Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity
By Steve Wick, Wicked EdTech
I am just amazed how much education has changed in a decade. I earned my Masters of Education in Instructional Technology in 2004. This was three years before I took on the dual role of part-time Science Teacher and part-time Instructional Technology Coordinator. (I might argue that both are full-time jobs, but that may be a post for another day.) I earned my degree in the 21st Century, but I honestly don’t remember any of my classes focusing on 21st Century Skills.
Much of my learning was focused on the creation of tools, technical skills, and technology resources. EdTech was only a for substitution, not for enhancement. I learned very little about the skills needed to support learners in a student-centered classroom.
The tools were cool, but I’m not sure I could name more than a handful that I used to complete my Masters. While the tools have faded, my learning and philosophy has continued to evolve.
I first began to think a bit about the 4Cs and 21st Century Skills in 2008 when I stumbled on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Website. P21 was a game changer for me as a teacher and learner.
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