21st Century Skills


What's new and different from the 20th, or even earlier centuries?
  • Continuous partial attention followed by hyperfocus - Multitasking
  • The art of ignoring what isn't important
  • Knowing what information needs to be stored in memory, what needs to be stored in your own devices and what can be found on the web.
  • Reading and writing in an intertextual, social, & multimodal world
  • Protecting identity & privacy & Balancing with (free) access
  • What are the new ethics?
  • Sorting the wheat from the chafe, the signal from the noise - filtering
    • Crap Detection
    • Connecting
    • Simplifying
  • Knowing who is a good filterer for your interests/needs & knowing how to access their filtered content
  • Finding guides - people you can trust
  • Being friends with someone you have never "met"
  • How to be co-present - Ito
  • Knowing when to unplug
  • Remixing - a form of creative synthesis
  • Self direction and intrinsic motivation
  • ‘transliteracy’ by Prof. Sue Thomas of DeMontford University.
  • “the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.”
  • Other Lists


What makes it different?
  • Multimedia
  • Hyperlinking
  • Intertextuality (connected to hyperlinking and collaboration)
  • World Wide Access
  • World Wide Publishing
  • Asynchronous or Synchronous
  • Ubiquity - Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, embeddable chips, internet of things etc.
  • Fabrication Devices - 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.
  • Collaboration
    • Open to Everyone (or at least widely open)
    • Less hierarchical?
  • Outboard brains - memory, organizational structure, searching
  • Tagging
  • Microcontent
  • Amount of content easily available (good, bad, and ugly)
  • Diversity of people/resources available worldwide
  • Agency