There are two lasting bequests we can give our children.
One is roots. The other is wings.
Holding Carter Jr.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and FableVision just released the animated film “Above & Beyond” created by Peter Reynolds to emphasize the value of 21st century skills in education. This original animated film is designed to spark conversations about the essential innovation skills needed for students to be successful – and the U.S. to remain economically viable — in an increasingly challenging global economy.
P21’s nationwide coalition of business and education leaders have spent years creating a framework for integrating 21st Century Skills into education, and are now promoting a bundled subset of skills called the “4Cs”:
- critical thinking
These skills are cited by industry as the keys to innovation and invention and essential skills for all employees. P21 will use the film, along with an online digital toolkit that includes a downloadable poster and support resources, in a nationwide campaign to make the 4Cs a household term and promote the integration of 4Cs across all subject areas.
New York Times best-selling children’s book author, illustrator and FableVision founder Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot, Ish, The North Star) created Above & Beyond to tell an allegorical story of how the 4Cs help students move beyond foundational “3Rs” to acquire the 21st Century Skills that industry demands.
This animated film tells the story of two school children who compete in the school’s engineering contest – one of whom can’t move beyond the boxed kit – and the other who is an “out of the box” dreamer and visionary. The students join forces – and use communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity to win the race. The allegorical fable helps show that content mastery without the 4Cs skills won’t give students the “wings” required to meet the demands of higher education, career and life in a global society and world economy.
To download a free 4Cs poster, go to www.p21.org/4Cs
For more information on:
Partnership for 21st Century Skills, visit http://www.p21.org/ and connect with P21 on Twitter @P21CentSkills.
FableVision Studios and FableVision Learning, visit www.fablevision.com and connect with FableVision on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
After watching this video I am reminded that “together we are smarter.” I thought it was interesting that the team that came together recognized each other’s talents and used them to create something better than perhaps they did alone.
I am thinking of how I can show to this my fifth grade students to spark conversations about the 4c’s. This might be one of those beginning of the year videos I use to help create some team building skills.
Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work!
John – That’s a great idea to show the animation to your students as a prompt to pose driving questions about different topics. I’m curious of some of the team building skills you use with your students. Thanks for your comments! Barbara
I think one nice way to use this video would be at some point in the beginning of the school year to highlight several facts.
1. We all learn differently
2. Together we are smarter
3. Learning can be messy
4. Think “win-win”
I had a chance to piece together a blog post where I linked back to your original article on this topic. Thanks again for your continued inspiring efforts.
I love the video Above & Beyond. I am planning to show this to my 4th grade students the first day of school. I would also like to get a poster and will be going on the site to find it! This will be so good for the students to watch!
Pat – so glad you found the video here. Peter Reynolds and his Fablevision team create unbelievable resources for teachers and kids. I hope you were able to download the poster.