What is 21st century education?

Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To prepare our students, lessons must go beyond the "3 R's" and foster 21st century skills. Skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity will be essential for students to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Note: As of August 6th, 2013, Smithsonian Student Travel is now known as EF Explore America. Please visit our website at http://www.efexploreamerica.com. Sources (in order of appearance) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124017964526732863.html http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/world/asia/16census.html?_r=2 http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article924112.ece http://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/diverse-exploding-digital-universe.pdf http://newsroom.cdw.com/features/feature-06-27-11.html http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/weekinreview/06lohr.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&hpw (1 billion per day into 10 seconds = 115,740) http://www.merriam-webster.com/help/faq/total_words.htm http://math.ucdenver.edu/~wbriggs/qr/shakespeare.html http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/onthejob/archive/10-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago.html and http://work.lifegoesstrong.com/slideshow/hot-jobs-didnt-exist-10-years-ago-slideshow-image/1-social-media-strategist inspired by the Did You Know video.

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