Course Description: What Might 21st Century Learning Look Like?
In this course, candidates are introduced to the theory and practice of teaching and learning with digital technologies. The course will be organized around the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (and Students), as well as the MediaSmart.ca website, which is more specific to Ontario curriculum expectations (integrating technology and emerging media across content/curricular areas).
Sociotechnical Transformations: Candidates will work in learning teams (meeting regularly in the classroom) with the goal of creating dynamic digital artifacts (websites, course wikis, digital videos, multimodal research documents, ‘serious comics’, interactive presentations, interactive digital stories, and digital games). These creative projects will (implicitly) engage and enact ISTE standards, and as we explore and create, we will (explicitly) reflect upon what and how we learn with new media, and reflect upon how different media tools and learning ecologies (in and outside of schools) and related technology-enhanced pedagogies might support (and redefine) 21st Century Learning.
We will also explore ISTE and MediaSmart frameworks through the following theoretical and practical lenses:
- Learning: Deep Learning, Constructionism, Production Pedagogies & Learning through Design & Making
- Technology: Web 2.0 Technologies, ‘Participatory Culture’ & ‘the 21st Century Learner’.
- New Literacy Studies: Multimodality and Multiliteracies and ‘Situated Learning’ (Sociocultural Contexts for Action)
- Equity & Access: Addressing ‘the Digital Divide’ and the ‘Participation Gap’ so as to bring innovative digital learning and design practices to all.
By the end of the course, candidates will develop sufficient skill to meet or exceed the basic level of the ISTE standards in four areas: Modeling digital-age work and learning; designing and facilitating student learning experiences and creativity; promoting and modeling digital citizenship and responsibility; and engaging in professional growth and leadership.
Candidates will be expected to attend all classes and be available for learning group meetings during class time. Since the course requires access to a computer and the Internet, those who do not have access will need to participate in the online sessions at the Education Resource Centre or other campus access points.
Candidates are to encouraged bring laptops, iPads, tablets, mobile devices, etc, to each class, as many of our research, production and presentation practices will integrate digital technologies and new media ‘hands on’.