Communication is the last skill in our 5 part “Finding the Why” series. Why did we save it for last? Because it is the skill that ties all the others together. Critical Thinking. Creativity. Collaboration. To make these work-we MUST be able to communicate our ideas effectively. Do people understand what we are saying, are we sharing our information with the right audience, are our ideas grounded in research and critical thinking? Not only must we be able to speak to communicate-but we must be able to listen. Are we hearing or truly listening? In a world where communication has dwindled down to a host of acronyms & emojis via text messages (BTW, BRB, LOL, ROFL, CB, DUR, etc) we have to be intentional about our words and our message.
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The Global Digital Citizen has a great article on Communication:
Students must be able to communicate not just with text or speech, but in multiple multimedia formats. They must be able to communicate visually through video and imagery as effectively as they do with text and speech.
Why it’s important: Communication is a broad term that incorporates multi-faceted levels of interaction and imparting information to others. Students love to communicate using technology, and this is an essential part of Media Fluency. But it’s more than just being able to effectively use digital media—it’s about personal interactions as well.
We must remind our students that responsible communication practice puts forth their best representation of who they are as individuals in every relationship and alliance they make in their lives. Whether talking face-to-face, blogging, texting, or creating a visual product, their values and beliefs are defined by how well they communicate with others. Encouraging them to develop and hone every aspect of their communication skills will serve them well in both their personal and professional lives.
Where do I begin with communication in my classroom that addresses these 21st Century Skills? Below is a picture of just a “few” ideas that make communicating and collaborating in the classroom easier.
EdTechReview blog has a great post about Enhancing Students’ Communication Skills: