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21st Century Skills Project

Comic Science

Subject: Science
Age Range: 11 - 14
Application Types: Graphics, Technology Integration, Software and Technology
Platform: PC

21st Century Themes: , Financial & Economic Literacy

21st Century Concepts: Creativity & Innovation, Communication & Collaboration, Research & Information Fluency, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

This project provides pupils with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of a scientific concept in a creative way, through the application of multimedia tools. The example project illustrates how pupils might use a comic book format to communicate the steps involved in applying the scientific method toward problem resolution. The tutorials demonstrate the process of creating comic panels that incorporate text and graphics, for the purpose of conveying information that pupils gathered when researching a topic. In addition to teaching the technology skills, the tutorials discuss other 21st century skills and concepts, such as research methods, critical thinking, and problem solving. Discussion questions, assessment rubrics, and information about adapting and extending the example project are included in the resource materials available for download with this project.

What's in a 21st Century Skills Project?

A 21st Century Skills Project includes:

  • Step-by-step tutorials that walk you through the project
  • Project Activity Guide - includes how the project infuses 21st Century Skills into the classroom, pupils assessment rubrics and discussion questions
  • Copy of the finished example project
  • All the resources needed to recreate the example project
  • A Professional Development Workbook – including clear steps on how to adapt the project, a self-assessment rubric, reflection worksheets, and more!
Try out the unlocked free sample tutorials below, or learn more about subscription options.

Information for Teachers

This project can be easily modified or adapted for other subject areas or other skill levels.

All example files, an assessment rubric, and information about adapting and extending the example project are included in the resource materials available for download with this project.

Project Tutorials

The following tutorials demonstrate, step-by-step, how to complete the example project, as shown in the Example Project.

Infusing 21st Century Skills

The example project created in the tutorials illustrates one way this project might be completed, using subject-specific content, targeted for a certain grade range, and using a specific application. As demonstrated, this would make a fine technology skills integration project for your pupils. However, the basic project can be easily extended to more fully support the teaching and learning of other 21st century concepts and skills, beyond those related to technology.

A stated Performance Indicator of a 21st Century teacher is the ability to "customise and personalise learning activities to address pupils' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources" (ISTE NETS•T 2c). The Project Activity Guide and The Professional Development Workbook, included in the downloadable Project Resource Packet, will help you practice this critical skill by guiding you through the process of modifying the example project to infuse 21st century skills, to help you adjust the project to suit your own classroom needs, and to assess the end result.

The following tutorials address ways you might adapt the basic project, as well as provide examples of how the project can be extended to more fully incorporate specific 21st century concepts. Please note that these suggestions may involve using Web resources that are blocked or filtered by your school or organisation.

Tutorial series by Philip K. Harmer

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