My institution is considering allowing our group to develop a program for in-service teachers to help them acquire new skills and knowledge as well as gain the credit hours/contact hours they need for re-certification.
My questions to the group are:
What form(s) should it be in?
- I'm pressing for online, async, long form for the summer (12wks so there's time for reflection and practice)
- There are other choices but they all limit the audience in different ways. Short form is possible, but would require intensive activity for a shorter period. Should we do both?
What courses would you take?
- I've got three in mind for "proof of concept classes." We'll be recruiting math, science, and reading faculty to work on specific curriculum based topics if we can prove that this is a viable program.
-- SecondLife Boot Camp where you learn how to do things like create an avatar, dress for success, and basic building and scripting. This would be a precursor to actually learning to teach there and would serve as an intro to get people over the learning curve.
-- Web 2.0 in the Classroom where we'll explore blogs, feeds, wikis, flickr, tagging ... and all the webaliciousness that is web 2. The objective is to give teachers enough experience with the tools to be able to make rational choices about incorporating them into their own practice.
-- Freebie tools to Extend Your Class where we'll look at how tools like PortableApps can provide every student with their own tools to take with them when they go and to use in other places. Key element here is basic familiarity with tools like Open Office, The GIMP, Audacity, etc.
What OTHER courses? What would you take if it were offered?
Thanks and I'm looking forward to your responses.