The Summer 2017 Session is our 44th session of OPEN NH courses! 
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Learning is dramatically changing in the 21st Century.  The ever increasing access to digital tools and technologies have redefined how students communicate, interact, and engage on daily basis.  In order to ensure that our teaching remains relevant and interesting to our new learners, we have to adapt our teaching and reach students where they live, not where we think they should live.  In this course, we will explore how digital tools can be used to engage students and promote personalized learning.  You will understand the value of integrating a variety of tools into your teaching practice to engage students and enhance learning.  You will get application experience using these tools directly to produce course projects.  This course will require that you establish free user accounts and use a variety of tools yourself, to get first hand experiences with how these tools work. Rather than a single course project, you will produce a variety of projects, each using a different digital tool.   While you will be given readings that enhance your learning, your discussions will focus on your experiences using these tools and consider their applications for teaching and learning in your classroom.

Education has changed dramatically for both teachers and students. With mandated testing, increasingly diverse student populations, and constantly increasing professional responsibilities it is now more important than ever for each of us to use all available teaching strategies to make sure that we effectively and efficiently teach every student.

This course will provide opportunities for you to identify and use a variety of such strategies in your classrooms and to develop lessons incorporating key elements from several of the most current learning theories. Concepts and methods presented in "Universal Design for Learning," "Differentiated Instruction," "Gradual Release of Responsibility," and "Constructivist Teaching" will be addressed in order to help you to build an expanded set of instructional tools for your classroom practice.

Equally important to the design of good lessons is the development of authentic and appropriate assessments to guide your instructional planning. In this course you will also design pre- and post-assessment instruments to evaluate your students' prior knowledge, to measure their learning in response to your instruction, and to evaluate and deconstruct curriculum standards so as to present their content in student-friendly language.

This course has been designed to provide as a model of differentiated instruction (DI) and to provide educators with the tools to assist them in the development of a lesson plan, meeting standards for all students. Kindergarten through grade 8 classroom teachers will be attracted to this online course, though it is appropriate for all grade levels.  It is well suited to both novice and intermediate level teachers in differentiating instruction. Each year teachers are challenged to successfully and capably teach students in a heterogeneous classroom. Today's classrooms are rich with diversity; providing a range in abilities, learning styles, and educational needs as teachers strive to teach everyone and at the same time. Differentiated instruction moves the teacher away from the "one-size-fits-all" philosophy of teaching and toward the understanding that there are differences in all students.

Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers and future teachers explore the practical implementation of an invention unit into their curriculum culminating in a school or classroom Invention Convention science fair style event.  The course examines useful reflective strategies, hands-on learning approaches, and the application of Project-based learning (PBL) concepts via action planning. The Design-thinking Process will be covered including effectively utilizing Model-eliciting Activities (MEAs) to help students conceptualize their ideas and be innovative!

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