Creating a 21st Century Classroom:

Exploring the Concepts of Critical Thinking and Creativity

The 21st Century Skills presentation provides an overview of the Framework for 21st Century Learning. Through hands-on activities, participants will identify 21st century skills in a classroom setting and participate in brainstorming ideas for inclusion of 21st century skills across all disciplines. In addition, the Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge model (TPACK) will reinforce the importance of evaluating technology use and effective integration.




Learning Target

15 minutes


In this part of the session I can:
  • Access the website where today's materials are housed
  • Meet the presenters
40 minutes

Activating Prior Knowledge

In this part of the session I can:
  • Assess my progress with 21st Century Skills
  • Collaborate with others around the vision of 21st Century learning
30 minutes

Framework for 21st Century Skills Overview

In this part of the session I can:
  • Identify different attributes of the 21st Century Framework
  • Understand TPACK and its relationship to the 21st Century classroom
15 minutes


1 hour, 20 minutes

Critical Thinking for Region 1

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking for Regions 3 & 7

Critical Thinking for Region 5

In this part of the session I can:
  • Explore definitions of critical thinking
  • Understand the characteristics of critical thinking and the building blocks for logical thinking
  • Use the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy to create questions that promote critical thinking
1 hour


2 hours, 15 minutes


In this part of the session I can:
  • Define creativity
  • Explore research regarding creativity
  • Consider my "creative lens"
  • Explore tools and resources to support creativity
15 minutes

Reflection & Survey

In this part of the session I can:
  • Reflect on what I learned today
  • Create a professional goal to continue my learning
  • Complete the Friday Institute survey
Classroom 21 Resources Page

“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training."