Effective digital strategies for teaching and learning in the K-12 classroom (MOOClet)

This facilitated course focuses on using digital tools and strategies to support teaching and learning and enriching individuals’ knowledge through developing communities of practice across the state in their subject and grade level. In this course, we will look at the 4Cs — Creativity (and Innovation), Critical thinking (and Problem solving), and Communication and Collaboration — which are critical keystones for the 21st-century classroom. We will collaboratively investigate digital tools and strategies that can be used to enhance the teaching and learning of these skills.

6 weeks, 2.0 CEUs

Currently scheduled sections

Testimonials

Instructional goals and learning objectives

  1. Analyze ways in which the practice of teaching is changing in the digital world.
    1. Begin to develop a professional learning network that allows communication and collaboration locally and globally
    2. Reflect on how to choose/utilize web 2.0 tools; using the TPACK model and repurposing tools for education
    3. Revisit the P21 Framework
  2. Explore and analyze how the use of digital tools and strategies can support learning through communication and collaboration.
    1. Explore existing definitions of communication and collaboration
    2. Compose and share your definition/synthesis of communication and collaboration
    3. Explore tools for communication and collaboration
    4. Plan an activity that incorporates digital strategies to support learning in your classroom
    5. Create an artifact based on the planned activity
  3. Explore and analyze how the use of digital tools and strategies can support learning through creativity and innovation.
    1. Explore existing definitions of creativity and innovation
    2. Compose and share your definition/synthesis of creativity
    3. Explore tools for creativty
    4. Plan an activity that incorporates digital strategies to support learning in your classroom
    5. Create an artifact based on the planned activity
  4. Explore and analyze how the use of digital tools and strategies can support learning through critical thinking/problem solving
    1. Explore existing definitions of critical thinking and problem solving
    2. Compose and share your definition/synthesis of critical thinking
    3. Explore tools for critical thinking
    4. Plan an activity that incorporates digital strategies to support learning in your classroom
    5. Create an artifact based on the planned activity
  5. Evaluate the tools and strategies you have implemented in your personal learning network.
    1. Take part in a webinar with an innovative educator and reflect on the implications of this experience on your practice
    2. Evaluate the effectiveness of your PLN by examining specific digital tools and strategies you have
      used to curate the web and collaborate with other educators
    3. Evaluate and share the knowledge you have gained

Alignment to North Carolina standards

Course schedule

  1. Week 1: Weaving a Personal Web
    1. Some Things to Know
    2. Reading and Reflecting
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 1 Teacher Knowledge for the 21st Century
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 2. Teaching the iGeneration
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 3 Publishers, Participants All
    3. Practical Things to Try
  2. Week 2: Adding Digital Tools and Strategies to Your Teaching
    1. Some Things to Know
    2. Reading and Reflecting
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 1 Sharing your perceptions on repurposing
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 2 Sharing your ideas on affordances and constraints
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 3 Sharing your ideas on Activity Types
    3. Practical Things to Try
  3. Week 3: Communication and Collaboration.
    1. Some Things to Know
    2. Reading and Reflecting
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 1: World Without Walls: Learning Well with Others.
      Discussion Forum: What Do You Think? Option 2: Global Collaboration Projects for your Classroom
      Discussion Forum: What Do You Think? Option 3: TED talk by Shirley Turkle
    3. Practical Things to Try
  4. Week 4: Creativity and Innovation.
    1. Some Things to Know
    2. Reading and Reflecting
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 1: Crayons are the Future
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 2 Creativity, Self-directed learning and
      technology rich environments

      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 3: Interview with Sir Ken Robinson
    3. Practical Things to Try
  5. Week 5: Critical Thinking.
    1. Some Things to Know
    2. Reading and Reflecting
      Discussion Forum: What do you think? Option 1: Six Vintage-Inspired Animations.
      Discussion Forum: What Do You Think? Option 2:Critical Thinking by Daniel Willingham.
      Discussion Forum: What Do You Think? Option 3:Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin
    3. Practical Things to Try
  6. Week 6: The 4Cs in Practice.
    1. Summing it up
    2. Webinar Information — Writing with Technology
      Discussion Forum: Webinar Discussion
      Discussion Forum: Having Your Say
    3. Post Survey