Monday, June 1, 2015

Communication Skills to Support Teaching & Learning

In a previous post I discussed Collaboration as the first skill I think about when I evaluate possible uses of an online tool. If I can't find a way to use a tool in a collaborative way, I may not invest in using it.
When I look at new tool to share with staff or use in my classroom I want to know how it can support and build essentials skills before I think about content. I always try start with how a tool can support one or more of the 4Cs.
Communication is another skill critical for learners.
Communication - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students will:
  • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
  • Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
With the help of my incredible PLN, I've compiled a list of tools that can support communication for students and teachers in classrooms.
Check out these resources in this collaborative Google Doc:

What other tools can you recommend to build communication skills with students and staff?