Leveraging Technology to Increase Students’
Critical-Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity Skills

Presenters: Stephanie Smith Budhai, PhD. and Laura McLaughlin Taddei, EdD.
High Schools That Work Conference, July 15, 2016, Louisville, Kentucky

Session Abstract:
This session focuses on technology use to guide students toward critical-thinking, building interpersonal communication, effectively working with teams, and creating and innovating products. Participants will explore ways to prepare students for these 21st century skills while transforming learning experiences by substituting, augmenting, modifying, and redefining technology use in the classroom.

Session Outcomes:
  • Share and explore ways to prepare students for 21st century skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity)
  • Discuss and explore ways to teach 21st century skills while transforming learning experiences by substituting, augmenting, modifying, and redefining technology use in the classroom.
  • Using the SAMR model and the Partnership for 21st century learning framework, examples will be discussed and provided to take learning to the next level with the use of technology.

Link to Session Presentation:


Icebreaker with technology- let's try it - Please visit the following url and add a comment or a picture or a quote to share with our group that goes along with our topic for this session:

Hashtags we will use to post pictures to social media - #HSTW2016 #Teaching21stCenturySkills

Join our wiki:
Please feel free to join our wiki and access resources we will be using during this session:

Communication and Collaboration Activity:
To access the activity, please go here - http://tinyurl.com/4cs-communicationactivity

More Tools to Use:
Check out our wiki page that includes tools you can use when teaching the 4 Cs with technology - http://leveragingtechnologytointegratethe4cs.wikispaces.com/Tech+Tools+and+Integrating+the+4+Cs

Share your story:
Before you leave today, please take a few minutes to complete our short online survey sharing your story with us - http://goo.gl/forms/BCsCbnQBY6

Exit Ticket:
This will serve as your exit ticket today - http://tinyurl.com/4Csexitticket. Please go to this link and add a reflection, thought, or question related to our presentation. Thank you for attending!

Using Voice-Recorded Technology:
An article we wrote describing ways to use voice-recorded technology to increase cognitive presence -

Using GooseChase - check out the pics from the activity today:

Examples of using wikis to teach the 4 Cs:

SAMR - Blooms -
Communication/Collaboration Activity:
Higher Order Thinking Activity:

Blooms Taxonomy - action verb list - Revised Blooms with Action Verbs

Handout with contact information:

Suggested Tools to Use:

Thanks for attending our presentation:
Using Voki

Presenter Contact Information:

Stephanie Smith Budhai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Director, Graduate Education Email: budhais@neumann.edu Phone: 610-358-4249
Laura McLaughlin Taddei, Ed.D., Associate Professor Email: taddeiL@neumann.edu Phone: 610-513-6144
Neumann University, Aston, PA.