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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)

Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“The first, basic, most core is collaboration. Collaboration is everything from getting along with others to controlling your impulses so you can get along and not kick someone else off the swing. It’s building a community and experiencing diversity and culture. Everything we do, in the classroom or at home, has to be built on that foundation. Communication comes next, because you can’t communicate if you have no one to communicate with. This includes speaking, writing, reading and that all-but-lost art of listening.” (more)

The Value of Active Listening

Edutopia – Judy Willis

“Looming before me was a conference with parents who were concerned that their child was not being challenged enough in math. I was prepared and full of suggestions—and my preparedness turned out to be a problem. I was a distracted, unfocused listener as they voiced their concerns, jumping in before they could finish their questions and thinking ahead about what I’d say next.” (more)

Teaching students their voice matters, one story at a time

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

” Ray Salazar revived a journalism class at Hancock College Preparatory High School in Chicago — walking students through the reporter’s skill sets of research, verifying and interviewing — not only because he believes it’s important for students to use their voice, but also because it pulls them out of their own frame of reference. That first year, the school put out three issues. Now each class manages to run seven to eight print editions a year.” (more)

Navigating Confrontations With Parents

Edutopia – Lori Desautels

“Human brains are social organs—they’re neurobiologically wired for connection. But just as our students’ brains can be adversely affected by negative dispositions, adversities, and behaviors, so can their parents’ brains, affecting relationships with teachers. What feels oppositional and hurtful from a parent could be an exhausted brain, one that is trying to survive and so is defending itself and paying close attention to experiences or relationships that may feel threatening or unsafe.” (more)

Lessons for 21st-Century Learners

Edutopia – Jennifer Osborne

“Collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are the 4 Cs of a 21st-century learner, according to the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Given that technology use continues to expand in schools, it’s worthwhile to think of how that technology can function in assignments designed to develop the skills our students need.” (more)