Resource Kit for ePublishing

 21st Century Skills

 The skills below appear in the
Partnership for 21
st
Century Skills’
Framework for 21st Century Learning
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Skill Types

 

How Kit Activities Support Students in Learning these Skills

 

Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes

• Global Awareness

• Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy

• Civic Literacy

• Health Literacy

• Environmental Literacy

Students conceive, research, and write books and magazine articles; they explore, analyze, and present the learning acquired and conclusions arrived in studying these subjects and themes.  These activities engage students in authentic and rigorous work that culminates in the publication of finished products intended for distribution to real audiences from whom they will receive feedback.

Learning and Innovation Skills

• Creativity and Innovation

• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

• Communication and Collaboration

In deciding on a personalized position and message about the Core Subject theme(s) they select as project foci, as well as in strategizing how to research, understand, and represent information gathered, students must authentically and effectively acquire and apply innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, as well as communication and collaboration skills.

Information, Media and Technology Skills

• Information Literacy

• Media Literacy

• ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy

In order to acquire information, interpret it, represent it in publications and present them to audiences, students must become familiar with methods of consuming and creating digital (and traditional) publications, exercise knowledge and sophistication concerning the quality, relevance, and veracity of contemporary digital media sources (as well as comply with copyright and other rules governing their ethical use), and become proficient in ICT methods and resources, in order to produce digital information products and distribute them to audiences.

Life and Career Skill

• Flexibility and Adaptability

• Initiative and Self-Direction

• Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

• Productivity and Accountability

• Leadership and Responsibility

In working and learning as part of small work groups as well as extended (whole class) teams that are committed to producing and distributing quality publications, students must acquire and apply a wide variety of collaborative learning, planning, and process skills. Student ePublication activities involve student decision making and self management. However they are structured so that success depends appropriate behaviors for the individual, group, or team roles they must play.  The authentic nature of the project products demonstrates success clearly and powerfully illustrates the importance of this category of skill.