WebTop: the West Virginia K-12 Education Portal for 21st Century Learning
WebTop is the WVDE web portal which provides West Virginia educators with 21st Century tools. It combines third party tools (such as Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Calendar, ePearl, Twiddla, Manhattan, and WebTop Communities) as well as web applications developed by WVDE. Integrating 21st Century Skills and Technology Tools into all areas of education is necessary to prepare today's students to compete globally. This course begins with an Orientation Session followed by six individual content sessions emphasizing the use of the WebTop tools to promote communication and collaboration for Global 21 educators to create 21st Century learning environments. The course project will reflect real-world applications of the WebTop tools.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. 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:
utilize WebTop to promote Global 21 initiatives
learn how Google Docs enable collaboration
understand how Google Sites promote 21st Century communication and collaboration
learn how ePearl can be used to facilitate balanced assessment
utilize Google Calendar and Twiddla to provide 21st Century tools for communication and collaboration
learn how Manhattan promotes 21st Century Learning Skills for Global 21 learners
utilize WebTop Communities to support teachers as Global 21 educators
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete. Participants will need to download and use the Final Project Template to help them complete their projects for sharing their partially completed (Sessions One, Two and Three components) during Session Three and the completed Project during Session Six. Workshop participants are expected to complete weekly assignments, including active participation in the online discussion board. In addition, participants will develop and share their ideas to incorporate tools and strategies presented in the workshop into their own curricula.
As a final product, participants will plan strategies for professional development and instructional activities that utilize the WebTop tools. This product will be shared as a mid-course check during Session Three and as the Final Project during Session Six. Workshop participants are expected to complete weekly assignments, including active participation in the online discussion board. In addition, participants will develop and share their ideas to incorporate tools and strategies presented in the workshop into their own curricula.
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Participants are required to post a minimum of two substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and one that responds to an existing thread. 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, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone. Participants will read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session
Session One: Google Docs for Global 21 Collaboration
In this session, participants will create a WebTop account, investigate WebTop, and explore Google Docs. They will also download and examine the course project template.
Session Two: Google Sites for Global 21 Communications
In this session participants will explore Google Sites as a tool to promote communications for the 21st Century educator. Participants will learn how to create a Google Site, share it with specific people, make a site public, and add basic content to any Google site. They will also complete the Session 2 section of your course project template and discuss ways this WebTop tool can be used for Global 21 communications.
Session Three: ePearl for Student Portfolio Assessment in the 21st Century
In this session, participants will explore the use of ePearl as an online research-based electronic portfolio tool. It is designed to encourage self-regulation with student-based curriculum. ePearl can be used by a teacher to encourage student learning by using goal setting, self-reflection, and peer feedback. During this session, participants will learn how to create a portfolio, share a portfolio, and monitor students' portfolios and artifacts.
Session Four: Google Calendar & Twiddla for Making Global 21 Connections
In this session, participants will create a Google calendar and share it with the facilitator. They will also explore other options available in Google Calendar and Twiddla.
Session Five: Manhattan – An Online Platform for the Blended Classroom
In this session, participants will explore the basic options available in Manhattan and discuss ways this WebTop tool could be used as a valuable classroom resource.
Session Six: WebTop Communities for Leadership and Professional Development
In this session, participants will examine how to find, join, and navigate the WebTop Communities' platform. Participants will share and discuss ideas as to how to utilize this system as a collaborative resource and will share their final project with colleagues..