Web 2.0: Collaborative Instruction
Instructor: Amy Michalowski
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Partner Course Fee: $275
Partner Class Offered Through Virtual High School
Web-technologies are shaping education in ways that have been only been dreamed about before the advent of Web 2.0. The new web enhances teaching practices and student learning because new tools allow the user to publish and interact in ways never before possible. In Web 2.0, learners become consumers, of information, and need to become critical readers and viewers, ready to hit the edit button, in the new age of literacies. Educators must teach and model methods in which ideas and products can be published on the Internet. Web 2.0 provides the ability to work collaboratively across the virtual environment, enhancing literacies such as communication skills and global awareness which has the effect of bringing down the classroom walls. Participants will explore the tools of Web 2.0 while participating in activities involving some of those which are more widely accepted in educational environment. This course gives participants a choice of which tools are the most applicable to them, and the chance to build project-based learning around these tools. This course demonstrates how Web tools can generate new and exciting learning experiences for students of all abilities and learning styles. The course will offer participants ideas to help them think differently about technology and how it can be used to strengthen students' critical thinking, writing, reflection, interactive learning and meta-cognition.
At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe and explore the new generation of Web tools; potential uses, strengths and weaknesses.
- Identify techniques and tools for designing new learning opportunities that offer both collaborative and self-directed learning for students.
- Select strategies for developing and implementing Web tools in the classroom.
- Encourage development of 21st Century Literacy skills in student.
- View the constructivist, collaborative pedagogy of Web 2.0 tools that promote creative and critical thinking, team learning, inquiry and dialogue, and stimulate innovation.
- Engage students while learning curriculum specific teaching applications of Web 2.0 tools.
Please register with Virtual High School at http://thevhs.org/ for the course prior to registering for NDSU Professional Development Graduate Credit.