TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION AND 21st CENTURY SKILLS
 
The State College Technology Education Department believes that STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Is the cornerstone to student success with 21st Century Skills Development.
 
 
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The 21st Century Skills and ePortfolio initiative is focused on encouraging teachers to incorporate 21st Century Skills into their teaching.
 
The 21st Century Skills model SCASD is using is based on model developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

State College is developing an ePortfolio system that students will use to capture works that represent their application of 21st Century Skills. The ePortfolio system is currently being piloted by a group of teachers at all levels of the District.  We anticipate that all students will begin using the ePortfolio in the 2011-12 school year.  All teachers will have the opportunity to participate in a staff development program about 21st Century Skills, and to use the ePortfolio system with their students.

When students submit an item to the ePortfolio they attach one or more of the SCASD 21st Century Skills to the item.  For each skill, they also attach a written or recorded audio reflection about how the 21st Century Skill relates to the item.
 
An "artifact " could be a digital photograph of a collage or poster, CAD drawing, digital copy of a written report, photograph of a manufacturing project, rocket, car, robot, electronics project, literally any item that a student felt was of educational importance to their school experience.  The student can include them in their yearly updates to their school portfolio (ePortfolio).

Teachers will be able to access their students' ePortfolios.  Parents will also be able to access their child's ePortfolio through the District Online Portal.
 
 
SCASD Middle School 21st Century Skills:
 
Grade 6: SCASD 21st Century Skills
 
Creativity: Which of your own ideas are included in this artifact (work)? How do these ideas show your creativity?
Innovation: What creative ideas of others did you incorporate in this artifact (work)? How did you use these ideas to create
something new?
Critical Thinking: Of all the information (text, ideas, images, etc.) you considered for this project, how did you decide what to include in
this artifact (work)?
Problem Solving: What strategies did you use to identify a solution to the problem addressed by this artifact (work)?
Communication: What in this artifact (work) demonstrates that you listened to others' ideas? How did listening to others help you to form
your own ideas and communicate them to others?
Collaboration: How does the artifact (work) demonstrate your ability to work, learn or play effectively in a group? What strategies
(listening, compromising, brainstorming, sharing responsibilities, etc.) did your team use in accomplishing the group goal?
Information Literacy:  What strategies did you use to manage and organize the information you gathered for this artifact? What strategies did
you use to maintain academic integrity (citing sources, using original work, etc.)
Media Literacy: What ethical and legal standards did you consider when creating this artifact (work)?
ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy:
Which technology tool(s) (internet, video software, camera, etc.) were most effective in the creation of this artifact
(work)? Explain how the tool(s) made your work more effective or more efficient, or both.
Flexibility: Describe how feedback from your peers or adults helped to improve this artifact (work)?
Adaptability: What unexpected challenges or goal/priority changes did you encounter in creating this artifact? How did these changes
impact your final product?
Initiative: How does your artifact (work) reflect your ability to set goals? Describe how you used your time effectively to complete
the project.
Self-Direction: What self assessment and revision did you use in creating this artifact (work)?
Social Skills: How does this artifact (work) show your ability to act in a responsible, respectful manner?
Cross-Cultural Skills How does this artifact (work) demonstrate your ability to interact with, and respect people with different ideas,
backgrounds or values?
Productivity: What other responsibilities (school, outside school) did you have when you created this artifact (work)? How did you
balance those responsibilities and still create this project?
Accountability: How does this artifact (work) reflect your efforts to produce a high quality project?
Leadership: How does this artifact (work) show that you were able to inspire others to do their best and work together toward a
common goal?
Responsibility: How does this artifact (work) reflect your responsibility to others in your school community or in the world outside of
school?
 
Grade 7:  SCASD 21st Century Skills
 
Creativity: Which of your own ideas are included in this artifact (work)? How do these ideas show your creativity?
Innovation: What creative ideas of others did you incorporate in this artifact (work)? How did you use these ideas to create
something new?
Critical Thinking: Of all the information (text, ideas, images, etc.) you considered for this project, how did you decide what to include in
this artifact (work)?
Problem Solving: What strategies did you use to identify a solution to the problem addressed by this artifact (work)?
Communication: What in this artifact (work) demonstrates that you listened to others' ideas? How did listening to others help you to form
your own ideas and communicate them to others?
Collaboration: How does the artifact (work) demonstrate your ability to work, learn or play effectively in a group? What strategies
(listening, compromising, brainstorming, sharing responsibilities, etc.) did your team use in accomplishing the group goal?
Information Literacy: What strategies did you use to manage and organize the information you gathered for this artifact? What strategies did
you use to maintain academic integrity (citing sources, using original work, etc.)
Media Literacy: What ethical and legal standards did you consider when creating this artifact?
ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy
Which technology tool(s) (internet, video software, camera, etc.) were most effective in the creation of this artifact
(work)? Explain how the tool(s) made your work more effective or more efficient, or both.
Flexibility: Describe how feedback from your peers or adults helped to improve this artifact (work)?
Adaptability: What unexpected challenges or goal/priority changes did you encounter in creating this artifact? How did these changes
impact your final product?
Initiative: How does your artifact (work) reflect your ability to set goals? Describe how you used your time effectively to complete
the project.
Self-Direction: What self assessment and revision did you use in creating this artifact (work)?
Social Skills: How does this artifact show your ability to act in a responsible, respectful manner?
Cross-Cultural Skills: How does this artifact reflect your ability to interact with, and respect people with different ideas, backgrounds or values?
Productivity What other responsibilities (school, outside school) did you have when you created this artifact? How did you balance
those responsibilities and still create this project?
Accountability: How does this artifact reflect your efforts to produce a high quality project?
Leadership How does this artifact show that you were able to inspire others to do their best and work together toward a common
goal?
Responsibility: How does this artifact reflect your responsibility to others in your school community or in the world outside of school?
 
Grade 8: SCASD 21st Century Skills
 
Creativity: Which of your own ideas are included in this artifact (work)? How do these ideas show your creativity?
Innovation:  What creative ideas of others did you incorporate in this artifact (work)? How did you use these ideas to create
something new?
Critical Thinking: Of all the information (text, ideas, images, etc.) you considered for this project, how did you decide what to include in
this artifact (work)?
Problem Solving: What strategies did you use to identify a solution to the problem addressed by this artifact (work)?
Communication:  What in this artifact (work) demonstrates that you listened to others' ideas? How did listening to others help you to form
your own ideas and communicate them to others?
Collaboration: How does the artifact (work) demonstrate your ability to work, learn or play effectively in a group? What strategies
(listening, compromising, brainstorming, sharing responsibilities, etc.) did your team use in accomplishing the group goal?
Information Literacy: How did you determine that the information you used is accurate and credible? What strategies did you use to maintain
academic integrity (citing sources, using original work, in text citations, etc.)
Media Literacy: What ethical and legal standards did you consider when creating this artifact?
ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy:
Which technology tool(s) (internet, video software, camera, etc.) were most effective in the creation of this artifact
(work)? Explain how the tool(s) made your work more effective or more efficient, or both.
Flexibility: Describe how feedback from your peers or adults helped to improve this artifact (work)?
Adaptability: What unexpected challenges or goal/priority changes did you encounter in creating this artifact? How did these changes
impact your final product?
Initiative: How does your artifact (work) reflect your ability to set goals? Describe how you used your time effectively to complete
the project.
Self-Direction: What self assessment and revision did you use in creating this artifact (work)?
Social Skills: How does this artifact show your ability to act in a responsible, respectful manner?
Cross-Cultural Skills: How does this artifact reflect your ability to interact with, and respect people with different ideas, backgrounds or values?
Productivity: What other responsibilities (school, outside school) did you have when you created this artifact? How did you balance
those responsibilities and still create this project?
Accountability: How does this artifact reflect your efforts to produce a high quality project?
Leadership: How does this artifact show that you were able to inspire others to do their best and work together toward a common
goal?
Responsibility: How does this artifact reflect your responsibility to others in your school community or in the world outside of school? 
 
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