Digital Media- New Learners of the 21st Century and the 4C’s

Digital Media- New Learners of the 21st Century:

One of the section topics in the video Digital Media- New Learners of the 21st Century was the one about the one that pairs students with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC to make technology based interactive scavenger hunts based on exhibits within the Smithsonian. I think that this project contains and uses the Four Cs; critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. The students worked together to think critically about the clues and give feedback to other groups about their clues and writing styles. The students collaborated and communicated within their own groups, other groups of students, and with the Smithsonian staff and professionals. All parties involved used their creativity to provide, build, and explore this scavenger hunt program.

The Four Cs- Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity

The 3 Ds- Design, Develop, and Determine

I think the article Is There a Best Way to Develop the 4 Cs in All Students by John Larmer provides great points about how to maximize learning through Project Based Learning that is fed by the Common Core Standards and guided by the 4Cs is very well done. He does not bash or berate teachers for not using this trinity of teaching but rather suggests and explains that the ground work is already there and implemented in the classroom. He outlines how to pull up the learning and teaching within the classroom with very open examples knowing full well that each class and year has it focuses, challenges, and strengths. Yes, he plugs in his book and hints at the more in-depth ideas and strategies therein but what author wouldn’t. If his book is as guiding and helpful as this short brush with his work in the article then please sell it to me and tell me more. Mr. Larmer’s article and points about the best use of PBL and the 4Cs and the 3Ds to support and strengthen the 4Cs is a well-crafted, straightforward, and enlightening read.


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