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Incorporating Primary Resources in Social Studies*
 
Course Description
    

There is a tremendous wealth of web-based resources that support active learning and primary research in the middle and high school social studies classroom. Participants in this workshop will explore the range of available resources including newly accessible collections of original documents, vast reservoirs of secondary historical information, and online resources designed to support social studies teachers in curriculum development. Participants will consider effective research strategies and engage in critical analysis of web resources. Participants will complete the workshop having developed a collection of project ideas to serve their particular curricular goals to implement with students in their classrooms.

*Participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher, school counselor or have had classroom teaching experience as a certified teacher/educator. Paraprofessionals must be currently employed as a full-time classroom aide.

 
Course Syllabus
    

There is a tremendous wealth of web-based resources that support active learning and primary research in the middle and high school social studies classroom. Participants in this course will explore the range of available resources including newly accessible collections of original documents, vast reservoirs of secondary historical information, and online resources designed to support social studies teachers in curriculum development. Participants will consider effective research strategies and engage in critical analysis of web resources. Participants will complete the course having developed a collection of project ideas to serve their particular curricular goals and having completed a lesson plan which incorporates primary resources into your classroom.

Goals and Objectives

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

Learn about primary resources available on the Web to support social studies curricula,

Find and evaluate primary and secondary web-based resources,

Learn how to utilize web-based resources that enhance critical thinking and collaboration,

Develop a personal collection of web-based resources for curricular use,

Develop preliminary plans, using primary and secondary resources available on the Web, to enhance a curriculum unit, and

Create a social studies lesson plan to integrate primary resources in their classroom.

Audience
This course is intended for social studies teachers in grades K-12, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, and professional development specialists. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be proficient with email and web-browsing. Participants are highly encouraged to use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer.

Course Details
This course is divided into seven one-week sessions: an Orientation, and six content-based sessions. Each content session includes readings, activities, and a facilitated online discussion. The time for completing each session is estimated to be between 6.5 to 7 hours. 

Session One: Teachers and Students Become Historians

Session Two: Finding and Evaluating Primary Sources on the Web

Session Three: Exploring Primary Sources in Oral History

Session Four: Exploring Primary Sources in Letters, Diaries and Images

Session Five: Web-Based Inquiry: Introducing WebQuests

Session Six: Curricular Planning for Social Studies


Certificate of Completion and Non-Degree Graduate Credit

Upon successful completion of this course, Incorporating Primary Resources in Social Studies, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.  

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.

Assessment

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

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

Score of 90% or better on the Orientation Quiz;

Participation in all session discussion forums;

Completion of the course's final project, submitted to the course dropbox(es) and posted in the appropriate discussion forum(s); and

Completion of the orientation and final course surveys.

Orientation Quiz
During the Orientation Session, participants will complete an Orientation Quiz. The quiz may be taken as many times as necessary to obtain the required score of at least 90%.

Discussion Participation
Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings, including one that begins a new thread and at least two that respond to an existing, original thread, in all session discussion forums. 

Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Postings will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, overall quality, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone. Original postings are to be made by Sunday night. By Monday night, it is expected that participants respond to at least two colleagues' original postings in a respectful, professional manner, making sure to extend or expand the conversation by adding new ideas or examples. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone. 
Participants are to read all the original messages and at least half (50%) of the total messages posted for each session by Tuesday night. By Sunday during Session Four and by Sunday during Session Six, participants will be asked to peer review other colleagues' projects in the Discussions using PQP.  The Final Rubric Rubric and the PQP Help Guide will assist participants in completing this task successfully.

Course Activities
Participants are expected to complete the course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Activities may include exploring websites related to course content, watching online video clips, using specific technology applications, solving problems, and working on the final project.

Final Project
As a final project, participants will create a collection of annotated Primary Source online resources and an initial plan for incorporating these resources into a classroom lesson, and participants will create a lesson plan to utilize in their social studies classroom. Participants will complete the Final Project Template using the Final Project Rubric as a guide as to what is expected in the final project. The Final Project Rubric contains criteria by which the final project will be evaluated. Please review this rubric prior to beginning work on the final project. Participants will submit their Final Project Template to the course dropbox during Sessions Four and Six for facilitator review. 

Participants are expected to work independently on the final project throughout the course. They will share their annotated lists during the course as a strategy for collaborating with colleagues to locate the best resources. Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project. Each participant is expected to submit a completed final project to the facilitator before the end of the final session of this course. 

Course Surveys
Participants are expected to complete an Orientation Survey by Sunday of the Orientation Session, and a Final Survey by Sunday during Session Six.

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.

Standards
The WV NxG CSOs for social studies and the WV 21st Century Technology Tools will be referenced in the course project.

This course 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 course 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) and the standards for professional development defined by NSDC.

About this Course

This course was developed by EdTech Leaders Online at Education Development Center, Inc (EDC). EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.

Last update: December , 2014.

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