Ed. Innovation Conference Highlights 21st-Century Skills

July 20, 2009 1 min read

Thanks to some of the folks I follow on Twitter, I’ve been able to follow the events at the Reimagine Education conference being held through Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va. The conference, hosted by Albemarle Public Schools in Virginia, the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, and Schoolnet Inc., highlights innovations in education and best practices for building students’ 21st-century skills.

The sessions cover curriculum, assessment, effective ways to use student data, and equipping students for the global workplace. There are also presentations describing innovative school programs in Chicago, Denver, Wichita, and other places.

While it’s not a conference exclusively about educational technology, much of the innovation in teaching and learning requires sophisticated digital tools, and the push for 21st-century skills generally encompasses the need for students to understand and be able to use technology for learning and for complex tasks.

Many of the sessions, and keynote addresses by authors like Tony Wagner and Jay McTighe, are being streamed live at Edustat University’s Web site, and Melissa Techman and Becky Fisher(@mtechman and @beckyfisher73 on Twitter), both educators in Charlottesville, are sending out regular tweets from the conference.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.