According to the National Education Association (NEA)"...interviewed leaders of all kinds to determine which of the 21st century skills were the most important for K-12 education. There was near unanimity that four specific skills were the most important(NEA, 2012).
The "four C's" are
The use of "four c's" combined with the International Standards for Technology Education(ISTE) are staples in planning, execution and evaluating ourselves as teachers(ISTE, 2016). Continued collaboration with other content areas is imperative to inspire student learning by providing context, utilizing technology and communication similar to what they will experience with a global digital society.
As an educator I should be able to reflect on my teaching(daily) and ask, Have I supported, emphasized or enabled the use of the "four c's"? In my preparation, design, execution and assessment have I inspired creativity, student learning? The most difficult benchmark for me is modeling the digital world. I will strive be a facilitator and enabler.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)., 2016. ISTE Standards for Teachers. Retrieved September 13, 2016 from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/standards-for-teachers
NEA, 2012 An Educator's Guide to the "4 C's"., Teaching Strategies Retrieved September 13, 2016 from http://www.nea.org/tools/52217.htm