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According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the core competencies that our students need to acquire in order to be successful members of the global economy in the years to come are:

1. Core Subjects  (English, Reading or Language Arts; Math; Science; Foreign languages; Civics; Government; Economics; Arts; History; and Geography )and 21st –Century Themes (Global awareness; financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; health and wellness awareness).

2. Learning and Innovation Skills

  • Creativity and Innovation Skills
  • Critical-Thinking and problem-Solving Skills
  • Communication and Collaboration Skills

3. Information , Media, and Technology Skills

  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • ICT Literacy

4. Life and Career Skills

  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Initiative & Self –Direction
  • Social & Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Productivity & Accountability
  • Leadership & Responsibility



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All core  subjects, including  English, should be taught considering  all these competencies. It is a well-known fact that  today’s managers want their work forces to possess skills in “critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.” Therefore,   we should incorporate these skills into our lessons . The question is: How are we going to do it? In the following posts in this section, I ‘ll try to answer this question by giving examples from several resources. Please feel free to share your ideas and other resources that you think all of us will benefit from.



You can see the original version of this infographic at the ASCD Web Site.


The graphic below clearly demonstrates why we should reconstruct (or co-construct) education to meet the demands of the society (Education 3.0) today. It is broken up into three categories–Education 1.0 (the old way), 2.0 (the current way), and 3.0 (the future way).




This RSA Animate below on changing education paradigms adapted from a speech by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert, gives us clues about what changes we should focus on while re-designing our programs to meet the demands of the century we live in and the needs of our students.


  1. Merci beaucoup Madame for this blog . Your blog contains multiple links to other sources of information and websites.
    The ICT tools now open new fields of exploration and practice of teaching. Your blog provides us a space for sharing opinions and knowledge – a space where all languages teachers (english, french, german, spanish ) of TED İstanbul Koleji could learn from each other. I think it is a vehicle for encouraging interaction in our teaching practices.
    MERCI for this blog that gives us the opportunity to discover and follow the novelties,
    MERCI for the opportunity to contribute by sharing ideas and ressources,
    MERCI for this blog that is worth seeing.
    Nesrin Akyöndem

  2. A wonderful blog full of teaching tools and many resources. Thanks for all your support and leadership.

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