At the heart of this class is the the question: what is learning in the 21st century? We will venture to answer this question through individual and collaborative research using:
- student directed project based research,
- the exploration, evaluation, and application of social and research based software and applications,
- Web 2.0 technologies,
- and through participatory learning
Our central goal is to become fluent thinkers in the realms of 21st century learning (with and without technology).
About Web 2.0 Foundations
Course Research: Overview
This course is an extensive research course situated amidst your daily life and coursework in a traditional high school. The research process you undertake has three main parts.
- Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and Personal Learning Network (PLN) You will develop a PLE in this course that highlights your emerging and enduring understanding of personal learning through designing a system that works for blending your learning in face to face and online settings. You will also develop a PLN the does the same for participatory research using a wide variety of social media. As your PLE and PLN develop you will start to utilize the internet in new ways. The PLE and PLN are methods to help you research, evaluate and participate in your project process and daily learning adventures this term (and we hope well past this course). The PLE and PLN you create will support a major Networked Project you will undertake based on your informed research interests.
- Student Directed Project (SDP) The SDP is the heart of the course and asks the student to find a topic, ask deep questions to guide research and provide argument defended by validated evidence to help solve significant problems (both pure and practical) for a wide audience. The SDP is not a “report” on what you are interested in only, rather a long student directed project process gives space for you to make a meaningful contribution to the world via learning networks. The SDP approach is dynamic in that the final product of your research can be in multi-media forms and traditional academic writing.
- Course Participation This course asks for you to take learning beyond the boundaries of “school” as you know it and into the democratic spaces of deliberation, participation, and contribution of your mind and actions.
Course Research: Tools
We will use a variety of eLearning tools in this course to communicate and collaborate on daily work and projects. These tools will have a direct impact on your future and are widely accepted and practiced in Maine, regional, state, national and international education and research contexts. These tools include:
- Blogs (Such as Blogger or Tumblr)
- Social and Collaborative Bookmarking (Diigo, Delicious or Pinboard)
- Google Apps Suite (Docs, Sites, Google+….)
- Student Directed Project Based Learning Systems (Project Foundry)
- Collaborative Learning Environments and/or Learning Management Systems (Canvas)
- Mobile Learning (iPhone, Android, and other capable devices)
- Other Web 2.0 tools (Twitter, Evernote, Vimeo/Youtube, Flikr and more)
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