Effective Teaching for the 21st Century is designed for K-12 teachers who desire to integrate the use of technology in ways that powerfully advance learning by increasing student engagement in meaningful, authentic, and challenging learning environments. In this program, participants will learn that technology is no longer a standalone course or set of courses. Today's technological innovations are a set of tools, which, when taught in an appropriate sequence, support core subjects and prepare the student for the world of the future.
This course introduces common and emerging technology tools a teacher in the 21st Century will use in the classroom. The tools include productivity tools, online tools, web-based communications tools, data-driven decision making tools, and emerging tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
This course introduces different media tools a teacher in the 21st Century will use in the classroom. The participants will study the production and integration of media tools to help with their teaching and student learning.
This course prepares school teachers to design and teach an online course in their subject area. This course explores design and delivery strategies of online courses. Online pedagogy, content, assessment, collaboration, management and human issues are investigated.
This course will study ways technology can be integrated into content areas. Participants will design lessons and units to reflect the best practice in technology integration. Social and cultural issues in using technology will also be studied.
The focus of this course will be on teaching participants effective ways to integrate the arts (music, movement/dance, theater, visual representation) into core content areas to increase student engagement and foster problem solving.
The question often raised is: "Who gets to decide which parts of which cultures are worth teaching?" Rather than engage directly in this debate, the focus of this course will be on teaching participants effective pedagogy to enable children in their classrooms to develop the skills needed to thrive in a multicultural world. The emphasis will be on helping participants and their students to recognize and negotiate cultural influences throughout life. Stories are often carriers of culture; therefore, this course will use the technique of digital storytelling to give participants and their students an opportunity to express their growing cultural literacy in a 21st Century format.