Century

Successful eLearning programs that encompass technology and media literacy lay the foundation for a skilled, educated workforce. An effective school program includes:
• 21st century skills and content knowledge
• Deep understanding of subjects, rather than just shallow, rote knowledge
• Understanding of real-world data, tools, and experts that students will encounter and they continue their education and ultimately enter the working world

As these elements are put into place, it’s important to assess mastery by students.

Creating Assessments that Matter
Today, every school system has its own academic performance assessment, usually driven by national academic standards that are set by the government. Those standards often include metrics such as an increase in reading literacy, for example.

Unfortunately, many traditional assessments do not measure a student’s mastery of 21st century skills. Technology offers an opportunity to broaden those standards, improve assessment of student performance, and ultimately enhance curriculums to raise the academic bar.

An effective student assessment will:
• Gauge a student’s prior knowledge and readiness
• Focus on 21st century skills and expertise
• Encourage the student to self-direct and collaborate
• Provide diagnostic feedback to both teachers and students
• Check for understanding and encourage the student to think broadly about a subject, as well as focusing within that subject content area
• Demonstrate a student’s understanding and skill

Read the full Technology Helps Students Paper.