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enGauge® 21st Century Skills:

Literacy in the Digital Age


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Executive Summary

Growing Up Digital

A Digital Divide

A Digital-Age Economy

Digital-Age Learning

The enGauge 21st Century Skills


Digital-Age Literacy

Basic Literacy
Scientific Literacy
Economic Literacy
Technological Literacy
Visual Literacy
Information Literacy
Multicultural Literacy
Global Awareness

Inventive Thinking

Adaptability and Managing Complexity
Risk Taking
Higher-Order Thinking and Sound Reasoning

Effective Communication

Teaming and Collaboration
Interpersonal Skills
Personal Responsibility
Social and Civic Responsibility
Interactive Communication

High Productivity

Prioritizing, Planning, and Managing for Results
Effective Use of Real-World Tools
Ability to Produce Relevant, High-Quality Products

Glimpses Into 21st Century Classrooms

Kristi Rennebohm Franz's Primary Classroom
WISE: Web-based Integrated Science Environment
Geometry in the Real World
Electric Soup

Getting There From Here

A Process for Bringing 21st Century Skills Into Your Schools

Cross-Match to National Models

What Work Requires of Schools (1991)
Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning (1998)
Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology (2002)
Standards for Technological Literacy (2000)


Cheryl Lemke
CEO, Metiri Group
Ed Coughlin
Senior Vice President, Metiri Group
Dr. Vandana Thadani
Associate, Metiri Group
Crystal Martin
Research Associate, Metiri Group

Gina Burkhardt
CEO/Executive Director, NCREL
Margaret Monsour
Deputy Director, NCREL
Gil Valdez
Deputy Director, NCREL
Cathy Gunn
Director, Center for Technology, NCREL
Matt Dawson
Program Associate, Center for Technology, NCREL

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