I have been following the recent “MOOC” trend (Massive Open Online Course) and I was wondering if I could create a “mini MOOC”. I have been wondering why the MOOC idea has not been offered to the K-12 community. If it has- where and how?
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr.Alec Couros discuss Digital Citizenship and leaving a digital footprint from a k-12 perspective. His Elluminate session is here: Dr.Couros Elluminate Session This week Dr. George Veletsianos presents his ideas on Scholar’s participation and practices online.
Based on the scholar conversation this week, I now have the confidence to question “who” a scholar really is in this educational network? How can I encourage the 21st Century Scholar?
I have been considering what a “MOOC” would look like in the k-12 online classroom. I began to ponder….
1) How can we offer digital opportunities, or a version of “Networked Participatory Scholarship” to all students in any K-12 classrooms?
2) What can I do as a parent to offer EdTEch support at home?
Well- Why not start with a very short “mini” MOOC, maybe 6 weeks, with parents and students doing it together? Since the whole focus of education is engaging the learner and encouraging them to be independent learners…and it may or may not be offered in the classroom….why not offer it online to “families”? Start with the Elementary parents and students…at the bottom….and see what response I get?
The theme could be “My Digital Footprint”
We would meet in Blackboard Elluminate each week…and…..
We could ask the “families” to create a blog that we could link to a wiki or ePorfolio (like Mahara) – or use Desire2Learn…..
Each week the lesson would be short, and focus on one Web 2.0 tool…then we “watch” to see what the digital footprint may or may not look like…
A different “EdTech teacher” could present the lesson for the week……
Some possible themes could be….
week 1: Blog
week 2: ppt on slideshare
week 3: voicethread
week 4: youtube video
week 5: digital story
week 6: class presentations
Something to consider? What do you think?
Verena Roberts 🙂