Friday, April 18, 2014

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 4 Reflection

In Unit 4 of the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed, we learned about the 4 Cs of Digital Age skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Below are my two response to the reflection questions as well as a PowToon Coaching Service Announcement that we had to create for our unit 4 activity.

What benefits for student learning do you see in integrating communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity into your school culture?

I think the most important benefit for students in integrating the 4 C's in their learning is that it prepares them for the world ahead. These skills are what allow us to survive and thrive in any profession. They are not just skills, but life skills because they help us to improve our lives and the lives of others.

These skills also help students to develop their personalities and character traits, important aspects of who they are and who they want to become in the future. Skills, like critical thinking and creativity, help students to express themselves and to feel free in their exploration.

Share some of the strategies you’ve used in your practice to elevate the importance of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

Just recently, my coworker and I started working with our teachers on a Personalized Professional Development Plan.

Now that teachers are more familiar with some of the tech tools at our school, such as Google Apps, they now have to work together as a grade level to create an Action Plan for next school year. In this Action Plan, they have to decide how they will use at least one of the Google Apps to promote and practice effective Communication and Collaboration in the classroom. They worked together to determine and layout the necessary steps to be successful. The Action Plan requires that they determine what their overall goals will be, what resources they'll need, what their deadlines will be, and what their individual responsibilities will be.

Next school year, the teachers will put their Action Plan to use. And later into the next school year, they will continue to work on their Personalized PD Plan, by determining how other tech tools can be used to promote the other Cs (Critical Thinking and Creativity). And they will decide what other PD they would like to receive to continue their Plans.

My 4 Cs Coaching Service Announcement (CSA)
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