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The four C’s (communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking) are extremely interconnected, especially in computer science curriculum. Every teacher knows how important the 4 C’s are, but in reality, it’s much more challenging to implement them consistently during the hustle and bustle of the school day.
In this session, The Sea of C’s: Connecting the 4 C’s and Computer Science, walk away with a better understanding of the four C’s, new strategies on how you can use computer science to reinforce each skill, and a sample computer science lesson to use immediately in your classroom.
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Educators help students connect with each other and the world around them. In the digital age, communication has an extra layer. Students are not only connecting face-to-face, but also through messaging apps, social media, and other device-led forums. That is why educators must continue to foster strong research, writing, and presentation skills among their students. Learning how to navigate digital spaces with responsibility and kindness is essential to 21st century learning.
A common frame of reference for computer science resources include isolated events – one and done activities where students sit alone in front of a computer to play games or solve puzzles. Computer science curriculum, however, has the unique opportunity to create an energized classroom environment. Using project-based learning, students work together to reach a common goal. This helps students open up to different ideas, and brainstorm with their peers, and present solutions.
Since we have constant access to information, students can fall into the trap of searching for “the” answer. Often, there are many solutions to a problem – and many paths to reach those solutions. This is where critical thinking plays a key role in student development. Educators can encourage idea generation, brainstorming, and problem solving. As a result, students become engaged learners, investing in their own problem solving skills.
Creativity isn’t only about art or theater; it’s about using the tools at your disposal to solve problems. Educators can empower students to find new ways to accomplish tasks or create connections between concepts and ideas. Using their imagination and resourcefulness, students can think outside the box and see the world around them in different ways.