Communication - A 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skill


A Closer Look at the Communication Skill

Communicate Clearly
  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions
  • Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)
  • Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact
  • Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)

George Lucas: Teaching "Communication"

An interview with the founder and chairman of The George Lucas Educational Foundation on the new visual language of learning and teaching.

Choose a Focus for Communication

Please choose something that you do NOT currently do with your students.

  1. Presentation Skills
    You want your students to improve their presentation skills. You are willing to teach a few lessons on things such as visual aids, body language, eye contact, and articulation.
    Use these resources: PowerPoint on Presentation Skills
    What you might showcase: Videos of student presentations, video of your students presenting to another class using skype, etc.
    Technology Tools as part of a presentation: Glogster, VoiceThread, Blabberize, Voki, Audacity, gCast
  2. Writing Skills
    You want your students to write effectively with a clear purpose. You are willing to teach a few lessons on writing for a purpose in your subject area. You might investigate the modern application for lessons in your class.
    Use these resources: (any of the resources listed in the "Forms of Writing" section below)
    What you might showcase: Sample work, a compile writing project,a Blog on a particular topic, a collection of poems, short stories, letters, or other purposeful projects.
    Technology Tools to facilitate writing: Lulu, Mixbook, Shutterfly, Edublogs, Blogger, Our Story, Wikispaces, PBWorks, Wetpaint,
    Class Jump (Mixbook Example)


Resources from Vocational Information Center

Communication Skills
Basics of Communicating with Others
Educational Technology for Students
Equipped for the Future - Fundamental Skills
Communication Basic Topics
Communication Skills Articles
Communication Skills for Students
Communication Skills for Personal Development
Communication Skills Self Assessment
Communication Skills - Working in Health
History of Communication - Wikipedia
Importance of Effective Communication Skills
Improve Your Communication Skills
Standards for English Language Arts

Forms of Writing

Abstract - How to Write
Arguments - Methods of Developing
Basic Guide to Essay Writing
Biography - The Biography Maker
Biomedical Journal Writing
Business Letter Handout
Business Letter Samples
Business Plan - How to Write
Definitional Techniques in Writing
Dance - Labanotation
Dance Notation -LabanLab
Drafting Legal Documents
Effective Writing for the Workplace
Effective Workplace Writing
Email - Writing Effective Message
Essay - How to Write
Essay - Identifying the Argument
Essay Writing - Online Course
Expository Essays - Writing Guide
Five Paragraph Essay Wizard
Forms of Address
Forms of Writing
Forms of Writing - iWrite
Grant Writing
How to Write a Thank You Note
Lab Report Handbook
Lab Reports - Writing Lab Reports
Legal Writing Samples- Appellate, Trial, Non-Litigation
Literature Review Writing Guide
Literary Techniques
Marketing Plan - How to Write
Memo's - How to Write
Newspaper Writing Tips
Personal Statements and Application Letters
Photo Caption Checklist
Poetry - What is
Position Papers
Press Release Writing Tips
Press Release Template
Press Release Writing Tips
Propaganda Critic
Research Proposal - Writing Guides
Recipe - How to Write
Recipe - WikiHow
Screenwriting Resources - Succeed in Writing
Scientific Journal Style
Scientific Report Writing
Scientific Writing Guidelines
Technical Report Writing
Technical Writing
Technical Writing - Online Textbook
Technical Writing - Proposals
Theater and Dance Writing
Types of Writing - Essays
Write a Business Plan
Writing a Hypertext Paper
Writing a Science Fair Report
Writing a Scientific Research Paper
Writing a Summary
Writing a Film Review - PDF
Writing a Fire Investigation Report
Writing a Lesson Plan
Writing a PhD Thesis
Writing a Play Review
Writing a Review of the Live Performance
Writing Book Reviews
Writing Effective Job Descriptions
Writing Effective Letters
Writing Examples from Disciplines
Writing Genres - Specific Literary Forms
Writing Green Specifications
Writing Numbers
Writing Photo Captions
Writing Policies and Procedures
Writing a Prescription
Writing Resources - Poynter
Writing Speeches
Writing Thank-you Notes
Written Forms of Address


Communication Pages
Deliver an Effective Speech - So You Wanna
Designing Presentation Visuals
Graphic Design Communications
Guidelines for Making Presentations
Leadership Page - Presentation Skills
Making Oral Presentations
Making Oral Presentations
Motivational Speech Outline
Oral Communication Toolkit
Power Point Tutorials - MS Office
Power Point Basics Tutorial
Power Point in the Classroom
Power Point Resources - Microsoft
Power Point Support Center- MS Office
Preparing for Your Speech
Presenters Online - Tutorials and Resources
Presenters University - Tutorials and Courses
Presentation Planning - Logic Tree
Presentation Rubric
Presentation Skills Handouts
Presentation Skills and Tutorials
Presentation Skills for Managers
Presenting Qualitative Data
Strategic Communications Resource Library
Virtual Interview
Visual Communication Resources

Public Speaking and Communication

Cooperative Communication Skills Workbook
Cooperative Communication Emergency Kit
Famous Speeches
Free Speaking Tips
Graduation Speeches
How to Conquer Public Speaking Fear
Inaugural Addresses
Participating in Meetings
Preparing a Speech - PDF
Public Speakers Page
Public Speaking & Speech Writing
Public Speaking Overview
Speaking Tips - Toastmaster International
Tips on Talks