Meeting the Demands of the 21st Century Classroom

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Meeting the Demands of the 21st Century Classroom

The evolving demands of the global economy have compelled educational institutions worldwide to create different frameworks that merge core studies with interdisciplinary themes, promote creativity, and teach technological skills. These changes have also involved assessment methodologies, with more emphasis placed on formative assessment. While these have been relevant, it is our belief that if teachers want to assess both core academic skills and how well the 21st century skills have been assimilated, some additional components are needed. This paper shows how formative assessment can help evaluate both student understanding of content knowledge and the 21st century skills, when it is coupled with explicit assessment of collaborative learning and elements that encourage content to be taught in an integrated way. To put everything in perspective, we have provided a description of a how an IT-featured RSA Animate can be adapted to assess both the extent to which students understand a particular content knowledge and the acquisition of 21st century competencies.Keywords: 21st Century Skills, Formative Assessment, Assessment, Collaborative Learning, Integrated Learning, ICT

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