I was perusing Feedly the other day and came upon this post, The 4 Cs of Learning by Jeff Utecht on his The Thinking Stick blog.
Ahhh... 21st Century Skills and the 4Cs. You know 'em! P21 was founded in 2002 and has been promoting the 4Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking ever since. I pulled the image at left from the missionliteracy.com site which challenged Michigan ELA educators to use 21st century skills to provide sound literacy instruction in 2006. So, here we are, 16 years in. We can quit talking about becoming 21st century schools. We ARE 21st century schools. What do or should the 4Cs look like today in our classrooms?
Merriam-Webster is to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something. What does this look like in 2016? It is no longer students in the same classroom working together on a presentation they will give to only the other students in that same classroom. Take a look at some of these Flat Connections videos created by students across the world learning and working together. Interested? You can sign up for the 2016 projects or... start smaller and work with another classroom in your own building. Perhaps a social studies classroom working with a theology classroom during 6th hour or two Freshman English classes taught by the same teacher working on a project together. Either way, expanding the audience will get students more engaged!
Social Media for Teachers Edutopia post that covers many different platforms and contains guides to their use. Learn to use social media for your own professional development and you'll discover uses for it in the classroom everyday.
The 4Cs: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking. How are you utilizing them in your classroom in 2016?