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Learn 21: Reading Language Arts (RLA) Resource Identification, Review and Submission**
 
Course Description
    

This course will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best RLA resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings will be provided as the initial introduction for each course session. There will be an abundant number of activities each week. All activities will be designed to assist participants with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. examples of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) Participants will submit 4-6 resources via an online process during sessions 1-6 with the expectation that they have a minimum of 5 resources approved by WVDE or a maximum of 10 resources approved by WVDE. All course participants must be certified by WVDE to teach language arts and they must also be currently employed as a teacher in a West Virginia. Course participants will field test identified resources with students they teach and provide course feedback regarding the implementation of identified resources with their students. A WVDE WebTop account will be required for this course.


**This course meets the technology requirement for recertification.

This course will require a minimum of 45 hours to complete. A stipend is available to teachers participating in this course. The stipend will be awarded upon successful course completion of all course requirements and will reflect the number of resources approved by WVDE: 5-9 approved resources = $250 and 10 or more approved resources = $500.

This course requires average to advanced-level technology skills.

Participants in this course must be employed as a certified reading/English Language Arts teacher or as a multi-grades K-8 teacher.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Learn 21 Identification, Review and Approval of Reading Language Arts Resources

 Catalog Description

This is one of a series of courses to be designed for the identification and submission of resources to be reviewed for inclusion on the WVDE Learn 21 Web site. This course is specific to the identification and submission of Learn 21 reading language arts resources for grades 3-12.The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants actively explore and identify engaging, student-centered reading language artsresources that promote high-quality learning of content. By the end of this course, participants will initiate and successfully complete the identification, review and submission process for reading language artsresources.

By the end of this course, participants will initiate and successfully complete the identification, review and submission process for reading language artsresources for:
Reading
Writing
Speaking and Listening
Language-Conventions of Standard English
Language-Knowledge of Language as well as Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


Prerequisites

This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel who are certified to teach grades reading language arts(Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12). 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) for the purpose of reading and sending documents throughout this course.


Goals

By the end of this course, participants will initiate and successfully complete the identification, review and submission process for Reading Language Arts resources for grades 3-12 in the areas of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language-Conventions of Standard English
  • Language-Knowledge of Language as well as Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


Assessment and Course Requirements

Each session of this course includes readings, activities, discussion topics 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 identify, review and submit 2-4 onlinereading language artsresources for each of the six course content sessions. Resources will be reviewed and submitted via an online resource review form. Weekly submissions of individual resources will be reviewed by a Technology Integration Specialist, the WVDE eLearning Coordinator and a content specialist. Feedback will be provided for all reading language artsresources submitted for Learn 21 approval. Participants are expected spend three (3) hours completing the course Orientation and then seven (7) hours per week in each of the six content sessions. Participants are required to complete an initial course survey during the course Orientation and a final course survey during Session Six. All participants will be prompted to review and then indicate that they understand the WVDE eLearning for Educators Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) posted at http://wvde.state.wv.us/elearning/docs/WVLearns_participant_memorandum_of_understanding.pdf.


Course Products

The products for this course are the collections of reading language artsresource review forms submitted to WVDE for possible inclusion on the Learn 21 website. Participants will submit the following resources:
Reading
Writing
Speaking and Listening
Language-Conventions of Standard English
Language-Knowledge of Language as well as Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

 

Discussion Participation

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 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.
 

Sessions Overview

Sessions One-Six will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best reading language arts resources on the web for students in grades 5, 6-8 or 9-12. Two readings will be provided as the initial introduction for each session. There will be an abundant number of activities each week. All activities will be designed to assist participants with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs/Next Generation Standards as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. Participants will be responding to one course colleague each week and reading all discussion posts and threads. The format for Session Two through Session Six will closely follow the Session One format. Each session will feature two readings, examples of accepted/not-accepted Learn 21 resources and instructions for reviewing and submitting resources.

Session One: Reading Resources

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Reading resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource examines the development of "serious games" for play and learning and the second resource introduces you to the types of questions you will answer as you complete the Learn 21 resource review form. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague each week and reading all discussion posts and threads. The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. During the Orientation session you will be responding to three course colleagues and reading all discussion posts and threads


Session Two: Writing Resources

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best writing resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e examples of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague and reading all discussion posts and threads.

 
Session Three: Speaking and Listening Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the speaking and listening resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. As in previous sessions, there will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. examples of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Session Four: Language-Conventions of Standard English Resources

This session will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Language-Conventions of Standard English resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. examples of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague and reading all discussion posts and threads.


Session Five: Language-Knowledge of Language and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Language-Knowledge of Language and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. links to the WVDE CSOs as well as previously approved Learn 21 resources; example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague and reading all discussion posts and threads.

Session Six: RLA Landing Page Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best RLA Landing Page resources on the web for students in grades 3-12. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. There will be an abundant number of activities this week. All activities are designed to assist you with the Learn 21 review process (i.e. examples of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process.) The discussion forum for this course is a bit different from other WVDE eLearning courses. You will be responding to one course colleague and reading all discussion posts and threads.

 

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.


Non-Degree Graduate Credit

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from West Virginia University, Marshall University or Concord 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.