Supporting Instruction with Web 2.0 Tools
This course is designed to enable participants to investigate Web 2.0 tools for teachers and students, to learn how these tools can and are being used as educational tools to enhance students’ learning and to determine what tools are conducive to promote 21st Century teaching and learning. The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation, during which participants actively explore and utilize Web 2.0 tools and their integration into instructional plans that promote high-quality learning of content. Participants investigate use of Web 2.0 tools as they develop an understanding of the growing needs of change in instruction for 21st Century learners as well as the increasing demand for the utilization of Web 2.0 tools in the workplace.
This course is designed for k-12 classroom teachers, technology specialists and curriculum specialists. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and proficiency with email, browsing the Internet and using computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is highly recommended as most files will use that format. Additionally, Web 2.0 tools will be investigated and appropriate software (free) for these tools will need to be downloaded.
This workshop will enable participants to:
utilize Web 2.0 tools to enhance students’ learning
understand the growing need for change in instruction for 21st Century learners
understand the increasing demand for utilizing Web 2.0 tools in the workplace.
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 a lesson plan during each week’s session. Weekly assignments address specific sections of this Final Project.
Participants are expected to complete a 21st Century Lesson Plan using Web 2.0 tools for a course they currently teach. This may be an original lesson to be developed for students or an existing plan that will be enhanced with Web 2.0 tools and technology instruction. Participants will learn about Web 2.0 tools, instructional strategies, collaborative projects and safety concerns as they plan their instruction and assessment of students' work. A Final Project Rubric is provided to guide lesson plan development. The mid-course check will be a partially completed lesson plan submitted at the end of Session Three. The Final Project - lesson plan is due during Session Six.
Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that responds 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
Session One: 21st Century Literacy: What Is It?
Participants will read about and explore the benefits of “New Literacy” tools for teachers, learn how these tools enhance students’ learning, and include these tools in lesson plans to promote 21st Century learning. Participants join a blog and gain experience in exploring and using this tool for instruction. Activities evolve around the Route 21 website videos, the teacher blog and a preview of the Lesson Plan template to be completed for the Final Project. Discussions provide opportunities for participants to share their views on readings and activities as they work to “shift” from teaching facts to “teaching students”.
Session Two: Flat World: Flat Classrooms
Participants explore the concept of flattening or globalizing their instruction and the impact this has on education and student learning. Web 2.0 tools and their usage in a variety of disciplines will be investigated as participants work through readings, view collaborative projects and integrated lessons and view a podcast by fourth graders. Activities include working with Global SchoolNet resources and continuation of the course blog to share technology tools. Participants continue work on their individual Lesson Plan Template.
Session Three: Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers and Students
In Session Three, participants will explore Web 2.0 tools and examine how they can be used to motivate and engage students in powerful learning experiences. Readings and videos involve participants in uses of Web 2.0 tools to foster communication, collaboration and learning of core content. The course blog is continued as participants continue to explore Web 2.0 tools and, in this session, select tools they will embed in the lesson plan they’re developing. This partially completed Lesson Plan Template will be submitted for a midterm evaluation by the end of Session Three.
Session Four: Strategies and Ideas for Collaborative Projects
In Session Four, participants will investigate the importance of online, global, collaborative projects. Participants will explore resources, investigate strategies, and consider and plan activities for promoting use of Web 2.0 tools to connect students globally. Readings and activities provide a variety of ideas and examples of collaborative projects for classroom usage. Participants continue sharing in the course blog and in discussions as they continue work on the Lesson Plan Template.
Session Five: Safety and Copyright Issues
In Session Five, participants will learn about Internet safety precautions and the importance of establishing rules and maintaining ongoing supervision for students. Readings and activities provide up to date information about safety and copyright issues as well as guidelines for promoting responsible Internet usage by students. Acceptable Use Policies and additional plans for students’ safety are shared in the course blog, discussions are ongoing, and work continues on the Lesson Plan Templates of individual participants.
Session Six: Assessment
In Session Six, participants will investigate multiple types of assessments that are directly tied to students’ performance tasks. Readings and activities focus on teachers gaining knowledge from students’ assessments so as to make better instructional decisions and ways teachers use technology to assess student knowledge and ensure equity for all students. Participants will reflect and share ideas on use of blogging as a teaching tool. As participants complete their Lesson Plan Templates, they will review the work of peers and have their work reviewed by peers. After final revisions and self-assessment using the Final Project Rubric, participants will submit their completed Lesson Plan for evaluation.