January 22 2014
By Matt Williams, Educational Technologist, KQED
#TeachDoNow is a free, collaborative learning experience offered by KQED this summer in partnership with Educator Innovator and the National Writing Project. This online opportunity is open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students and will take place this summer from July 7 – August 17.
Weekly activities will center around KQED’s Do Now, a program that allows students to engage and respond to current issues in science, news and the arts. using social media tools.
In #TeachDoNow, participants will engage in weekly discussions designed to promote deep discussions among formal and informal educators. The topics to be covered include: civic discourse, mobile technology in the classroom, student safety and digital citizenship, visual communication, 21st century communication and connected learning. The discussions will be accompanied by weekly missions that challenge participants to learn new tools and skills, discover and share new knowledge, and creatively express themselves using new media tools. To accomplish all of this, participants and facilitators will be working together as both learners and change agents in an open environment known as a Massive Open Online Collaboration (MOOC).
Throughout the MOOC, discussions will take place on a variety of platforms and in a variety of media formats from tweets, to photos, to blog entries, to video and audio, with everyone encouraged to contribute and follow along. It is through participation in these discussions that learners will gain new knowledge, share their experiences and views, practice new tools, and learn how to promote digital conversations with their own students. Teachers, administrators, after school program leaders, and connected learning practitioners will find the #TeachDoNow MOOC a fun and powerful way to use social media tools for deep learning. All are welcome to participate at the level and to the extent that make sense for their own individual learning goals, but we encourage a deep dive.
The goals of this MOOC are to:
Week 1: July 7 — What are the best strategies for accessing professional learning online?
Week 2: July 14 — How can we use Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning and address Common Core State Standards?
Week 3: July 21 — What media making and social learning tools are best at engaging learners?
Week 4: July 28 — How do you engage millennials in civic discourse and promote community engagement?
Week 5: August 4 — What are your biggest concerns about online safety and digital citizenship in a web-based learning environment?
Week 6: August 11 — How do you manage learners, tasks, resources, and assessment in a connected learning environment?
MOOC Ends August 17
View the #TeachDoNow course blog to register.
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