NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Authentic Innovation in the 21st Century Classroom

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Classroom instruction and assessment  exist in the context of a globally connected, high-speed, technology world. This course instructs teachers how to incorporate the latest social learning and neuroscience research on critical thinking, multi-tasking,multimodal learning, collaboration and engagement  to address the needs of a 21st century classroom. Combining lecture and classroom footage,educators will learn how to use a variety of technology tools to expand and sharpen students' thinking skills by exploring ideas, researching  questions, testing hypotheses, organizing  and composing  thoughts, drawing conclusions, and working collaboratively.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Digital innovations in education.
  • The implications for education of the democratization of knowledge.
  • Educators’ evolving responsibilities in the 21st century.
  • What authentic collaboration looks like.
  • The foundations of authentic cooperative learning opportunities.
  • Students’ needs as informed consumers, composers/producers of multimedia, and visual and multimodal thinkers.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will be able to apply the following skills:

  • Employ digital innovations in education.
  • Adapt teaching styles to accommodate the democratization of knowledge.
  • Embrace new responsibilities as educators.
  • Create authentic collaborative and cooperative learning opportunities.
  • Advance students’ critical thinking skills.
  • Advance students’ creative thinking skills.
  • Address students’ needs as informed consumers, composers/producers of multimedia, and as visual and multimodal thinkers.
  • Create classroom structures that compel profound learning.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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