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Teaching and Learning With Mobile Devices for Active WV Educators
 
Course Description
    

In this course, participants will learn how mobile devices enhance teaching and learning in and out of the classroom. Ongoing instructional challenges, such as sustaining student engagement inside the classroom and extending student learning beyond the school day, can be powerfully addressed through the use of mobile devices. Apps that feature real-time images, augmented reality, interactive activities, and collaborative capabilities can enhance student understanding and help to personalize instruction. Students must learn how to use these technologies ethically and responsibly and teachers need to know how to maximize the potential of these devices. This course will highlight meaningful ways that teaching and learning can be enhanced in and out of the classroom, while also addressing the challenges that many educators face when trying to integrate mobile devices into learning activities. Session projects include 1) conducting an informal survey of your students (at least 75% of your students) to see how many and what kinds of mobile technology they have available, 2) creating infographics, locating and evaluating mobile apps for classroom instruction, 3) developing a learning activity integrating applications for mobile devices, 4) developing an original activity which integrates mobile devices and QR Codes, 5) creating a presentation to inform your audience (either the school administration and teachers, or the local BoE) about the advantages and disadvantages of implementation, management, and challenges that will coincide with BYOD in the classroom and 6) implementing a learning activity integrating applications for mobile devices.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Goals and Objectives

During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:

  • Enhance teaching and learning by creating opportunities for students and teachers to use mobile devices
  • Help students to understand and practice the safe and ethical use of mobile devices in and out of school
  • Enable students to create products, publish ideas, and demonstrate understanding through the use of mobile devices
  • Build community via interaction and communication with students and colleagues through the use of mobile devices
  • Address the challenges and management issues associated with incorporating mobile devices into the curriculum
  • Create a classroom project that integrates mobile devices

Audience

This is an introductory course for K-12 teachers, technology and curriculum specialists, school administrators, and other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and a web-enabled mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. Participants should be proficient with using email and browsing the Internet and will be required to download several free apps in order to participate in the course.

Course Structure

This course is designed as a facilitated, online course and is divided into seven one-week online sessions: an Orientation, and six content-based sessions. Each content session includes online readings, videos, activities, online and mobile explorations, and an online discussion. Content is designed so participants can complete course activities using mobile devices, in the process gaining hands-on experience in using these devices for their own learning. Participants can complete each session on their own schedule during the week, with the estimated time for each session to be four hours and the total amount of time for the entire course estimated to be 45 hours.

Session one Mobile Devices as Powerful Tools for Learning
Session two Effective Integration of Mobile Devices in the Classroom
Session three Mobile Devices Bring the World to Your Students
Session four Demonstrating Understanding and Expressing Creativity
Session five Challenges, Considerations, and Management of Mobile Devices in and out of the Classroom
Session six Developing Classroom Projecs with Mobile Devices

Assessment

Specific questions about assessment, expectations, or requirements should be directed to the facilitator of this course.

The following criteria be used to help determine successful completion of this course:

·         Participation in all session discussion forums

·         Sharing of products to group Twitter feed (#etlomobile)

·         Completion of the orientation and final course surveys

·         Completion of the final project (a plan for classroom implementation)

Readings and Activities: 
Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory. 

Orientation Quiz & Workshop Surveys: 
Participants must complete an Orientation Quiz with a score of 90% or higher. In addition, participants are expected to complete both a pre-course and a post-course survey. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.

Discussion Participation: 
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.  

Course Activities: Each week, participants will be building their knowledge about how to effectively use mobile devices for learning. As participants experiment with different mobile applications, they will share links to products that they create, along with their reflections on the experience on the discussion forums and the final template. In addition, there will be several times in the course when participants may be asked to share to Twitter [https://twitter.com/] via their mobile device. Twitter is currently the most popular microblogging service. Users are limited to messages of up to 140 characters, can easily share links of interest, and can follow whomever they want.
During the Orientation week, participants must set up a Twitter account if they do not currently have one.
When participants send a tweet related to this course, they should add the hashtag #etlomobile so that all participants can easily see all course-related tweets
 

Final Project: As Course Project, participants will complete a plan for implementation describing a lesson or project that they will conduct with students to maximize the potential of mobile devices. Participants will work on the planning template throughout the course and the facilitator will provide narrative feedback on this document using the Course Project Rubric. The partially completed project will be submitted to the course dropbox as a Mid-Course Check during Session Three and again when finalized to the Final Project dropbox in Session Six.

Course Resources: All of the resources in the course have been saved to a list on the social bookmarking tool, Diigo. Each resource has been tagged with the session number as well as key words so you can easily locate resources and access the collection of resources contained in this course after it is over. Teaching and Learning with Mobile Devices: Course Resources

Copyright and Plagiarism: All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented. Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities.  All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project. 

Plagiarism, the reproduction of all or any part of another individual’s or organization’s work, by a course participant of work associated with the course project or other course assignments at any point during the course will result in no credit being awarded for the course.

Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion.  A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

The grade scheme for this course will be:
C = all work meets the guidelines provided
I = the work submitted is incomplete and/or does not meet the guidelines provided
N = no work has been submitted 

Certificates of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Teaching and Learning with Mobile Devices, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant as a file attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course. Certificates of Completion are not recognized as being an official course transcript.

Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University, West Virginia State University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Standards

This workshop meets the standards for Content, Instructional Design, and Technology as defined in the National Standards of Quality for Online Courses, published by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). This workshop also provides teachers with an opportunity to meet the Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership standard as defined in the National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers, published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

About this Course

This course is designed by Education Development Center’s nationally recognized EdTech Leaders Online program, which has provided award-winning online professional development programs since1999 and includes a catalog of over 70 online professional development courses across a range of subject areas.