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Learn 21: Social Studies Grades 3-12 Resource Identification, Review and Submission**
 
Course Description
    

This course will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Social Studies 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 social studies 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 social studies teacher or as a ceritifed multi-grades K-8 teacher.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Learn 21 Identification, Review and Approval of Social Studies 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 social studies resources for grades 3-12.The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants actively explore and identify engaging, student-centered social studies resources 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 social studies resources.

By the end of this course, participants will initiate and successfully complete the identification, review and submission process for reading language artsresources for:
Citizenship
Civics
Geography
Government
History
Economics


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 social studies(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 Social Studies resources for grades 3-12 in the areas of:
Citizenship
Civics
Geography
Government
History
Economics

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 onlinesocial studiesresources 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 social studiesresources 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 social studies resource review forms submitted to WVDE for possible inclusion on the Learn 21 website. Participants will submit the following resources:
Citizenship
Civics
Geography
Government
History
Economics

 

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 social studies resources on the web for students in grades 3- 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: Social Studies-Citizenship Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Social Studies--Citizenship 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. The readings throughout this course have been selected based upon their application in 21st Century classrooms where Learn 21 resources are embedded throughout instruction. You will see a variety of instructional settings introduced in many of the weekly session resources.


Session Two: Social Studies-Civics/Government Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best civics/government resources on the web for grades 3-12 students. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource provides five exemplary social studies games for you to review. The second resource explains why online simulations are not just another in the long line of passing fads (or short-term opportunities) in educational technology. 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 Social Studies 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 after reviewing and implementing the resources they are reviewing with your students. You will also be responsible for reading all discussion posts and threads.

 
Session Three: Social Studies-Geography Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Social Studies-Geography resources on the web for grades 3-12 students. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource makes a case for learning games grounded in principles of good fun and good learning. The second resource examines the context of student learning in relation to collaboration, project/problem based learning and global projects. 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 Next Generations 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.

Session Four: Social Studies-History Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Social Studies-History Resources on the web for grades 3-12 students. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The first resource introduces a collaborative initiative that was created to develop exceptional educational resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st century. The second resource by Paul Ladley explains how the student's learning experience is paramount to game design. 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 Next Generations 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 after reviewing and implementing the resources they are reviewing with your students. You will also be responsible for reading all discussion posts and threads


Session Five: Social Studies-Economics Resources

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Social Studies-Economics Resources on the web for grades 3-12 students. Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. The two readings address the connections between ICT literacy skills, technology tools, and the learning goals of core subject areas. 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 Social Studies 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 after reviewing and implementing the resources they are reviewing with your students. You will also be responsible for reading all discussion posts and threads.

Session Six: Social Studies-Civics and or Citizenship Landing Pages

This week will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Social Studies-Civics and or Citizenship web pages on the web for the grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Learn 21 Landing Pages and submitting Social Studies resources to replace those that were not approved during earlier sessions.

Two readings have been provided as the initial introduction to this session. Both resources address the use of digital games for learning. 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. example of approved/not approved Learn 21 resources; steps for the Learn 21 review and submission process; submitting resources for the grades 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 Learn 21 Landing Pages.) 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 after reviewing and implementing the resources they are reviewing with your students. You will also be responsible for 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.