Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills – Free Online Course

Check out the link below. I have heard great things about this course. Ran by the University of Melbourne.

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Course Syllabus

During the course you will have opportunities to:

  • Review the origins of the current interest in 21st century skills in education, in particular the technological and social changes which demand changes in the skills students need to prosper in the modern world.
  • Delve into what precisely is meant by the term ‘21st century skills’ and review some 21st century skills frameworks.
  • Examine in detail several of these ‘21 century skills’, not as abstract concepts, but as concrete learning progressions suitable for adaptation by teachers.
  • Investigate innovative new thinking and practical tools for assessment and teaching that arise from using a developmental approach to learning.
  • Explore, in the company of other professionals from all over the world, the practicalities of teaching and assessing these 21st century skills in the subjects, specialties or levels of education of particular interest to you.


Korean Barley Tea

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I have recently been thinking about my time in Korea and missing it dearly. My husband and I decided to try out a Korean Restaurant in Melbourne that I often walk past called Mahn Doo.  It was delicious and the flavours and sounds took us back. We had spicy BBQ Pork, Pork Mahn Doo (Korean Dumplings), Bibimbap and Pajeon.

When I was teaching in Korea we often drank Barley tea. There was a communal pot of it that we would help ourselves to after lunch and it was the perfect end to a meal. A cup to savour over, while we digested our meal and chatted about the day, taking a few mins to prepare for our next class. I will have to head to the Korean supermarket and get some for home. I also loved the cover on the tea cup. I drank half before my meal, popped the lid on while I ate, then drank the other half.

Click here for more about the benefits of Barley tea.