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Teaching Tips: 4 C's of Literacy

These sites explore the four C’s of literacy in the 21st Century classroom: collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. Learn about each of the types of literacy, and find what Web 2.0 tools you can use to nurture them in the classroom. Includes links to eThemes Resources Teaching Tips: Teaching Creative Thinking and Cooperative Problem Solving Tasks.


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Explore new learning and thinking curricula requiring collaboration, topics discussed include: characteristics of a collaborative classroom, teacher roles in a collaborative classroom, student roles in a collaborative classroom, interactions in a collaborative classroom, challenges and conflicts, what is the research bars for collaborative learning, other research, and other examples of collaborative instruction.
This 80 page PDF provides a guide to collaboration in the classroom. Includes a discussion of collaborative learning, a case study at UH Manoa, how to prepare for collaborative activities, incorporating writing, research and collaboration, assessing collaboration, and assessing instruction and courses in progress.
This site includes ideas for building community in the classroom, collaborative learning, collaborative activities, and ways of getting students involved.
This presentation explores one college programs use of Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom. Includes a resource web page, a discussion of why standard collaboration strategies don't work well, a look at technology that facilitates collaboration, and an overview of Google Docs & Spreadsheets. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (forum, memo board, etc.)
Examine what collaboration is, how it functions in today's business world, in the classroom, and some Web 2.0 tools you can use to encourage collaboration.
This wiki explores what the 21st Century classroom is, why we need to build 21st Century skills with our students, what these skills are, and includes links to wiki examples of how some classrooms are using these skills.
Learn about the key elements in effective communication and logical & effective decision making.
Explore the importance of effective communication in the classroom and learn some Web 2.0 tools you can use to encourage effective communication.
Learn why we don't listen, discover how to vary your listening style, and determine what type of listener you are.
Learn about the importance of creativity in today's economy, what creativity is, creativity in the classroom, some Web 2.0 tools you can use to encourage creativity.
This presentation explores the place of creativity and innovation in the 21st Century classroom, including the role of students and teachers.
This list of Web 2.0 sites and activities provide knowledge and skills students should master for success in the 21st century.
Explore the goals related to nurturing creativity and innovation with students, and explore links to various resources to related to both. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (forum, message board, etc.)
Discover the importance of developing critical thinking skills, what critical thinking is, critical thinking in the classroom, some Web 2.0 tools you can use to encourage critical thinking.
Learn what critical thinking means generally, how it makes classes better, two things to keep in mind when getting started, and three classroom techniques.
Look more into what critical thinking is, characteristics of critical thinking, why teach critical thinking, and strategies to help promote critical thinking skills.
These sites provide tips and techniques in teaching and integrating creating thinking skills in classroom teaching. Find out why it is important to teach students to be creative and innovative. There are resources on different strategies and models of teaching creating thinking as well as lesson plans.
Problem solving can be fun. Explore the following activities where kids are encourage to think creatively, share thoughts and opinions, create, discuss and solve problems, and than draw conclusions. Includes science, mathematical, logical, and environmental games and activities.

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