Unlocking the Future with 21st Century Keys

Seaman USD 345 Summer IT Academy Course

June 13-July 13, 2011

In-person meetings: Monday, June 13 at SEC from 8:30-10:00 or 12:30-2:00
Wednesday, July 13 at SEC 8:30-11:00
Online portion: 2 hours on each of the following topics at your own pace:
  • Web 2.0 tools
  • Google tools
  • Professional Learning environments
  • ThinqEd and teacher webpages

Instructor: Kim Patton, Library Media Specialist

Contacting the instructor: As the online portion of this course is work at your own pace, we will not have weekly set class times. Please do know that I check my email very frequently, so any questions that arise should be answered within a short amount of time. If you have an immediate question, I will provide my phone number in class so I can be reached.

Course description: Using the Team Seaman Keys, through an online learning environment, students will experience Web 2.0 tools that target 21st Century skills. This 12-hour class will utilize a wiki for collaboration and allow participants to develop classroom lessons using Web 2.0 applications.

Course objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Create, contribute to and edit a wiki;
  • Use appropriate Web 2.0 tools to develop classroom lessons or projects;
  • Develop technology skills to enhance teaching;
  • Integrate technology tools into the classroom;
  • Participate in online learning communities to develop classroom support;
  • Find web resources to target their area of teaching;
  • Work collaboratively with other teachers on projects using the Internet;
  • Enhance their own website with Web 2.0 projects; and
  • Promote higher-level thinking with any curriculum.


Participants will be assessed on the following items:
  • Weekly posts about the topic that is being discussed during that week;
  • Lessons plans developed using the tools that are being discussed;
  • Professional learning community participation;
  • Collaborative project using an online tool;
  • ThinqEd teacher webpage assignment; and
  • Final presentation of information learned during the course.

See rubric handout for scoring expectations.

Other information:

I know it's summer and the beauty of an online course is you can do it at your convenience. Dates have been established as guidelines. You may work at your own pace as necessary with the exception of the in-person class times. I understand vacations and holidays may disrupt schedules. Please alert me of any special situations you have so I can be aware of your progress or lack of progress. I do provide dates so we can work as a class, learn from each other as we go, and give input on each topic as we move along. Check in with what your classmates are doing so you can get the most from the course!