These sessions are offered as a part of the 2008 CLMS Literacy & Learning Summer Institute. In Maui, they are offered from 8am to 9am daily. Following is an overview of the series and descriptions of each session, including a link to the wiki for each session. The workshop wikis include slides, any handouts, an outline of the session, and links to all websites mentioned during the session. These sessions also lay the foundation for – and provide additional inspiration for – Warren Dale’s Maui 2.0 sessions that follow from 9am to 10 am daily.
Overview: Literacy and New Learning Networks
Presented by Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
Literacy has been redefined in the digital age, but digital literacy skills are still not being taught in many schools. Learn how you can use powerful, free online tools to help your students become part of a global learning network and thrive in the 21st century. These sessions provide an overview of new research and even newer practices.
Session 1 – Two-Way Teaching: How The Two-Way Web Changes Education
Anyone can create and share media online! This opens up powerful new opportunities for learning, but requires all new digital literacies of students and their teachers. This fast paced session offers an overview of the two-way web, including a walk-through of specific tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, and much more. Participants will learn how they can integrate these technologies into their teaching – and how their students can publish online as well. This session lays the foundation for the exciting Maui 2.0 sessions and field trip!
Session 2 – Learning to Network and Networking to Learn: Beyond the Tools…
Thereâ€™s always new web tools, but itâ€™s more important to become part of an online learning network than to master any specific tool. The purpose of this session is to help participants develop the digital literacy of joining and growing a learning network online. To that end, the session aims to establish the importance of learning within a social network (based on social constructivist theory) and to help participants see beyond specific tools to discover ways they can build their online learning network over time. This session offers further inspiration for the Maui 2.0 session that follows.
Session 3 – Search, Learn, Share: Google Tools for Educators
Being able to find and use information online is an important digital literacy. Google provides much more than just a web search engine; they offer a wide variety of free web-based and desktop applications. This session introduces participants to many of these services that may be useful to teachers and students. It begins with a walk-through of several specialized search tools (such as Google Scholar, Google Books, and Google News) and ends with an overview of web-based applications (such as Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites) that can revolutionize the way you, your colleagues, and your students collaborate. Again, this session offers further inspiration for the Maui 2.0 session that follows.
Session 4 – On The Horizon: Video Games, Mobile Devices, and More
Many new technologies have the potential to change the face of schools as we know them – if teachers and students have the requisite digital literacies. Recent research illustrates the power of video games as learning technologies – but teachers will have to learn to game before they can help students game to learn. Students are also bringing increasingly powerful mobile devices (such as iPhones) into the classroom, and these devices can be put to good use as learning tools. This session will offer an overview of the latest methods for incorporating these technologies and more into the cutting-edge classroom. This session offers inspiring new ways you might take your Maui 2.0 experience to the next level.