Neil and others:

I probably did utter the phase several times in meetings, workshops, lectures during earlier times but I am not sure!! Has anyone "Goggled" it?? 

“The current and future health of America’s 21st Century Economy depends 
directly on how broadly and deeply Americans reach a new level of 
literacy—‘21st Century Literacy’—that includes strong academic skills, 
thinking, reasoning, teamwork skills, and proficiency in using technology.” 
-21st Century Workforce CommissionNational Alliance of Business

Our children live in a global, digital world – a world transformed by 
technology and human ingenuity.  Many of today’s youngsters are 
comfortable using laptops, instant messaging, chat rooms, and cell 
phones to connect to friends, family, and experts in local communities 
and around the globe. Given the rapid rate of change, the vast amount 
of information to be managed, and the influence of technology on life in 
general, students need to acquire different, evolving skill sets to cope 
and to thrive in this changing society. 
The federal No Child Left Behind legislation establishes technology 
literacy as a core foundation for learning, calling for academic 
excellence in the context of 21st century technologies. 
The enGauge 21st Century Skills go a step further. Advances in the 
cognitive sciences show that learning increases significantly when 
students are engaged in academic study through authentic, real-world 
experiences. The enGauge  21st Century Skills build on extensive 
bodies of research – as well as on calls from government, business, 
and industry for higher levels of workplace readiness – to define clearly 
what students need to thrive in today’s Digital Age. 

This is probably where I got the phase - I used the enGauge materials in several School IT audits that I did. 

Take a look at

So the real answer is I "borrowed" the phase from others!!

Thanks Neil.


On Dec 3, 2009, at 10:02 AM, Neil Manders wrote:

Does anyone know who coined the term "21st Century Skills"?

I believe it was Frank Watson if I recall correctly ;)


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