Teacher Education Professional Development Institute at Otterbein University
Build a 4C Curriculum with Communication, Collaboration, Creative Thinking and Critical Thinking
During the 21st Century Skills Institute you will:
- Explore ideas in a technology-rich, engaging learning environment
- Learn from instructors who model 21st century teaching
- Learn ways to integrate the 4Cs into your practice
- Discuss ideas with your colleagues
- Apply new learning to practice
- Build connections and share ideas with other educators
Classes take place on Jan. 28, Feb. 18, and March 10, 2016 (*March 31 will be used, if needed, for a snow day.)
The schedule for each class will be:
- 9:30-11:45 a.m. - Learn with Otterbein faculty in the mornings
- 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Enjoy a relaxing lunch (provided)
- 12:30-2:30 p.m. - Apply your new ideas! Collaborate and build 4C curriculum with your colleagues
This institute introduces the 4Cs and supports teachers’ efforts to integrate the 4Cs in their own practice. Each day of the Institute the top five strategies for cultivating the 4Cs will be shared and teachers will participate in active learning experiences that are grounded in research and theory. Afternoon sessions will allow teachers to collaborate in small professional learning communities to create 4C Curriculum.
Attend all three sessions* or choose those most relevant for you and your students and colleagues!
Session 1. Cultivating Critical Thinking, Jan. 28, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Cultivating Critical Thinking – Top Five Practices! Explore 21st century technologies and tools as your learn the top five practices for building students’ critical thinking skills. Create a paper slide video, multi-media interactive activities and more! Instructor: Dr. Clare Kilbane, former teacher, researcher of 21st technologies and co-author of Teaching Models: Designing instruction for 21st century learners.
Session 2. Cultivating Creativity, Feb. 18, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Cultivating Creativity – Top Five Practices! Explore 21st century technologies and tools as you learn the top five practices for fostering everyone’s inner creativity, including your own! Adapt an assignment or project using creative tools called Voki and Tagxedo. Instructor: Dr. Dee Knoblauch, researcher of creativity in the classroom, educational psychologist and former high school teacher.
Session 3. Cultivating Collaboration and Communication, March 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Cultivating Collaboration and Communication – Top Five Practices! Explore 21st century technologies and tools as you build capacity in your students for productive collaboration during group work; stronger, more reasoned communication during discussions; and technology-rich approaches to communication with others. Explore screen casts as a tool to communicate. Instructor: Dr. Kristin Bourdage, former language arts teacher, researcher of classroom discussions and instructional coach of literacy practices.
*Only those attending all three sessions will be eligible for graduate course credit at Otterbein University. Also, those seeking graduate course credit will have classroom-embedded application assignments in-between the sessions.