Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fall Online Graduate Courses

Are you interested in taking a Fall online educational technology graduate course? If you are- this is the opportunity for you! Marian University has added three brand new- cutting edge online graduate courses for Fall 2009. Naomi Harm, National Intel Senior Trainer and Marian University adjunct instructor, is the designer of these new courses and will be the online facilitator for each two credit graduate course. Tuition is set for $470 for two graduate credits. (Scroll to bottom of this post for online registration and tuition payment information.)

Twitter is becoming an integral part of many digital lives and personal and professional learning networks. This introductory course of "How to Become a Transformed Twitter Teacher (T3) in a Flash" explains how to use Twitter; an online microblogging service that offers a way to share short bites of information instantly with others. This course will explain what Twitter is and how its service is used by individuals, by businesses, and within k-16 education and the classroom environment. Demonstration of how to sign up, send and read Twitter updates (also called "tweets"), and build your own PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network) of friends. The training will also explore and describe how to get the most out of Twitter by customizing an individual profile, setting options, and tapping into third-party resources that make it easier to follow and send updates. Upon completion of this online course- each participant will receive a cool new "flash" drive.
What does a flat classroom mean? How do you recognize one and how can you create your own embedded with 21st Century Skills? We invite educators who want to transform their learning spaces to include global collaboration in their curriculum to join us for this unique graduate course. We emphasize a hands-on approach with examples highlighting inquiry-based and research oriented technology applications. Featured projects include the Flat Classroom Project, Global School House Network, ePals, Eduscapes, CIESE, TechnoSpud, and Global Education Collaborative. This two credit graduate course showcases innovative ideas for building community and collaboration with wikis, blogs, online social networks, back channel chats, online video collaborations, and other web 2.0 tools.

EDT604 T9 November 15 – December 13
Building & Growing Your Professional Learning Network
Collaborative social networks allow educators to create online communities that support their personal and professional learning. Whether your personal learning network is overflowing or just starting to grow, this graduate course will help you to refine your PLN to best suit your learning needs. We'll lead you to interesting people who advocate for the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning. We will discuss tips and tricks to leverage the potential of these networks and provide resources to help participants set up their own networks. Participants will gain hands-on experience using social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Ning, and Delicious to build professional learning networks.

* Please contact Sherry Caves, Marian University Support Specialist at to register for an online course. For more Marian University contact information please tap into the following information:
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Naomi Harm

Naomi's Smartboard Flip Book

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

I am pleased to share with all of you that for the next three days I am participating in a national training encompassing 21st Century Skills, and for once I am not providing the training. I have not been in this professional seat in awhile and I am enjoying being a "sponge" for a change! At this training I have met many educators from around the United States who wear similar professional and leadership hats that I do. Their primary focus is high quality, standards aligned and sustained quality professional development delivery. I welcome this opportunity to network and share best practices in a face to face setting, and to actively listen to and share best practices of what is working and what is not working in our US K-16 classrooms.

Key strands of NEED I keep hearing within our group's round table discussions:
1. Administration leadership "awareness" of identifying what "21st Century Skills" are, what does a 21st century teaching and environment look like, and how to implement and sustain such a program.

2. High quality and sustained PD for teachers supported with technology integration literacy coaches.

3. Students need to be the central and are utmost educational focus, yet they are missing from the big picture of the PD spectrum to identify essential student outcomes- why are they not brought to the table on the front end, and their voices heard about their 21st learning needs?

4. Lacking the substantial resources to support a 21st century teaching and learning environment- whether it is technology, organized online repositories of quality content, physical content of literacy resources, time, collaboration, and funding.

I feel our goal as "agents of change" in this Partnership for 21st Century Skills affiliate program include the following target areas

*CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING glean knowledge from each other's conversations

document our findings and key learning strategies that are working
and improve or make change for strategies that are not

maintain a "community of learners" through a PLN on the online 21st Century Partnership Ning

develop a state/agency action plan of how to successfully "build a 21st Century Skills awareness" supported with common terminology and common assessments

design and implement a 21st Century Skills professional development program with all stakeholders
to cultivate a sustained program of student outcomes and support systems Just my thoughts after reflecting after our first day of training. Naomi Harm

Here is a video I will leave you with of how we can start the implementation of a successful 21st Century Skills initiative with the support of EVERY administrator and teacher!