Hacking Education Technology with the 4Cs

EdTech and the 4cs
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Listen to “71: Education Technology and the 4 Cs with Stephanie Budhai and Laura Taddei” on Spreaker.

Technology integration in today’s classroom is an always evolving hot topic in education. Stephanie Smith Budhai and Laura McLaughlin Taddei, college professors and authors of Teaching the 4Cs with Technology: How do I use 21st-century tools to teach 21st-century skills? In Episode 71 of the Hack Learning Podcast, they explain how teachers can hack EdTech with the SAMR model and the 4Cs.

The Problem — Tons of technology with little training

Many districts/schools are implementing technology programs that offer opportunities for 24/7 learning, but teachers need more support and ideas when it comes to implementing the technology in a way that redefines and transforms teaching and learning.

The Hack — Start with SAMR and develop the 4Cs

Purposeful instructional technology, founded on the SAMR Model (substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition). When using SAMR as a guide for instruction, teachers can more easily enhance the 4Cs (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity).


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What You Can Do Tomorrow 

  1. Use a framework (SAMR) to implement technology in a meaningful way.
  2. Write an action plan that includes at least one new technology tool you can easily integrate into teaching and learning.
  3. Encourage innovation by modeling.

Learn more

Visit the Integrating the 4Cs With Technology website.

Look inside Teaching the 4Cs with Technology.

Stephanie Smith Budhai has 9 years PK-16 teaching experience, and is in her fourth year as an assistant professor at Neumann University, serving also as the director of graduate education in the Education division. Dr. Budhai holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from Drexel University, a M.Ed in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland College Park, and a B.S.Ed. in Elementary and Special Education from Temple University. She also holds teaching certifications through the Pennsylvania Department of Education in PK-12 Instructional Technology, PK-12 Special Education, and K-6 Elementary Education, as well as the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) and Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Online Course certifications. Dr. Budhai became interested in educational technology integration while studying Learning Technologies at Drexel University and completing her internship at a PK-8 independent school for her Instructional Technology Specialist certification. Dr. Budhai is also on the Leadership Team of the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Laura McLaughlin Taddei is Associate Professor of Education at Neumann University in Aston, PA, advising undergraduate students and adult learners in an accelerated BA degree program for early childhood professionals. Dr. Taddei was a career changer and began her second career as an early childhood teacher. Prior to this, she worked with adults providing training for an insurance company. While teaching young children, she was passionate about the importance of high-quality professional development and became a certified trainer and consultant through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. She has been teaching in higher education for the past 8 years. Dr. Taddei completed her BA degree in Business as an adult learner in an accelerated degree program at Immaculata University in 2000. She went on to obtain a Master’s in Education with certification in K-6 Elementary Education from Cabrini College in 2007. She also holds certification as a Private Academic Pre-k-K Teacher, PQAS certified trainer, and Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. She received a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership in 2012 from Widener University. Her research interests are in the area of teacher and faculty development, instructional coaching, culturally responsive teaching, collaboration, and educational technology. Follow Laura on Twitter: @drlaurataddei.

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