Above is the intro video Nick Martin and I recorded and shared to kick off the first iteration of TC106 – New Technologies for Educational Practice. I had the pleasure of co-facilitating this course with Nick and, as is always the case when working with TechChange, it was a fun and exciting experience filled with all sorts of new learnings, many of which you can find by checking out the Storify board I curated throughout the course. There you will find more than you could ask for in terms of content, and get a general sense of the various themes that were covered each week. Continue reading to see the course description and its learning objectives.
In the last decade a number of new technologies have been developed which will dramatically reshape the classroom space, alter the way academic research is carried out, and increase opportunities for global access to education. A handful of teachers, practitioners and educational professionals are beginning to use social media, mobile devices, video games and other innovations to enrich the learning process, but these practices are far from mainstream.
This four-week online certificate course is designed for teachers, administrators, practitioners and educational professionals working in universities and k-12 schools as well as the non profit and international development arenas. It aims to provide participants with exposure to a variety of tools and platforms that deepen dialogue, enhance curricula and improve academic research techniques. It will also explore the latest advances in online learning, virtual collaboration, mobile learning, and assistive technology for people with disabilities, in an effort to chart the future of teaching and education in the years to come.
Through an innovative and interactive pedagogical approach, participants can expect to develop a practical set of strategies and skills that will prepare them to apply new technologies to their work in teaching, research and educational development amid this rapidly evolving landscape.
By the end of the course participants will:
- be able to critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology in education
- be able connect relevant educational theories to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
- be able to manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools for educational practice
- be able to design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools in the classroom
- be able to work collaboratively with others by participating in dynamic group exercises and simulations
- develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with technology to further educational objectives