e-Learning for Educators
|21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom**|
Participants in this course will be introduced to 21st Century skills and tools and how they can be used in the mathematics 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.
* Participants in this course must be employed to teach mathematics at the middle school or high school or as a multi-grades K-8 teacher.
21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom
This course is one of four content-specific courses that focuses on incorporating 21st Century teaching and learning into language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curricula. Participants will explore the integration of 21st Century skills and technology tools to enhance students’ learning of mathematics with resources and assignments targeted across grade levels... Examples of exemplary teaching and learning with 21st Century skills and tools will be investigated and discussed.
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 an instructional plan specific to their course and grade level that includes 21st Century skills and tools. Weekly assignments address sections of this lesson plan and a mid-course check will be completed during Session Three.
During each session, participants will complete one or more portions of a technology-enhanced instructional plan specific to their course and grade level that includes 21st Century skills and tools and meets NCTM and ISTE standards. A Lesson Plan template and Final Project Rubric are provided in Session One. The mid-course check during Session Three consists of a partially completed lesson plan (Sessions One, Two and Three being completed) and the Final Project will be peer-reviewed and submitted for facilitator feedback during Session Six.
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.