20 Webtools in 20 Days
Participants in this four-week online class (July 10-August 6) will explore twenty popular digital tools educators use in their classrooms to extend learning and differentiate for student needs. Participants will review between one and four during the class (by themselves or in groups; this depends upon enrollment) and present their review to classmates in a weekly Google Hangout. Participants will respond to the reviews of their classmates with comments, suggestions, personal experience, and questions. All tools can be used by participants in their classroom during the upcoming school year.
This is a high-energy, innovative, and motivating class that can be reproduced in a Professional Development setting or with students in your classroom. Assessment is project-based so participants should be prepared to be fully-involved and eager risk-takers.
Enrollment is limited so sign up early!
At the completion of this course, you will be able to:
- use twenty new webtools that integrate technology into classroom learning
- evaluate webtools to find the best fit for classroom needs
- present an overview of webtools to stakeholders (such as admin, students, parents, and colleagues) as a screencast, annotated screenshots, exemplar, or a combination. Overview includes a summary, pros and cons, educational applications, step-by-step how-to details, and a sample.
- leave with a library of twenty webtools to kickstart the new year
- collaborate with classmates on using webtools even after the class has ended
- 4 weeks of online, rigorous learning
- 4 virtual training sessions
- 9 tech ed videos
- 1 tech ed lesson plan
- 12 Hall of Fame tech ed articles
- Unlimited questions/coaching during virtual meetings and pre-arranged times. We stay until everyone leaves.
- Membership in class wiki—you’ll get an invitation
- Certificate of Completion
In fact, price includes all necessary materials.
Class is four weeks. Students spend about five hours a week on class materials and about 90 minutes at the weekend virtual meeting 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 including all the topics in which you completed required work.
Students teach classmates how to use between one-four webtools (depends upon enrollment) at 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 (on the wiki) as a resource for classmates.
When students are not preparing a presentation, they comment on the posted ones of classmates and create their own projects using them.
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:
- are serious about integrating tech into their class
- worry about integrating tech into their class
- want creative approaches to using tech
- want to go to the next step of tech-infusing their classroom and/or school
What Do You Need to Participate
- Internet connection
- Accounts for a blog, Google, various web-based tools (if any), class wiki
- Commitment of 5-10 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:
$150 each when you sign up with a group of five
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.
Ask a Tech Teacher© is a group of teachers, passionate about technology in education, who run the an award-winning resource blog Ask a Tech Teacher © with more than 75,000 visitors a month in search of teaching materials and advice. It offers oodles of free lesson plans, pedagogical conversation, website reviews and more. Its free newsletters and website articles are read by thousands, including teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone serious about finding the best way to maneuver the minefield of technology in education.
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.