Teaching Generation TechX with the 4Cs: Using Technology to Integrate 21st Century Skills

Jennifer Levin-Goldberg
2012 Journal of Instructional Research  
As we journey further into the 21st century, apprehensions emerge among business leaders in American markets. These concerns do not go unwarranted or unnoticed. Contemporary data portrays a despondent picture regarding new graduate preparedness for the global workforce. The findings reveal that employers feel the new entrants are deficient in the21st century skills imperative for current market progress and profit. The critical 21st century skills employers demand are critical thinking and
more » ... em solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation-the 4Cs. The challenge is: How do educators better prepare students for 21st century skills utilizing technology as the conduit? This paper highlights three strategies (amendable to immediate, low cost, interdisciplinary implementation) that educators could utilize to foster student preparedness for the 21st century workforce. Strategies include: (a) becoming cognizant and literate in Web 2.0 tools; (b) assigning real world problems and issues for students to resolve using technology; and (c) creating collaborative problem-based learning experiences utilizing the resources available via the Web. Accurately employing these pedagogical methods may reclaim American academic and labor
doi:10.9743/jir.2013.8 fatcat:fjtnpqkou5ekhcwpchdrrztmfe