Educational debates across the U.S. and all around the world often focus on what students should learn in school. Educational technology specialists have for several years been touting about the need for students to acquire relevant 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and media literacy to effectively prepare themselves for the new digitally-focus and global economy. The list below breaks down some of the skills that would be crucial for students.
The ability to read and comprehend comes at the forefront of the skills listed for a student to be successful both academically and in their lives. It is even required to be successful in mathematics. Reading has also proven to be a confidence booster. The ability to read enhances a student’s overall ability to understand any subject.
Typing and Writing
Interaction with the computer is one of the most effective ways of guaranteeing success at school, especially in secondary and postsecondary education. Students who type quickly are able to gain more time. When working with educational software applications, a good typing speed enhances confidence in effectively using the software to acquire knowledge. Writing skills enable students to effectively convey their thoughts and understanding of a particular subject. It helps them to learn to sequence ideas and to use logical thinking.
Students who demonstrate abilities to communicate effectively are able to use simple words, expressions and gestures and expand them into complex thought processes. Effective communication is thus, the key to learning and to ensuring compatible interactions with teachers and fellow classmates