Wow, what a site for sore eyes! I am surprised at the information available for resources on the 21st Century Skills site. Want to learn a new avenue for 21st century technology skills? It is all there! I am fairly sure this Partnership is going to continue since the latest big-name companies to sign on are Walt Disney & Nellie Mae Education Foundation. They join an already stellar cast of Dell, Microsoft, NEA, Apple, Cisco Systems, and many others. You could say they have a reputation at stake, and will be offering nothing but the best for educators and students.
I wouldn't say I disagree with anything I found on the site for information. I was able to locate most of the links I wanted, although some easier than others. The information presented is clear and concise and tells it like it is. My problem with the site was in navigation only. I had to continue to backpedal and look under headings to find the information. I would really have liked to have hyperlink access directly to the documents or sites they mention. I am very interested in the new science and geography maps recently added, but I have yet to find them. I will have to visit the site listed as cooperating with P21 to check there. That is frustrating, because I do not always know where to look once redirected. I'm a point and click kind of gal, you know?!!
As far as using the site in a contemporary classroom, I think I will be able to use it for several reasons. The most notable is the impact the Partnership brings to the educational environment. I would like to see my own state, Michigan, added to the listing of State Initiatives along side many of the other Midwestern states. I will use the ideas from the Illinois and Wisconsin listings to start my own. Hopefully, I will be in the ballpark when Michigan finally is admitted. My students will be using web 2.0 tools, as I have previously blogged, to coordinate on homework and classroom discussions. I know the use of blogs, wikis, and podcasts will enhance their learning and contribute to their success in the 21st century job force.
anyway, those are my thoughts, not yours...feel free to leave yours!