the Classroom with Project Based Learning in Social Studies
course is designed to familiarize participants with the principles
of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout this six-week course,
exemplary projects will be analyzed, critiqued, and evaluated for
applicability to participants' classroom needs. Participants will
gain hands on experience using software tools to support the planning
and execution of projects, and develop collaborative, inquiry-based
projects that support their curricular goals. Participants will
learn to blend PBL and standards-based design strategies to create
curriculum units that enhance student learning at all grade levels
and subject areas. Each participant will leave the online course
with preliminary plans for a PBL project.
SS-02 Integrating Primary Sources into the Social Studies Classroom
There is a tremendous wealth of Web-based resources that support
active learning and primary research in the Social Studies classroom
for teachers of all grade levels. Participants will explore the
range of available primary and secondary resources including collections
of original documents, vast reservoirs of secondary historical
information, and online resources designed to support Social Studies
teachers in curriculum development. Participants will consider
effective research strategies and engage in critical analysis of
web resources. In addition, participants will l earn develop a
personal collection of web-based resources for curricular use and
develop preliminary plans, using primary or secondary resources
available on the Web, to enhance a curriculum unit.
SS-03 Designing a Virtual Field Trip in Social Studies
will enable teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to use
Internet resources to design a "virtual field
trip" for their students. Participants will become familiar
with the strategies and resources that educators use to design
these field trips, as well as tips and tricks to ensure their success.
By the end of the course, participants will have designed effective
and engaging virtual field trips for their students that are aligned
to state and national standards.
SS-04 Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles
in Social Studies
Addressing the individual learning styles of
students can be a challenge for teachers. The World Wide Web contains
a vast number of resources to assist teachers in understanding
and planning for the different avenues through which students learn
best. Suitable for participants of all grade levels and subject
areas, this course will review a range of web sites providing information
about learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences,
as well as resources to assist teachers in both identifying students'
learning styles and intelligences and engaging students in activities
which best suit those styles and intelligences. Participants will
become familiar with teaching strategies and tools targeted for
each learning style and intelligence and develop a preliminary
lesson plan using those strategies and tools.
SS-05 Teaching American History Using Primary Sources and Internet Resources
This course will enable teachers to move beyond history textbooks to use primary sources and web-based lessons to make history come alive for their students. Participants will explore exemplary websites, learn how to integrate primary sources into different parts of instruction, discover a wide array of online resources, and learn how to find and create WebQuests. Peer support and feedback will enable all participants to become comfortable with online resources and primary sources. By the end of the course, each participant will have a selection of primary sources, online resources, and lesson ideas to implement into their curricula.
Courses Under Development