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Intel Teach: Collaboration in the Classroom*
 
Course Description
    

Collaboration in the Digital Classroom is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. In this course, teachers see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Teachers learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. They follow two teachers as they implement collaborative experiences in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the collaboration concepts with action planning exercises.


Participants must expect to spend a minimum of 45 hours to complete this course.
This course requires average to advanced technology skills.
Participants must be currently employed as a WV classrrom teacher, school counselor, school administrator or have had classroom teaching experience as a certified teacher/educator.

 
Course Syllabus
    

The Intel® Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. In this course, teachers will see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Teachers will learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools which are increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. Online participants will follow two teachers as they implement collaborative experiences in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the collaboration concepts with action planning exercises. Direct connections to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are provided throughout the course and can be connected within the final project as appropriate.

Goals and Objectives

Understand why collaboration is an important skill for now and in the future.

See how a collaboration framework can help plan collaborative experiences using technology.

Understand the benefits and challenges of a collaborative classroom.

Become familiar with the traits of collaboration.

Learn how different collaboration purposes can achieve learning objectives.

Understand how to use the Collaboration Framework to design purposeful collaborative experiences.

Review methods and instruments for assessing collaborative processes.

Understand the differences between the old Web and the new, more collaborative Web.

Review different types of web-based tools and how they can support collaboration.

Learn how to find and choose the best tools for the job.

Build on the digital skills students use daily to support digital collaboration.

Investigate strategies to help students become skilled digital collaborators.

Examine ways to help students behave ethically online.

Understand and promote appropriate and safe online behavior.

Learn how to manage and support collaborators.

Learn strategies to set up and provide access to technology for collaboration.

Prepare for unexpected challenges that can occur with online collaboration and technology.

Develop a Final Course Project for instruction that includes a section noting alignment to targeted and appropriate Common Core and/or state standards.

Common Core Connections

Common Core resources and examples may be found in the Resources section of course Modules. Common Core Connections are embedded in course activities, showing direct links between the course content and CCSS. The final project for the course includes alignment of a personal collaboration plan with the appropriate CCSS.  For West Virginia participants, please refer to the WV NxG Standards for ELA, Math and Social Studies.  For all other subjects, please refer to WV CSOs.  You may search for a CSO by subject and grade level.

Course Length

This facilitated course is divided into six Modules/Sessions plus an Orientation. The time to complete each Module/Session is estimated to be between 6.5 to 7 hours.


Course Structure and Navigation

There are two required Orientation sessions, a WVDE WVLearns Orientation and an Intel Orientation, both of which should be completed during the initial Orientation week. Each Module/Session One - Six includes individual work to learn concepts of collaboration in the digital classroom in interactive tutorials and exercises, a facilitated online discussion, and individual work developing a final project. In each Module/Session, participants will be directed to launch each lesson in turn and work through the activities.

After completing the work in a given lesson, participants are expected to return to the course to complete additional lessons, participate in the online discussion, and to explore additional resources in the Learn More section.

 

Course Requirements & Grading

Successful completion of the course will be based on the following requirements:

Participants must complete an Orientation Quiz with a passing grade of 90% or higher;

Participants must post substantively in each week's discussion forum;

Participants must complete the course activities and readings each week;

Participants must complete the course project(s) as directed and submit it to the course facilitator via the course dropbox(es); and

Participants must complete the Intel Orientation Survey and both the WVDE Orientation and Final Course Surveys.

Discussion Participation

Requirements for the WVLearns course discussions have been modified from the original course guidelines. Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality. In addition, some sessions may have Discussions that allow participants to peer review others’ work using PQP. Participants are required to follow the guidelines within the course and make constructive suggestions about colleague’s work when asked.

Final Project

As a Final Course Project, participants will pick one unit they teach for which they will develop a specific plan for student collaboration. Participants are expected to work independently on the final project throughout the course. During Session/Module Three, participants will submit their project with Modules 1, 2, and 3 completed to the course dropbox for facilitator review. Each participant is expected to submit a completed final project via the course dropbox to the facilitator before the end of Session/Module Five. In Module/Session Six, participants will engage in the review/reflection of their  Final Course Project and submit their response document to the facilitator. Rubrics are available as a resource for facilitators and participants to review the course project expectations.

Copyright

Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course projects activates. All work associated with course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.


Course Surveys and Quizzes

Participants are expected to complete an Intel Orientation Survey and a WVDE Orientation Survey by Sunday night of the Orientation week and a WVDE Final Survey by Sunday night during Module/Session Six.

In addition, all participants must complete an Orientation Quiz and attain a grade of 90% or higher during the Orientation Week.

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.


Certificates of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Intel Teach: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom, participants will receive a documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email and the certificate will also be placed the Module/Session Six course dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.

Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either 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.

Intel® Teachers Engage Community

Teachers Engage is a global community for educators focused on the effective use of technology in the K-12 classroom. In Module 5 participants will create their own accounts with the Teachers Engage Community and will consider how to use the Community as an ongoing resource.

Technical Requirements

Internet Browser
Participants will need a computer with an Internet browser installed to complete course work. Some browsers may render course pages differently. Therefore we recommend you use one of the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Mac Safari.

Flash Player
This course will require an Internet browser with a Flash Player installed. To download or update your Adobe Flash player, please go to the Adobe site and follow the download and installation directions.

Acrobat Reader
PDF (which stands for "Portable Document Format") is a popular format for distributing documents on the Internet. Several readings in this course are posted in PDF format. To view and print PDF documents, you need Acrobat Reader software, available free from Adobe's website. If you do not yet have Acrobat Reader installed, download it from the Adobe site and follow the directions for installation.

About this Course

Course surround developed by EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO).