Tools for 21st Century Teaching & Learning This self-guided online learning adventure is designed to provide classroom teachers and other school personnel with an introductory "What's out there?" exploration of some common tools and concepts related to Web 2.0.

NetworkedTeacher by courosa.
NetworkedTeacher by courosa.


The goal of the course is to help everyone become familiar with some of the exciting, emerging Web technologies available to support professional, personal and classroom learning in the 21st Century! The course is, intentionally, about play and possibility, rather than pedagogy; about exploration, rather than classroom application; about discovery and experimentation, rather than "doing it right." We hope participants make connections and become inspired along the way. Learning is messy, and "mistakes" often lead to new understandings!
Over the next four months, you will complete "4 Things" or doable learning activities related to Web 2.0 tools and concepts. Each "Thing" will introduce (or expand upon) a new tool or concept through one or more discovery exercises, followed by one or more learning tasks. The discovery exercises are "where the learning really happens" and are necessary for you to complete each task.

THING # 1 =
What is Web 2.0?
THING # 2 =
Blogging
THING # 3 =
Wikis
THING # 4 =
Choose a Web 2.0 tool from any of the other pages

You will record your progress by posting to
your own blog and elsewhere as directed. Your blog will serve as your personal learning journal, a place for you to record your experiences, frustrations, ideas, discoveries, questions and reflections. Your blog will also serve as your portfolio, a living artifact demonstrating your completion of the course. Participants will receive (and give) feedback and encouragement through each others' blogs.

This course offers no formal instruction. You will be your own mentor, with support from your colleagues. You will decide when and where to complete each month's activities, and you will be responsible for "keeping up." You are encouraged to form "buddy groups" to work through the content together -- sharing, helping and encouraging each other. Throughout this “discovery learning” experience, you will likely encounter a number of small challenges, depending on your level of Web 2.0 experience to date. Each time you teach yourself something, find a solution or accomplish a task, you will feel empowered and be that much more tech savvy!


In order to begin you will need to set up your blog. Please go to the page titled "HOW TO SET UP A BLOG" and do that now.

Then you are ready to move on to THING 1. Think of this as THING .5. :}


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have a difficult time using some of the tools throughout this course, please try using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. Follow this link in order to install Firefox as your web browser. For additional information on Firefox you can watch the help videos below.


‡ HELP Video: Installing Firefox -- plus Java and Flash
‡ HELP Video: Using Firefox: What's so great about tabs?