e-Learning for Educators
|Incorporating Primary Resources in Social Studies*|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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