e-Learning for Educators
|21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Language Arts Classroom**|
Participants in this course will be introduced to 21st Century skills and tools and how they can be used in the language arts classroom. The content of this course is appropriate for K-12 teachers with resources focusing on multiple grade levels. Participants in this course will complete an instructional plan that includes 21st Century skills and tools.
**Based upon course revisions during Summer 2011 this course will be, effective October 2011, recognized as a technology course and will meet the technology coursework requirements for recertification.
**Participants in this course must be employed to teach English Language Arts in middle school or high school or as a multi-grades K-8 teacher.
21st Century Teaching and Learning in Language Arts
21st Century Teaching and Learning in Language Arts, a six session professional development online course, provides resources that will enable teachers to integrate 21st Century skills and technology tools into language arts lessons to prepare today's students to compete globally. Participants in this course will be introduced to 21st Century skills and tools and learn how they can be used in the language arts classroom. Participants in this course will complete an instructional plan that includes 21st Century skills and tools.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course.
This course will enable participants to:
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment which participants are required to complete. High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will develop portions of the Final Project. A mid-course check will take place during Session Three of the course.
As the final project for this course, participants will choose a language arts lesson they currently teach or have taught and transform it into a 21st Century lesson using the provided template. Participants may also elect to create a new lesson. Either should be appropriate for the grade(s) you teach. This lesson should reflect methods, tools and strategies of instruction presented in this course, should address WV CSO’s and ISTE standards. Participants should expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week meeting weekly requirements of workshop readings, activities and discussions (total of 24 hours). A minimum of 21 additional hours will be required to satisfy the course project requirement. The total workshop requirements represent a minimum 45 hours. During each session, participants will complete one or more portions of a Lesson Plan Template and will enter reflective notes in a word processing (Microsoft Word recommended) journal as described in Session One.
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 three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance and the degree to which they extend the discussion. Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session.