The four Cs are not new areas of focus for classrooms or even new goals for education. In a world in which information flows instantaneously to a global audience, never before have communication and collaboration been so vital. And creativity and critical thinking are paramount in a global economy that rewards innovation and in which routine tasks can be automated, but thinking cannot. The 4 Cs What do the 4 Cs help students do? Develop thinking routines or models Deepen their understanding of the content Increase retention Increase interest in the subject Be prepared for a future that we can only imagine!
This is not one more thing to do … Just change what you are already doing …
Collaboration What do you think of when you think of collaboration? – In your professional life – In the ‘real’ global world – In the lives of our students
Wiki A wiki is a Web site that allows users to add and update content on the site using their own Web browser. This is made possible by Wiki software that runs on the Web server. Wikis end up being created mainly by a collaborative effort of the site visitors. A great example of a large wiki is the Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia in many languages that anyone can edit. The term "wiki" comes from the Hawaiian phrase, "wiki wiki," which means "super fast." I guess if you have thousands of users adding content to a Web site on a regular basis, the site could grow "super fast."
Wikipedia = Global Collaboration The English version of Wikipedia has 4,616,677 content articles, and 33,942,865 pages in total. There have been 737,873,598 edits. There are 839,818 uploaded files. There are 22,711,508 registered users, including 1,386 administrators. (October 6, 2014) Editing Wikipedia What classroom projects could incorporate the use of Wikipedia?
Share with students Edit and add pages Controlled by you
Application How can you use a wiki in your classroom? – All students adding content to a topical wiki – Student teams building subject specific wikis – Classroom wiki that other students/classrooms/the world contribute to ….
Whiteboards Apps/websites that allow multiple users to interact simultaneously in a space in real time
Communication com·mu·ni·ca·tion noun \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən\: the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else : a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc. communications : the ways of sending information to people by using technology
In Today’s Classroom What tools can we use to extend communication beyond the four walls?
Blog Recording opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis Entries are added and it becomes episodic Users state ideas and opinions and garner comments and feedback from viewers. Lots of free tools allow for blogging – http://edublogs.org/