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CMEC Pan-Canadian Global Competencies

CMEC Pan-Canadian Global Competencies Descriptions [pdf]. The 2 page table includes a definition and student descriptor for the following:

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship
  • learning to learn/self-awareness and self-direction
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • global citizenship and sustainability

Check the EduGains site on 21st Century  Learning which includes the document 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document For Discussion (Winter 2016) [pdf] and the CMEC chart above [here].



May 3, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Problem solving skills greater than ‘mathematical’

OECD has published a monograph titled The Nature of Problem Solving: Using Research to Inspire 21st Century Learning  [read online option]*

The OECD web page describes it:  “Solving non-routine problems is a key competence in a world full of changes, uncertainty and surprise where we strive to achieve so many ambitious goals. But the world is also full of solutions because of the extraordinary competences of humans who search for and find them. We must explore the world around us in a thoughtful way, acquire knowledge about unknown situations efficiently, and apply new and existing knowledge creatively.

The Nature of Problem Solving presents the background and the main ideas behind the development of the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving, as well as results from research collaborations that originated within the group of experts who guided the development of this assessment. It illustrates the past, present and future of problem-solving research and how this research is helping educators prepare students to navigate an increasingly uncertain, volatile and ambiguous world.”

From Education and Skills Today blog (April 12, 2107) titled Does the world need people who understand problems, or who can solve them? by Dirk Van Damme

“The book clearly demonstrates that excellent problem-solving skills very much depend on deep levels of knowledge and outstanding analytical capabilities. But while cognitive and analytical capabilities help in interpreting and understanding problems, effective problem solving requires an additional element of decision making, implementation and communication. The combination of these capabilities is what makes problem-solving skills unique.”

If you haven’t figured this out – this book is not for the faint of heart. If you like headlines and articles, I would not go here. But what it does show is the need for critical and real world problem solving skills and they can be complex.

*Citation: Csapó, B. and J. Funke (eds.) (2017), The Nature of Problem Solving: Using Research to Inspire 21st Century Learning, OECD Publishing, Paris.DOI:

April 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

CEA: article on 21st Century Learning spaces (classrooms)

The Canadian Education Association has released a preview article (ahead of the Fall 2016 issue of Education Canada) titled 21st Century Learning, 20th Century Classroom by Zoe Branigan-Pipe co-facilitator in  Hamilton, ON.

Selected from the article:

“It’s time we thought about how our physical space, schedules and classroom make-up support or constrain the type of learning taking place.”

“How do we, as a system, begin to rethink school and classroom design in a way that meets the learning needs of all students and that allows for more exploration, more freedom of learning, more opportunity for self-driven inquiry?”

“In this article, I want to share how, despite some systemic barriers, teachers and schools can make small changes to their classroom set-up and routine.”

Read the article to discover how to make your classroom work by allowing for maker spaces, different subjects, quiets spaces, gathering spaces.

Check it out! Rowan


September 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

21st century competencies for Ontario students

Totally check-out this!

21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion: Phase 1 Towards Defining 21st Century Competencies for Ontario (Winter 2016 edition) is a new 67-page Ministry document, available on EduGains 21st Century Learning site.

From pages 3-4:

The document comprises the following five sections:

  1. Introduction – The rationale for defining and supporting the development of 21st century competencies.
  2. Defining 21st Century Competencies – A high-level overview of the 21st century competencies that are most prominently featured in provincial, national, and international research and intellectual debate.
  3. The Ontario Context – A high-level overview of the work being done in Ontario to identify and define 21st century competencies in teaching and learning.
  4. Implications for Practice – A summary of the new learning partnerships and pedagogical and assessment practices that researchers identify as being required to support the development of 21st century competencies.
  5. Implications for Policy – An outline of key questions for consideration in determining policy related to the development of the competencies for the Ontario education system.

Page 56: The competencies listed on the next page support the development of learning in all subject areas, including foundational skills in literacy and numeracy, and apply to both the face-to-face and the online world.

Page 57:


March 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Hot topics for this school year: Personalized learning, coding, and sharing. @GoogleForEdu @adambellow

Submitted by Lauren M., one of our fabulous librarians:

Adam Bellow recently posted three hot topics in education for the 2015-2016 school year on the Google for Education blog.  Not surprisingly, the Professional Library has resource lists available to guide you to useful resources on each of these subjects!  These resource lists include books and journals available through the Professional Library to TDSB teachers, as well as internet resources available to anyone!

To access the resource lists, you’ll need to be signed in to your TDSB Google account.  Not sure how to sign in?  Click here: How to Access Your TDSB Google Drive.

The three topics Bellow identified are:

To read Andrew Bellow’s interesting and inspiring blog post, please visit:

Of course, these three topics may not be your hot topics for 2015-2016.  Contact us at to let us know what you’d like to know more about—we’re happy to make a custom resource list for you!

August 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

EduGains: 3 new videos supporting 21st century learning

From EduGains 21st Century Learning.Check ’em out.

New Video Resources21st Century Learning Highlights

From the Maker’s Club to the Classroom
This video offers a glimpse into how an elementary science class made connections to learning that occurred in an extra-curricular “Makers’ Club” that allowed for student ideas to fuel the direction of their learning and in turn influence their classroom learning. It also highlights the importance of community support in helping students deepen and see the relevance of their learning.

Cultivating a Learning Environment
Educators discuss assessment for learning as they integrate more opportunities for students to benefit from technology-enabled learning. The shift in practice not only allows students to have more choice in how they consolidate their learning, but also greater advocacy to determine their next steps. The teacher’s role is to “create an environment in which all students feel valued and confident and have the courage to take risks and make mistakes.”

Changing Practices
Educators share insights about how their practice is changing as they intentionally incorporate technology to enable and support students in attaining learning goals. Some teachers have been using the SAMR model to encourage their students to become digital “creators of content”. These educators also speak about how students become more reflective thinkers when they have opportunities to turn and talk and engage in purposeful conversations with their peers.

Click on < Innovation in Action / Innovation Videos > in the left menu
on the 21st Century Learning home page.

July 10, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Technology for Deeper Learning

Further to Lauren’s post on new technologies …

Edugains,  21st Century,  has released a 2-page document titled  21st Century Teaching and Learning New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning What Research Tells Us…  which is all bout all about learning with technology and the importance of “… professional learning ought to provide educators with opportunities to develop the mindsets, knowledge and skills to meet the challenge of new pedagogies for deeper learning, and to contribute to the success of all students in Ontario” (p. 2).

Frankly I don’t think that there is anything rocket-science-y about this document, other than being a handy short summary of Ontario’s vision, some relevant research to support the vision, and a couple of references/ links to what other Boards are doing – well put like that it sounds like a lot. Lauren’s post refers to all the fabulous  resources on technology available from the Professional Library. If you’d like some information to get you going on using educational technology (Google, apps, gaming, coding, mobile devices or cell phones), please contact the Library at (416) 395-8289 or . And remember that the TDSB’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Department delivers major support, assistance, ideas, learning opportunities via their AW site at 

The one thing this article reminded me about was the Ontario’s Technology Learning Fund announced last September, see the Ministry or CODE for more info. The Ministry’s news release on the Technology Learning fund, says “Starting this school year, Ontario’s $150 million technology and learning fund will further enrich the classroom experience for students across the province. The fund will give kids more opportunities to become technologically savvy with tools, such as tablets, netbooks, cameras and software, while preparing them for success in the global economy.This investment will also strengthen professional learning for educators who will use technology and digital resources to enhance student engagement, learning and achievement.”

Things to check out!


June 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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