There are many skills children acquire naturally through taking part in a SOLE:

Collaboration and Communication skills: students being able to organize their thoughts, data and findings and share these effectively through a variety of media, as well as orally and in writing

Creativity and Innovation skills: students being able to generate and refine solutions to complex problems or tasks based on synthesis, analysis and then combining or presenting what they have learned in new and original ways

Critical Thinking skills: students being able to analyse complex problems, investigate questions for which there are no clear-­cut answers, evaluate different points of view or sources of information, and draw appropriate conclusions based on evidence and reasoning

Self-direction skills: students being able to take responsibility for their learning by identifying topics to pursue and processes for their own learning and being able to review their own work and respond to feedback

Global and Local Connections: students being able to understand global, geo-political issues including awareness of geography, culture, language, history, and literature from other countries

Technological Fluency: students being able to manage their learning and produce products using appropriate information and communication technologies

Based on a framework collated by Ravitz, J., Hixson, N., English, M., & Mergendoller, J. (2012). Using project based learning to teach 21st century skills:Findings from a statewide initiative. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada. For more information on 21st Century Skills see also