Supporting Student Learning with the 4 Cs of Technology Integration
A competency-based learning program for teachers to support student learning in a digital learning environment through critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration
The 4 C’s of education are 21st century Skills that our students need to be successful in the future by ensuring career and college readiness. These skills are:
- Critical Thinking – Looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects & disciplines
- Creativity – Trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation & invention
- Communication – Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions
- Collaboration – Working together to reach a goal, putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work
Micro-credentials in this Program
Critical Thinking to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment
Critical thinking is the ability to analyze, interpret, evaluate, make decisions and solve problems. Critical thinking occurs when students are asked to think deeply about their own learning process (i.e., metacognition) or when they’re asked to think about why or how for a problem or context with many possible outcomes. Educators must use technology to support critical thinking in support of student learning to ready students for the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Creativity to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment
Educators must look for ways to incorporate creativity through the use of digital tools in their classroom. Creativity is an integral part of 21st Century Learning and supporting learning through creativity is necessary to prepare students with skills to use in both college and career. When educators incorporate creativity and use digital resources in the classroom to support learning, students thrive.
Communication to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment
Educators must look for ways to emphasize the effective use of oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills for multiple purposes. In today’s classroom communication focuses on effective listening, using technology to communicate, and being able to evaluate the effectiveness of communication efforts—all within diverse contexts. Educators must look for and create opportunities for students to share their learning with authentic audiences to build and support student communication skills.
Collaboration to Support Student Learning in a Digital Learning Environment
Collaboration is the ability to work effectively with others; it can be both a process to support learning as well as an outcome. Collaboration has been shown to strongly enhance critical thinking skills and in today’s classroom that is essential. Educators must use technology to support collaboration and acknowledge that technology for technology’s sake in collaboration does not work, instead collaboration must be well-thought-out and purposeful.
Why Enroll in the 4 Cs of Technology Integration Program?
The 4 Cs of Technology Integration micro-credential program provides an opportunity for districts to implement personalized, competency-based professional learning around a core set of teaching skills. BloomBoard programs are designed to engage educators in their own growth via learning by doing, and getting recognition and credit for it. Participants will:
- Gain immediately applicable classroom tactics and functional knowledge for effectively integrating technology into instruction.
- Cultivate the capacities of a modern tech-enabled teacher and professional learner including the skills to self-assess, self-motivate and create individual professional learning paths and networks
- Demonstrate competence via a micro-credential that will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Optional graduate credit is available.
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Issued By The Friday Institute
The 4 Cs of Technology Integration micro-credential program is issued by The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. They are advancing education through innovation in digital-age teaching, learning and leadership, bringing together students, teachers, researchers, policy-makers, educational professionals and other community members to foster collaborations in improving education.
Why Micro-credentials Matters
What’s in a Micro-credential
Micro-credentials on BloomBoard follow the ADDIE instructional design framework. Each micro-credential is based on a robust, standardized blueprint, grounded in instructional design best practices.