This issue marks a bold beginning for Connect: after twenty-three years in print we will be published
exclusively as a digital edition! It seems only fitting that this change occur for our current issue,
21st-Century Math and Science: Making It Real. Technologies and communications are changing at a
rapid pace. We are learning new methods and reframing our thinking to create a lively, useful, richly
varied digital publication that retains all the integrity Connect has had while in print.
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Making It Real
The Twenty-First-Century Skills movement has received much attention in recent years,
with both supporters and critics weighing in. How can we best prepare children for
the world of the future? How do we help them to become lifelong learners? Is there
any difference between twenty-first-century teaching, and what progressive
educators have been advocating for centuries?
In this issue are examples of fine teaching for this century. Some teacher-
authors take their guidance from a specific framework incorporating the kinds of skills and patterns of
mind that experts say will best prepare today’s students for jobs, citizenship, and meaningful life in the
coming decades. Some simply teach in ways they believe are best suited to foster a joy of learning, both for
today and throughout life. Their methods use active, challenging, compelling, and supportive techniques
that incorporate immediate and local concerns as well as global issues.
Regardless of whether their teaching is linked to a specific set of strategies named for this century, or fol-
lows a set of best practices, the educators writing in this issue engage their students in meaningful ways,
making math, science, and technology real.
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