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Future Tense

Action Canada 2012-13 Task Force II presentation
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Félix Boudreault

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of Future Tense

... society has experienced an
unprecedented pace of change... While classrooms pretty much stayed the same over the 20th century... 1900s 1960s 1980s ALBERTA BRITISH COLUMBIA NEW BRUNSWICK ONTARIO QUEBEC • Clear integration of 21st Century Learning
competencies into provincial education
strategy • Education plan currently in development, so
no clear policy exists at present • Focus on teacher training • Clearly articulates all selected competencies as "engaged
thinkers and ethical citizens with entrepreneurial spirits" • Fall of incumbent government in same year as
21st century learning report has unclear
implications for policy direction • Currently no clear policy on skills students
will learn, or view to the future • Emphasis on critical thinking and character HIGHLIGHTS • 21st Century Learning integrated across the
curriculum as ‘cross-curricular
competencies’ • No update to computer and digital
technologies policy in the last decade
CONTENT ANALYSIS HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS • Recent Fullan report (2013) positions focus
on 21st Century Learning moving forward SUMMARY 1. Five provinces assessed all include descriptions of 21st Century Learning 2. Policy language used is highly varied 3. Little evidence of inter-provincial communication PROVINCIAL EDUCATION DOCUMENT What will we do for children born today to prepare them for the reality of the future? 21st Century Core Competencies 1. Creativity, Innovation
and Entrepreneurship 2. Critical thinking 3. Computer and Digital literacy 4. Character SELECTED PROVINCES:
New Brunswick
Quebec
Ontario
Alberta
British Columbia "...the notion of a ‘job for life’ is in rapid decline. Today’s worker will have on average approximately three careers and eight jobs over a lifetime." Source: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) Federal Labour Standards Review Commission, 2004 Establish a 21st Century Learning Secretariat at the Council of Ministers (CMEC) Recommendation
#1 RECOMMENDATIONS PACE OF CHANGE Lack of
coordination Issue #1 Teachers'
Training Issue #2 Prioritize Teacher Education and Professional Development Recommendation
#2 NATIONAL TEACHER SURVEY Nearly 1,000 respondents December 2012 to January 2013 to teachers in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and QuebecFielded Conclusion First systematic comparison of 21st century learning across provinces Technology by Province Technology Use Teacher Education Provincial Inconsistencies Findings Teachers with advanced degrees more likely to report higher levels of technology use, innovation, and critical thinking in the classroom Teachers who recently engaged in professional development activities in any of the competencies related to 21st century learning more likely to report higher levels of 21st century learning in their classrooms
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