Most schools and institutes employ a set of learning skills to impart knowledge to students in the form of academic development. These skills have changed frequently over the past decades. The 21st-century learning skills are largely categorized into 4 Cs:
With these skills, students can learn and grow academically, therefore, each school considers the 4 Cs vital for success. In this article, we will talk about the 4 Cs and how teachers can incorporate them with technology for a brighter future for students.
Evaluate the products, processes, and members of the group to understand what’s working well and what requires improvement.
Resolve conflicts by asserting, cooperating, compromising, competing, or deferring members.
Lead a group by ensuring all members can contribute as per their abilities.
Manage time by tracking the progress toward goals.
Using Technology and 4Cs Together into the Classroom
The 4Cs form the most important skills that students need to learn.
While schools can try hard to model 4Cs in the classroom, it is essential for students to learn and practice these skills on their own. Experts suggest that students need to take accountability and ownership for their own learning.
Technology is a great way to impart knowledge, and it can be effectively used as a platform for students to develop the essential 4 Cs.
Here are a few easy ways to integrate technology and 4 Cs together.
1. For Critical Thinking
Online research and an in-class debate is a great way to promote critical thinking among students. As mentioned earlier, evaluating arguments and evidence form the foundations of strong critical thinking skills. Students should be able to conduct thorough research, think independently, clearly recognize bias, and neatly construct their arguments. By making students carry out extensive online research, teachers can evaluate their evidence for strengths and weaknesses, and later on, hold a class debate on the given topic. For the initial few sessions, students may be allowed to work in groups on the project as well.
2. For Creative Thinking
Various digital liberal arts activities or online writing can help promote creative thinking. Writing can always spark creativity, so teachers can encourage blogging so that students can write, edit, and publish any piece of work freely. Encouraging students to post comments on their peers’ posts can further online discussions that lead to healthy communication, collaboration as well as critical thinking.
Other creative activities beyond writing include the following:
These platforms can help students pour out their creative juices while they continue exploring new ideas and topics.
3. For Collaboration
Online Peer review is a great way to encourage collaboration among students. Students can upload their respective assignments on a class board online and then receive feedback on them. The collaboration begins when they also give feedback to their classmates on their submission. Teachers can present students with guidelines on how to provide constructive feedback, which is further backed by what they have learned in the class.
4. For Communication
Online forums are the best way to go about it. Teachers can use online forums (an online message board, for instance) for small groups or the entire class as a means to promote healthy discussions. Online forums can encourage students to communicate because not every student is comfortable speaking up in class. These platforms give shy students a stage to freely express themselves without pressuring them to speak in front of the entire class.
To begin with online communication, students should be encouraged to only carry out constructive discussions in the class. Ensure their statements are backed by solid facts, and train them in using proper English to enhance their writing and communication skills.
Benefits of Technology in the Classroom
Technology has transformed how we lead lives today. It has changed how classrooms are like 50—or even 10—years ago. Schools are promptly changing traditional chalkboards with digital whiteboards. With distant (online) education, learning institutes have also promoted the use of laptops and tablets.
Here are some of the ways educational technology improves the classroom experience:
When used correctly, technology is not merely a distraction. In fact, it can encourage students to actively participate in your classroom discussions. Devices like a computer, tablet, or smartphone can be used in the classroom to make traditionally dull topics and subjects interesting, interactive and so much fun to learn.
Different Learning Styles
Every child is different, consequently, it can be difficult for teachers to design their learning plan to fit every student’s understanding. Thankfully, using technology to impart knowledge can help teachers modify lessons so that every student can grasp the basic concept. For instance, an instructional design approach in the classroom can give students a tailored experience that is beneficial for them.
With technology within classrooms, teachers can witness an increased degree of students helping each other in figuring out technology usage. Many technology-based tasks involve a host of aspects to learn, which makes students seek help from the teacher or their peers When students are part of project small groups, the more technologically advanced students can easily assist their inexperienced peers, leading to bonding.
Preparing Students for the Future
As per research¹ conducted by CompTIA, nine out of 10 students preferred using technology in the classroom as they believed it would help them prepare for the future. When teachers help students develop their PowerPoint skills, they are gearing them up for future success. With instructional technology in the classroom, students can be prepared for basic digital demands that will help them start out their careers.
Connect with Students
Technology can help bridge the gap between teachers and students. It can especially help teachers form better relationships with their students as well as colleagues. As per research², 84% of teachers report that browsing the internet once a week helped them find engaging content to impart to students.
Using technology to instruct your class can be a great asset if used correctly. Gear up the techie inside you to help students practice and enhance the 4 Cs of classroom learning.
You don’t have to go all out. Start out slowly, with easy-to-use technology, and take help from colleagues if required. The internet offers hundreds of tools, apps, and resources for students to develop their 4 Cs skills. By finding the best tools, you and your students will be ready to advance for new academic challenges, glide smoothly through their educational journey and be ready for the future.
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