The skills below appear in the Partnership for 21
Framework for 21st Century Learning<
Skill Types How Kit Activities Support Students in Learning these Skills
Core Subjects and21st CenturyThemes
• Global Awareness
Economic, Businessand EntrepreneurialLiteracy
• Civic Literacy
• Health Literacy
Students conceive, research, and write books andmagazine articles; they explore, analyze, and present thelearning acquired and conclusions arrived in studying thesesubjects and themes. These activities engage students inauthentic and rigorous work that culminates in thepublication of finished products intended for distribution toreal audiences from whom they will receive feedback.
Learning andInnovation Skills
• Creativity and
• Critical Thinking and
In deciding on a personalized position and message aboutthe Core Subject theme(s) they select as project foci, aswell as in strategizing how to research, understand, andrepresent information gathered, students must authenticallyand effectively acquire and apply innovation, criticalthinking and problem solving, as well as communicationand collaboration skills.
Information, Mediaand TechnologySkills
• Information Literacy
• Media Literacy
• ICT (Information,
Communications andTechnology) Literacy
In order to acquire information, interpret it, represent it inpublications and present them to audiences, students mustbecome familiar with methods of consuming and creatingdigital (and traditional) publications, exercise knowledgeand sophistication concerning the quality, relevance, andveracity of contemporary digital media sources (as well ascomply with copyright and other rules governing theirethical use), and become proficient in ICT methods andresources, in order to produce digital information productsand distribute them to audiences.
Life and CareerSkills
• Flexibility and
• Initiative and Self
• Social and Cross
• Productivity and
• Leadership and
In working and learning as part of small work groups as wellas extended (whole class) teams that are committed toproducing and distributing quality publications, studentsmust acquire and apply a wide variety of collaborativelearning, planning, and process skills. Student ePublicationactivities involve student decision making and selfmanagement. However they are structured so that successdepends appropriate behaviors for the individual, group, orteam roles they must play. The authentic nature of theproject products demonstrates success clearly andpowerfully illustrates the importance of this category of skill.