20 Webtools in 20 Days — for K8 Tech Curriculum
Price listed is for 5 people. Each additional: $150.00
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Participants in this four-week online class (you can set the dates for your group as long as it ends by July 31st) will explore twenty of the digital tools used in the Structured Learning K-8 Technology Curriculum. These include 20 webtools from the following comprehensive list:
Participants will prepare one webtool every week that they will then teach to classmates in a group Google Hangout. Participants can select a webtool they’re familiar with, that they use in their classes (from the list above) or one they’d like to get to know. This can be done individually or in groups, as a live presentation or a moderated screencast. Each weekly Google Hangout will include five presentations of webtools by class members. They are about fifteen minutes each, with the goal of completing all presentations within 90 minutes.
This is a high-energy, innovative, and motivating class that can be reproduced in a Professional Development setting. Assessment for certificates is project-based so participants should be prepared to be fully-involved and eager risk-takers.
At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- use twenty new webtools from the Structured Learning K-8 Curriculum that integrate technology into classroom learning
- evaluate webtools they wish to use to determine which is the best fit for classroom needs including a summary, pros and cons, educational applications, step-by-step how-to details, and a sample
- present an overview of webtools to stakeholders in your school community such as administrators, library media specialists, students, parents, and colleagues
- feel a high degree of confidence unpacking the Structured Learning technology curriculum
- rely on classmates during the upcoming school year regarding questions about webtools used for the Structured Learning technology curriculum
Class is four weeks. Students spend about one-two hours preparing their webtool presentation and about 90 minutes at the weekly Google Hangout discussing the webtools classmates explored
Need help on a topic? Arrange 1:1 time with instructors.
At the course end, receive a certificate of achievement to validate accomplishments.
How Class Works
Students teach classmates how to use one webtool each week during the weekend Google Hangout. Each takes about ten minutes and includes a summary, pros and cons, educational applications, step-by-step how-to details, and a sample. This may be presented as a screencast (or annotated screenshots). Student also posts an example of the webtool project and the screencast/ screenshots to a community board as a resource for classmates.
Grading is self-assessed using a community Google spreadsheet (link provided).
The goal is to share your knowledge with others so we all leave this experience smarter, more informed, and more resilient.
Who Needs This
This course is designed for educators who:
- have purchased the K-8 curriculum and want a solid understanding of webtools being used
- worry about being able to use authentic webtools that are both transformative and normative
What Do You Need to Participate
- One or more grade levels of the Structured Learning K8 Tech Curriculum
- Internet connection
- Accounts for Google and various web-based tools (if any)
- Commitment of 2-5 hours per week for 4 weeks to learn tech
- Risk-takers attitude, inquiry-driven mentality, passion to optimize learning
- Software and webtool membership (if there are any)
- Assistance setting up hardware, network, infrastructure, servers, internet, headphones, microphones, phone connections, software.
Curious? Here’s a sample:
Covers a group of five individuals and all required materials
We take PO’s–contact Zeke Rowe for details–zeke rowe at structuredlearning dot net
What People Say About Ask a Tech Teacher Classes:
I would like to close by saying how much I enjoyed this class. I truly learned so much. As a technology teacher I was not sure what to expect from this course. I found that much of what I currently do in the classroom has been validated. However and more importantly, I learned many new instruction and assessment strategies (along with some new tech tools) that I can now use and apply to improve the learning in my classroom. Thanks everyone!
Now I’m enrolled in this awesome class to take the learning to another level. … I’m learning so much right out of the gate. We have some amazing people in the class to collaborate with and share ideas. Everyone has a blog and we have been assigned to read them and get to know each other. This builds our PLN – Professional Learning Network. We are going to learn so much from each other.
This class has already taught me so much about: Google Drive, Google+, Google Hangouts, and much more.
As I look back on the five weeks of this class, I am amazed how my attitude towards the weekly projects has changed. The first week I felt overwhelmed and unsure of my abilities. Once I took each project step at a time, I gained confidence. I loved that I had to take responsibility for my learning. The resources were there; I just had to find them. I definitely had to be an active participant. My week 1 project wouldn’t have got completed any other way.
I had never set up a blog before or a digital portfolio on a Wikispace. This was brand new knowledge. Now I am amazed how comfortable I am using blogs and Wikispaces. I can see all the creative ways I can use both of these tools. As I talk about them with my colleagues, they assume that I have had much more experience with them then just five weeks. I know that I still have a lot to learn, but this is a start.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of dozens of technology training books and webinars for how to integrate tech into ed. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CSTA presentation reviewer, CAEP reviewer, adjunct professor, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB.