Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers with Web 2.0 Tools and 21st Century Skills

 

 

iEARN-USA and the Organization of American States are partnering to offer this online course for teacher educator's worldwide to integrate web 2.0 tools in the training of their future teachers.

This course is eight weeks of interactive online learning with colleagues and experienced teacher educators from around the world.

"Participating in this course has given me the confidence to promote ICT's by making use of them in the courses I teach. The future is already starting to look brighter and I hope that some day our paths will once again cross each other. - Teacher Educator, Belize"


The course has been designed to help teacher educators be better informed and more prepared for teaching and learning in the 21st century. We will discuss the value of collaborative project work and the importance of ICT integration into the curriculum for future teachers. We have constructed the course to present you with a variety of ideas for ICT integration as well as detailed information on how to implement ICT-based collaborative project work. We will give you opportunities to use collaborative web 2.0 technologies in the course and share your experience with us in our online course community. Through this hands-on approach you will begin to develop ideas as to how you can use these technologies and strategies with your future teachers.

"Prior to this course, I had very little practical knowledge about ICTs and collaborative work for educational purposes so that I entered with very little on my "tabula rasa". Now I can boast of having so much on it now that I am excited about trying some Web2.0 tools especially blogs and wikis and using alternative assessment methods in the training of tutors, Teacher Educator, Trinidad and Tobago"


We will start with basics of ICTs in education and theories behind collaborative learning, then build on these fundamentals and discover more specific methodologies and tools for using ICTs in teaching, learning and assessment. By the end of the course, you will leave with a Classroom Activity Plan. Developing this plan will give you an opportunity to put into practice some of the ICT tools and collaborative project activities you will have learned about throughout the course. Having a completed plan will provide you with a concrete resource and help you to model ICT skills with your future teachers.

"I learnt quite a lot and i am happy with the collaboration that existed with my counterparts around the region. The participant came in with a wealth of knowledge that was shared freely. " Teacher Educator, St. Lucia

You will be taking this course with peer educators around the world. Each week, we will ask you to engage in a discussion with your fellow course participants. We have created a collaborative, secure learning environment designed to inspire you and your teacher educators to use technologies in their teaching and learning. A certificate of successful course completion will be provided from the OAS and iEARN-USA.

Course Objectives

The goals of this course are for you to:

  • Understand the foundations for 21st Century teaching and learning
  • Experience hands-on integration of ICT, Web 2.0 tools and collaborative learning into your teaching practice
  • Recognize the benefits of international collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Network with educators in the Caribbean and around the world who are using ICTs in their classrooms
  • Develop a teaching unit to use with future teachers

Requirements:

  1. Must be a teacher educator (working with future teachers) or an teacher (primary - secondary education level ) with students
  2. Basic word processing, Internet and e-mailing skills
  3. Reliable access to a computer and Internet
  4. Availability to commit at least five hours a week to course activities
  5. Working knowledge of English (the course is facilitated and written in English)
  6. Working e-mail account
  7. An updated version of Web browser. Preferably FireFox. Can be downloaded at: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/)
  8. Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html
  9. No books are required; all reading will be made available through the Internet
  10. Eagerness to learn and share with others!

Course begins:

October 8 - December 9th, 2012

Cost: USD $250 per person

Limited scholarships may be available.  Teacher educators from the OAS countries below can apply for scholarships through the OAS website >

Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, República Dominicana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Deadline for registrations is October 6th, 2012

For more information write to: onlinepd@us.iearn.org