Collaboration in the Digital Classroom:

Catalog Description:
The Intel® Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom course is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. In this course, teachers see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Teachers learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools, which are increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. They follow two teachers as they implement collaborative experiences in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the collaboration concepts with action planning exercises. Direct connections to Common Core Standards (CCSS) are provided throughout the course and can be connected within the final project as appropriate.
Allow 5 - 7 hours per session for completion of all requirements.

This is a course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other interested school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.

Course Goals and Objectives:
During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to: 
Understand why collaboration is an important skill for now and in the future.
See how a collaboration framework can help plan collaborative experiences using technology.
Understand the benefits and challenges of a collaborative classroom.
Become familiar with the traits of collaboration.
Learn how different collaboration purposes can achieve learning objectives.
Understand how to use the Collaboration Framework to design purposeful collaborative experiences.
Review methods and instruments for assessing collaborative processes.
Understand the differences between the old Web and the new, more collaborative Web.
Review different types of web-based tools and how they can support collaboration.
Learn how to find and choose the best tools for the job.
Build on the digital skills students use daily to support digital collaboration.
Investigate strategies to help students become skilled digital collaborators.
Examine ways to help students behave ethically online.
Understand and promote appropriate and safe online behavior.
Learn how to manage and support collaborators.
Learn strategies to set up and provide access to technology for collaboration.
Prepare for unexpected challenges that can occur with online collaboration and technology.
Develop a Final Course Project for instruction that includes a section noting alignment to targeted and appropriate Common Core and/or state standards.

Required Readings, Activities and Assignments: Each session includes readings, an activity and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete within each week.

Discussion Participation:
Students will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation.  Students are required to post a minimum of two substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and one that responds to an existing thread.  Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.  Postings that respond to other students will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone.  Each week a new question will be posted to the discussion board for participants to answer and respond.

Course Outline:
Orientation: (1-2 hours)
Participants will prepare for the course with an introductory reading and ice breaker activity. Participants will read tip sheets for participating in online discussions, credit information, and complete an orientation survey.

Module One:  Collaborative Classrooms (5-7 hours)
Module 1 introduces collaboration and how it benefits 21st century classrooms. This Module provides examples of collaborative classrooms and introduces ways to implement collaboration activities in your classroom with and without technology.

Module Two:  A Framework for Digital Collaboration (5-7 hours)
Module 2 introduces the Digital Collaboration Framework. This Collaboration Framework will help you strategically integrate collaboration into your instruction and ensure collaboration is purposeful, meaningful, and effective. This approach helps students better experience the benefits of collaboration.

Module Three:  Tools of Collaboration (5-7 hours)
Module 3 explores online tools that support collaboration in the classroom. You will use project scenarios that integrate collaborative tools to help you locate and integrate online tools for your projects. You will also learn strategies for using new tools now and in the future.

Module Four:  Collaboration Strategies (5-7 hours)
Module 4 explores how technology tools familiar to many students can help students move from being online communicators to being skilled digital collaborators. This Module also examines ways you can communicate to students and parents how your classroom will enforce ethical, safe, and legal online practices.

Module Five:  Collaborative Classroom Management (5-7 hours)
Thorough planning and preparation is the best guarantee for successful collaboration in the classroom. In Module 5, you will learn how to promote safe use of technology, manage and support collaborators and their technological tools, and handle the unexpected challenges inherent in collaborative projects.

Module Six:  Is Flipping Instruction Right for Your School? (5-7 hours)
In this final session, you will bring together all that you have learned about flipping instruction.  You will discover from other school leaders how they are making flipped classrooms a reality in their schools.  Considering your school's diverse learner needs, you will consider how the flipped model of instruction would meet your school's curriculum standards. The final project for the course will allow you to highlight ideas from each of the previous five sessions in the course.  You will use this final project as an outline for sharing what you have learned about flipping instruction with fellow educators.

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