(PD Title No. EDU4465E)
21st Century Tools: Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and Skypes
Proficiency Level: Mastery
Subject(s):Foreign Languages,Language Arts and Reading,Guidance,Health Education,Industrial Education,Interdisciplinary,Leadership Training,Multicultural Education,Music,Parent Education,Psychology,Science,Social Science,Volunteer,Special Education,Technology,Computer Education,Mathematics,Business,Art,Career Tech,Library Media
Grade(s): PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,CC,Other
Hours: 30.00


Description:This course is designed to aid educators in becoming familiar with 21st Century Web tools. It is constructed based upon the 21st Century Schools Learning Project designed by Alabama Best Practices Center for a Microsoft Partners in Learning Grant. Many of the tools and resources found in this course are created and used by Alabama educators. Educators participating in this course will have an introductory understanding of basic web tools and how to create them for use in a classroom setting. The focus of this integration is on improving student involvement and learning in Alabama classrooms.
Pre-requisites: This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files. High-speed access is preferred.
Objectives: This course will enable participants to:
a. Emphasize the importance of technology as a tool (not a focus) in the classroom
b. Introduce tools available to educators with an introduction to creating these tools
c. Identify strategies to implement technology safely in a classroom setting
d. Better address the needs outlined in the Alabama Technology Course of Study