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K–12 Schools Should Teach Soft Skills to Prepare Students for the Future Workforce

Ed Tech Magazine – Joe McAllister

“While digital tools are woven into educational pedagogy nationwide, another component of learning may help educators give students advantages in a world not yet known to them. A 2017 Report by Dell Technologies estimates that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 — fewer than 12 years from now — haven’t been invented yet.” (more)

3 ways to better assess soft skills

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Eighty-three percent of teachers, 82 percent of parents, 82 percent of superintendents, and 83 percent of principals say it is equally important to assess both academic skills and nonacademic skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity, according to a new report commissioned by NWEA and conducted by Gallup.” (more)

Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Led by Anna Cook, Ph.D. student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students. The research investigated the impact of school-based music lessons on children aged nine to eleven years old, both with and without autism. Split into two groups, one a combination of those with and without the condition, and the other group consisting of those without, the children received eleven weekly singing classes that were specifically designed to increase social interaction and communication skills.” (more)

More Talking in Class, Please

Edutopia – Kasey Short

“Providing consistent, structured time for students to participate in collaborative conversations can improve the overall classroom environment because once the need to sit quietly is replaced with opportunities to discuss course content, the amount of off-topic talking declines. Both small group and whole class discussions can provide these opportunities.” (more)

The 4 C’s of Learning in a Connected Classroom

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“K–12 schools transitioning to a connected classroom model should be focusing on four key aspects, or the “four C’s” of learning, to create a successful learning environment, according to a Cisco report on using technology in the classroom. For teachers with the latest smartboard or new Chromebooks for students, installing the technology is not the end of the process, it’s the very beginning. Once the classroom is connected, it can be difficult to determine how best to integrate these new tools into daily classroom activities. According to the report, the cornerstone of becoming a successful learner at any age comes down to the four C’s: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.” (more)

The Social Classroom

Edutopia – Staff Writer

“This video is part of our series on researcher Patricia Kuhl’s work around learning and the social brain. Visit the website of the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington for more information.” (more)