Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday Tech Tip: The 4C's...Communication

Have you heard of the 4C's? If we're talking to Tom Shane he would say color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. Alas, even though diamonds are a girl's best friend our topic is not diamonds, it's technology and learning. The 4C's are learning and innovation skills brought to you by P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.
The 4Cs are:

But wait, let's take a step back. What is P21? They are an organization supporting learning by building partnerships in education, business, community and government leaders. Their mission is: 
to serve as catalyst for 21st century learning to build collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.

Over the next 4 months we will be devoting our posts to the 4C's.  
This month we will focus on Communication. In March we will dive into Critical Thinking. April will be devoted to Creativity. And in May we will take a look at Collaboration.  

Our friends from Common Sense Education have created this introduction to the 4C's. Take a look.

Thought provoking? It is indeed...

Our students need to be able to go beyond and we need to embrace the 4C's with them. We must continue to think about how we can weave these skills in the classroom and into our own learning.

P21 and FableVision partnered to create this animated film called Above&Beyond. It's a story about what's possible when communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity take center stage and transform learning opportunities for all.

Your challenge...how will you communicate about the 4C's?

Yes, diamonds are forever...but so are sound super skills that will last an eternity!  

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