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  • you may know of the 4 C's

  • but how do these skills help the way that teachers teach and the way that learners learn?

  • and how does technology help in making these skills?

  • Let's take a step back

  • in 2012 teachers, community leaders and policy makers worked together to make the framework for learning

  • this framework shows how teaching and learning should happen in today's world

  • the importance of learning is for learners to learn the 4C's

  • these skills are important for leaners to grow in work and in life

  • let's take a look at how technology can help grow these skills in learners

  • Critical thinking is when learners are able to analyse (study), interpret (understand), evaluate (figure out), make decisions and solve problems

  • for example take a high school social studies class

  • in which learners are comparing public use of fossil fuels (buried materials) in the past and in the present

  • as well as online research learners can use video conferencing to have interviews with field experts (a person who has special skill in area)

  • learners can use graphs and tables to organize and show their findings

  • find similar and different things in their data and share with each other

  • communication is when learners share information expressing their thoughts and opinions clearly to eachother

  • for communication to happen there needs to be strong listening (paying attention to signing/lip reading) and evaluation skills

  • communication includes verbal (signed) and written skills and multimedia (mixed media) messages

  • for example in a grade 5 class where learners are learning about forest fires in their area

  • a local fire chief asked a question on a community site (website) on how to stop forest fires

  • Learners could post short written replies to the question, by doing this learners are having an online conversation

  • learners learn to show their thoughts in a clear way

  • while showing control of their opinions of issues in their communities

  • collaboration is when learners are able to work with eachother to reach a goal

  • while being flexible and sharing group work

  • for example a grade 8 science class can work in small groups with other nearby schools to research on environmental (surroundings) issues

  • students can take different roles in their groups depending on their talents and interests

  • for example some can make observations (to look at something)

  • some can record data and others can share results

  • creativity is when one can brainstorm (plan and think), refining (polish and clean) and accepting other people's ideas.

  • and making ideas visible and useful to others

  • for example a grade 3 class might work together to brainstorm new ways of recycling

  • learners choose to create a recycling campaign and making an awareness video for the next assembly

  • you can see from these examples that when technology is used correctly it can help with using the 4C's in a classroom

  • technological tools can help learners think critically, communicate, collaborate and be creative

  • we know that these skills help grow higher order thinking

  • which is crucial (very important) for today's learning

  • so what do the 4 C's look like for teaching and learning in your classroom

you may know of the 4 C's

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