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This course will address the needs of faculty members who are interested in integrating Web 2.0 technologies in their teaching but struggle with technical and organizational aspects.

Needs Analysis

Known: The faculty are interested and highly motivated to increase their technology use in their classrooms. The district is supportive, and has made freely available computers, Smartboards, projectors, and Ipods for student use. Faculty members are overwhelmed by both the vast number of choices that exist and the technical elements, but would like to learn how to implement these tools in a way that meets the needs of the 21st century learner. Faculty members are concerned with the following:

  • how to use tools
  • when they will learn to use them
  • time needed to create lessons and projects
  • value of tools for their instructional purpose

This course will address these concerns and help faculty members use web 2.0 tools as a means of preparing students for the 21st century.

Setting: This course will be a fully online, asynchronous learning environment. Faculty members will need to have a working knowledge of the online learning environment. Teacher-created screen casts and videos will supplement to meet the various levels of computer literacy.

In Summary: We are preparing our students for the 21st century by structuring our teaching to address the goals of creating effective communicators, global learners, critical thinkers, and socially responsible citizens.Using available web 2.0 technologies will enable the classroom teacher to better meet these goals with their students. This course will help faculty members to learn how to use available tools, integrate them into their teaching by developing useful lesson plans, and give them practice evaluating their applicability and appropriateness in the classroom. Our focus will be on technology skills for the 21st century learner.

Performance Objectives

Module 1: Learning

  • While working in Blackboard, the participant will generate a course for their students to explore, discuss, and submit content work within.
    * (Enabling Prerequisites) logging on to the Blackboard interface,   
       standard web-based operations, list of students to be enrolled,  
       understand how to use the Discussion Forum section of Blackboard, 
       are able to attach files in an online interface like email
    * (Supportive Prerequisites) an understanding of Course Information 
       Documents, uses for grading and file sharing tools

Module 2: Presenting and Reflecting

  • Within, participant will execute the construction of a professional blog to be read by colleagues and students regarding their classroom instruction.
    * (E) need to be familiar with the purpose of blogging 
       the appearance of a typical web log
    * (S) process of establishing a new blog including the posting of
       entries, tags and categories within a blog, and role of blog list

Module 3: Researching

  • 3A. By visiting, the participant will discriminate in the organization and classification of online sources.
    * (E)  basics of how to conduct an Internet search on a given topic,
       terms such as share/public/group/list
    * (S) use bookmarking software with in search engine
  • 3B. Within, the participant will practice executing various information search tools and create a lesson that demonstrates their utility to their students.
    * (E) have experience using Google as a search engine or web-based search
       for information
    * (S) experience with Google tools

Module 4: Implementing

  • Keeping in mind their given content, participant will generate lessons that enhance the delivery of information using the tools we have learned and share them with colleagues.
     * (S) have participated in an online discussion previously

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Link to the mini-course: Web 2.0 for the 21st Century Educator