THE 4C’s- COMMUNICATION (3/4)
Blog Post Agenda:
1. COMMUNICATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
2. 50 SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS COMMUNICATION TOOLS 🙂
In a hurry? Grab this pdf file! 50 (A)synchronous Communication Tools
3. END OF BLOG POST BONUS (Web index for communication)
1. COMMUNICATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Over the last two blog posts I discussed the first two components of the 4 C’s – Critical Thinking and Creating. Now it’s time for the third one- Communication, which will be followed by the last one –Collaboration– on my next blog post. Cultivating the 21st century skills in all educational settings should be a non-negotiable. Effective communication is the foundation on which all relationships exist. Effective communication also affects the quality of the relationships between individuals. Among many other things, it also influences directly how individuals are perceived and how high they advance on the social ladder.
What does communication look like in the 21st century? As you are reading this blog post you have probably already received about three messages from family members over the phone, from friends via email, or from acquaintances via social media. The 21st century is infused with various new forms of communication which ignore the protocols we have used for thousands of years for communicating with each other. However, the bottom line remains the same: our goal is to get our message across. Whether it is a face-to-face conversation or an email exchange, our goal is to send meaningful messages.
In order to succeed in the 21st century, our students have to learn how to be effective communicators. In order to teach them these important skills (oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills), we need to provide them with various opportunities. They need to learn how to communicate effectively – to individuals and groups, via spoken communications, written communications, and electronic communications.
The Partnership for the 21st century skills lists the following features for an effective communicator:
2. 50 SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
The 21st century educator utilizes new avenues of communication in order to answer the demands of the new generation and prepare them for the demands of the modern society. The novelty of the communication in a 21st century education environment derives from three critical aspects: with whom we communicate, how we communicate, and when and where we communicate.
The following list of 50 tools for synchronous and asynchronous communication I meticulously assembled is a great resource for me and for you. It covers a wide variety of tools that can bring novel changes in your classroom instruction. You can easily pick and choose the tools that fit your teaching style and your students’ needs and add them to your own toolbox.
You can also download a pdf here 🙂 50 Asynchronous AND Synchronous Communication Tools
3. END OF BLOG POST BONUS
Instead of recommending at the end of this blog post a quick tool that you could use in your classroom, like I always do, this time for the end-of-blog-post bonus, I am giving you a link where you can find a Web index which contains tons of communication resources here.
You can find everything you might need from guidelines regarding the basics of communication to grammar resources, how to guides, tutorials for writing, thesis and research paper resources, guidelines regarding public speaking, copyright, plagiarism, citation guides, and many others.
Until next time get creative, be inspired, and grow! 🙂
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