As we consider the future of education and the future of work, it’s crucial to assess the skills we want to develop in students in order to ensure their future success. Creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration, also known as the 4 C’s, are essential skills for future success.
The 4C’s are 21st-century innovative skills that are necessary for students to succeed in work and in life. Critical thinking is the ability to analyse, interpret, evaluate, make decisions, and solve problems. Communication is the ability to convey knowledge while clearly expressing one’s views and opinions to others. It could be in the form of spoken, written, or multimedia messages. Collaboration is defined as the capability to cooperate with others to achieve a common objective while remaining flexible and sharing responsibility for group activity. Creativity consists of brainstorming, generating ideas, responding to others’ ideas, and making ideas tangible and useful to others.
WHY ARE THE 4C’S IMPORTANT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF 21ST CENTURY LEARNERS?
Critical thinking skills helps boost motivation. Students who have good critical thinking and problem-solving skills are more likely to be academically motivated and less likely to be negatively influenced. Creativity is a good way to release stress. Students who express themselves creatively experience less frustration, develop a love of learning, and gain an understanding of other perspectives.
Communication and collaboration promote confidence. The development of communication skills through engaging and collaborative techniques boosts self-esteem, allows for healthy emotional growth, and promotes teamwork. The 4C’s support the development of executive function abilities such as planning, organising, and strategizing. This skill set helps in the development of self-control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility in students, allowing them to learn new concepts and expand their social-emotional capacities. Employers highly value the 4C’s because they take into account a job candidate’s ability to communicate, collaborate, think critically, and creatively. Encouraging students to develop these abilities can help them succeed in the future.
How can technology support the 4c’S development?
Technology’s advantages should be leveraged to re-imagine 21st-century education, with a focus on equipping students to be lifelong learners. There are no textbooks or manuals available to show teachers how to teach the 4C’s to the students. It is important that they learn these skills from their daily school and home lives on their own. As a result, educators should be aware of the 4C’s, prepare their lessons carefully to include these skills, and encourage their students to participate in activities that will help them develop these skills. The table below gives some examples of how to use digital tools to help with the development of the 4C’S.
The slides presentation that follows is more focused on Google tools.