With input from educators, administrators, and researchers from various countries and communities, the Global Digital Citizen Foundation (GDCF) has compiled a list of skills necessary for students to be productive, lifelong learners. The skills deemed by GDCF to be most essential to student success in the 21st century include: problem solving, creativity, analytical thinking, collaboration, communication, and ethics, action and accountability. Each of this skills is first defined and then described in relationship to student success.
Unpretentious and understandable, Watanabe-Crocket’s definitions and descriptions of the essential student skill set create a foundation for educators to build upon and promote in their teaching practices. Further tools and questions for further developing a 21st century learning environment are included at the article’s conclusion.