7 C’s of 21st Century and Digital Divide

This day (May 5, 2019), new lesson was presented to us by the discussants. They presented the meaning and emphasize the importance of each lesson.

7 C’s of 21st Century

The first lesson was 7 C’s that underlies the 21st century lifelong learning skills. These 7Cs are derived from a number of contemporary efforts to define the essential skills needed for a society’s future workforce.

Critical Thinking-This is all about creating open challenges for students that require research and analysis of information along with problem-solving and analytic thinking

Creativity-Being innovative will continue to be a key driver, and, yes, you can teach creativity. By giving opportunities and environments that allow students to be curious seekers of new knowledge, we lead them to exercise their creative muscles. For the future, they will need to design creative solutions, tell artful stories, and curate a collection of designs in their new world.

Communication-The quality of your ideas is meaningless if ‘you no talk no good’ because communicating your purposes to others is an essential part of determining the success or failure of an endeavor. This includes the ability to craft and analyze the information you give and receive. In a modern context, it also pertains to media literacy.

Collaboration-Even if you develop an incredible initial concept, you will need a team of people to help bring it to life. Do you play well with others? Even if you are in a leadership role (or perhaps especially) you need to be able to connect, cooperate, compromise, and build community. That’s 4 more Cs just in this 1 area.

Cross-Cultural Understanding-Since the creation of the internet, the world has become a much more connected place and the future will require your students to be able to interact in that space. This is about global citizenship that spans across diverse ethnic groups, cultures, and ideas. The UN Sustainable Development Goals will play a large role in guiding you here.

Computing Technology-While the technology is certain to change, a basic understanding of troubleshooting and logical program creation and design will always be important. It’s even more crucial that students learn how to navigate in a world of electronic information and how they can become positive digital citizens.

Career Learning-This area encompasses many of the job and life skills that have always been crucial. That means everything from setting and achieving goals, managing time, being organized and effective, and dealing positively with workplace challenges. It also entails self-reliance and self-care. One of the most important parts of career learning and life is cultivating the concept that you are a lifelong learner.

Digital Divide

Digital divide is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don’t or have restricted access. This technology can include the telephone, television, personal computers and the Internet.

The major cause of the digital divide is access. Although this is the majorcontributing factor, there are other factors that contribute which include the following:cost of technology, access for the disabled, lack of skills, lack of education, lack of information, and lower-performance computers.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE. Access to computers and the Internet and the ability to effectively use this technology are becoming increasingly important for full participation in America s economic, political and social life.

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