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Bringing 21st-Century Learning Home to Your Student


Do you ever feel like it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the technology your child is using in school and at home? Edutopia.org recently released a free PDF download that might help you decode — and even help you bring home — 21st century technology learning.

The 10-page PDF is written specifically for parents, and it includes three kinds of information:
1) Online resources and projects sorted by grade level
2) Tips for bringing 21st century skills home
3) A list of additional, helpful resources

Activities for Every Grade Level
This section introduces three online games or resources for each stage in a child’s education; elementary school, middle school, and high school. Edutopia provides an overview of each game or resource, many of which are paired with suggestions about how parents can get involved.

One example, for middle school students, is an online tool that allows students to collaborate with kids from other parts of the world to compare water consumption. Parents are encouraged to get involved by leveraging children’s interest in the environment to explore conservation in their own households.

Ten Tips for Bringing 21st-Century Skills Home
Edutopia’s ten tips include a broad range of interests, including arts & crafts, communications, conflict resolution, gaming, volunteering, and opportunities like summer camps and Scouts badges.

Each suggestion includes a link to an online resource (a blog post, a website, a video, or an online community), making it easy to bridge your child’s existing interests with the 21st-century skills he or she will need in college and career.

Resources
Finally, Edutopia offers a list or resources for parents and teachers to use as you work together to bring 21st-century skills into your child’s education. These resources will help your child learn responsible digital citizenship, parenting and educational tools for parents, and even a few good resources for schools hoping to advance technology learning.

How To Get It
Download A Parent’s Guide to 21st-Century Learning free from Edutopia.org.

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Who is Edutopia?
Edutopia is where The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s vision to highlight what works in education comes to life. Edutopia is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

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