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Skilling and Thrilling Digitally: Promote Engagement and Deep Thinking With the 4Cs

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Participate and share : Poster

Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Carolyn Daly  
Dr. Jayme Johnson  

Explore elementary digital projects that use a 4Cs (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication) approach that encourage students to apply what they have learned. View project work, tools and resources that will ignite the inner inventor and advocate in all of us.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this poster presentation is to share ways to integrate the 4C’s (Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking Skills) into meaningful digital project work.

After participating in the poster session, the participants will;
- understand the benefits of incorporating the 4C’s in instructional assignments
- identify tools and resources to nurture student’s inventive nature and share their voice
- gather high-level tried and true project ideas that can be used right away in the classroom

Supporting research

Partnership for 21st Century Skills –

Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollcak, J. E. (2001). Classroom instruction that works. Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. Alexandria: ASCD.

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Carolyn Daly, Tech4Learning

Carolyn Daly has been working for an educational technology company in San Diego, called Tech4Learning for over 20 years. She has conducted hundreds of presentations at local and state-wide conferences and writes articles for the online Creative Educator magazine. Before working for Tech4Learning, Carolyn taught for 4 years as a bilingual educator in California, in addition to 2 years in schools in Costa Rica and Guatemala. She holds a Master’s of Education in Literacy from California State San Marcos, CA where she conducted her final thesis project on the impact of constructivist technology tools on second language learner’s writing.

Dr. Jayme Johnson, St. John's Episcopal School, Dallas

Dr. Jayme L. Johnson is an academic leader, educational technologist, and the Head of Lower School at St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas. She is a Google Certified Innovator (GTAWA ‘11) and is Google Apps certified. She also holds certification or ambassadorships from: Apple Teacher Swift Playgrounds, Microsoft Innovative Educator, BrainPOP, SymbalooEDU, Fablevision League of Visionaries, Common Sense Education, Tech4Learning, and others. Jayme has presented for non-profit organizations, parenting groups, and at numerous conferences (edCamps, ISTE, CUE, ATLIS, Global Education Conference) on the topics of professional development, technology integration, global collaboration, robotics, and parenting in the digital age.

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