The classroom of the 21st century is expected to be flexible, and fluid, in order to meet the changing demands of today’s student populations. One of the best ways to accomplish this is in allowing for the use of innovative classrooms models, such as the Flipped Classroom, Hybrid/Blended Courses, and/or Fully Online Courses. In addition, Web 2.0 can be a new and confusing term for educators. However, with the proliferation of technology at the fingertips of students, educators can benefit from the knowledge and use of Web 2.0 tools, especially in conjunction with the administration of an innovative classroom model. There are now a multitude of technologies that allow users to find, organize, and share information as well as work together to create new information that is not limited by classroom walls. These tools can have a positive impact on education and engage our “technology native” students to think critically and creatively. In this course, participants will address 21st century skills through the introduction of innovative classroom models and the use of Web 2.0 tools. Participants will have the opportunity to explore, and plan, for using these tools in an innovative classroom setting.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Introduction to Innovative Classroom Models and Web 2.0
Week 3: The Role of Learning Communities and PLN’s
Week 4: Communication in the Innovative Classroom
Week 5: Using Web-Based Collaborative Tools
Week 6: Organizing the Innovative Classroom
Week 7: Internet Safety and Digital Citzenship
This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop are available online.