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Above and Beyond: The Story of the 4Cs

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, advises that we inspire learners to achieve and that we teach well beyond the bubble test:

In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the 3R’s they are tested on in school. It’s time to help them go “above & beyond”, by embracing the 4Cs.

Of course, these Cs are all over ISTE’s NETS and ALA’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner and Andrew Churches’ Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.  Of course, they are all over most of our goals for teaching and learning, or they should be.

But here are a couple lovely little tool designed to help refresh our practice, to encourage our learners to rise above and beyond.

In collaboration with author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and FableVision, P21 shares this inspirational animated video and an accompanying poster to spread the 3Rs + 4C approach.

I am hoping to use this little video with our Digital Storytelling Academy this summer and with our teachers in the fall.

4Cs poster

Download the 4C’s Posterpdf

Learn more about the Partnership and the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Yes, let’s use it!

  2. I’ve been researching 21st century skills a lot lately! Wanted to share a video we made for 21st century skills:

    ACTFL World Languages 21st Century Skills video

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