Teaching Collaboration and Critical Thinking, Tech-Free

Being college- and career-ready requires two important skills: collaboration and critical thinking. Sure, many graduates will use technology as they practice these skills. But neither is “about” technology.

Everywhere you turn in education, there’s tech talk—1:1 laptops, cell phones, iPads, apps, flipping the classroom, and more. From all the chatter, you’d think every classroom (and every student’s home) was wired and loaded with the latest gadgets and gizmos.

Not true. The “digital divide” persists. Plenty of us have to get by on a couple of computers and a less-than-reliable wireless connection. And many of our students work with much less than that at home.

But, even if we lack the latest tools, we still have plenty of ways to help our students develop 21st-century skill sets. <Read more.>

Via Ben Curran, Education Week.