NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Using Web 2.0 in Teaching and Instruction

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: $499

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

In this course, teachers will learn how to integrate proven instructional strategies with 21st century tools to make learning more accessible  to today's technology-savvy  students. Teachers will recognize the traditional skills that students need to acquire­ information fluency, persuasion, communication, collaboration,  and problem solving-and discover a digital solution to enhance, rather than replace, familiar practices to teach that skill.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • The role of technology in iGeners’ lives.
  • Ways digital tools can facilitate authentic, student-centered experiences for learning “enduring” skills.
  • How to use social interactions in digital spaces to create educational experiences.
  • Principles of well-told stories.
  • Basic principles of digital authorship and attribution, including Creative Commons licenses and sources for copyright-free material.

Student Learning Objectives:

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

  • Identify skills that provide endurance, leverage, and readiness.
  • Use a tool like the Google’s “Related Search” to subcategorize topics and focus research efforts, and direct students in its use.
  • Use a rubric to rate the reliability of a website, and direct students in its use.
  • Teach specifics of collaborative vs. competitive dialogue.
  • Develop students’ abilities to participate in respectful discussions.
  • Develop students’ abilities to use statistics, star statements, and stories to craft persuasive arguments.
  • Teach students the following techniques for organizing media: cluster slides, use catchphrases as transitions, and establish content rhythm.

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.

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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