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Learn 21: Health/Wellness Grades 3-12 Resource Identification, Review and Submission**
 
Course Description
    

This course will be devoted to locating and reviewing the best Health/Wellness 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 health/wellness 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 teacher holding health certification or multi-grades K-8 certification.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Learn 21 Identification, Review and Approval of Health & Wellness 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 health and wellness resources for grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 and/or 9-12.The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants actively explore and identify engaging, student-centered health and wellness 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 resources with a combined emphasis upon health and wellness.

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 k-8 multi-subjects or health. 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

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Identify, review and submit health and wellness resources through the WVDE Learn 21 approval process.
  • Utilize health and wellness resources for classroom instruction


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 online health and wellness resources 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 health and wellness resources 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 health and wellness resource review forms submitted to WVDE for possible inclusion on the Learn 21 website. Participants will submit the following resources:

Session One: Resources with a health promotion and disease prevention focus
Session Two: Health and wellness resources with a culture, media and technology focus
Session Three: Health information services and communication resources
Session Four: Health and wellness resources with a focus on decision making and goal setting
Session Five: Health and wellness resources with the focus on behavior and advocacy
Session Six: Health and wellness resources (web links, videos and a student poll) for the WVLearns landing pages
 

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 health 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 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:Identify, review and submit two - four health resources with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.

Session Two:Identify, review and submit two- four health resources with emphasis on culture, media, and technology.

Session Three:Identify, review and submit two - four health resources with emphasis on information and services as well as communication.

Session Four:Identify, review and submit two - four health resources with emphasis on decision making and goal setting.

Session Five:Identify, review and submit two - four health resources with emphasis on behavior and advocacy.

Session Six:Identify, review and submit health web-links, videos and develop polls to be placed on the WVDE Learn 21 Landing Pages (grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12).

 

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.