Apologies for the late posting of this month's blog topics! Here they are.

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Apologies for the late posting of this month's blog topics! Here they are. 

Promoting 21st Century Skills is one of the professional practices in the British Council’s new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework. But what exactly are 21st Century skills and are they the same as digital literacies?

In two recent articles written by Gavin Dudeney, he explores the four key digital literacies: focus on connections, on language, on information and on (re)design. He also looks at the distinction between these and 21st century skills. 

For this month’s blog topics, we focus on this topic.

You'll firstly need to read Gavin’s articles:

After you've read these articles, you can choose one of the two topics below: 

  1. How do you currently incorporate a focus on one or more of these four literacies in your classes.
  2. Thinking about one or more of your groups of students, write about an activity or set of activities that could be used to focus on one of the four digital literacies.

Your post could be a reflection, or be in the form of a lesson plan or short practical activity.

Happy blogging



A chain story is an easy way to have students learn vocabulary and work with their friends to create a collaborative story.
In a chain story, the teacher begins the story, student A continues the story, student B continues where A stopped, and so on. The students have to listen to each other and understand each other so that the story makes sense and flows.

For this activity, you will contribute to a collaborative web chain story. We will be using an online tool, Padlet. This tool allows you to click on the web wall and add text, images, videos, and more. You do not have to register, but please include your name. You can contribute on any mobile device with internet access or on the web.


1st Visit the collaborative chain story for your group by clicking the link below. The story has already been started.


2nd To contribute to the story:

Read the entire story up to the last post. NOTE: It begins from the bottom up. Your contribution needs to make sense and continue the flow of the story as well as relate to the previous post.

Click on the board, a box will pop-up, please add your first and last name. If you feel uncomfortable with this, then add the first letter of your name and at least 4 of the initial letters of your last name.

Start typing your contribution. It should be at least 50 words long. Add an image or a link to a video or sound clip to accompany your part of the story. This added multimedia should be an element you wrote about in your story.

THE TEACHER STARTS THE STORY BUT….At least 5 additional people need to contribute to the story. It should be obvious that 5 additional people (STUDENTS) contributed.

After all your contributions the story needs to have a clear beginning, middle, and end.


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