Welcome to #TeachDoNow online course


KQED’s #TeachDoNow is a collaborative learning experience in partnership with the National Writing Project open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students. Click here to learn more about the course. And be sure to sign up for the course on the right sidebar.

This space will be main site that hosts the course materials. You should also join our #TeachDoNow Google+ community and follow us at @KQEDedspace where the conversations and engagement will be happening.

This week (July 14)

How can we use Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning and address Common Core State Standards?

Do Now: Connected Learning Principles
Kids are learning everywhere. Today, the traditional school forms a single, albeit important, node in a larger learning environment. The model of Connected Learning acknowledges this shift in where students learn, how they learn, who they learn from, and how they express that learning. How can we use Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning? What should be the role of schools in this environment? Be sure to view the conversation starter questions and participate in the discussion and include #TeachDoNow in your response.

#TeachDoNow Webinar, Episode 2 (from July 14)
Join researchers and teachers from the National Writing Project who will share Connected Learning principles and resources and lead an exploration about how to promote the kinds of skills in students required by our 21st century culture and CCSS.

Participate in our #TeachDoNow Google+ community
You can access our Google+ community where you can share, reflect, ask questions, or reply to ongoing conversations.

Follow the conversation on tagboard
We are using tagboard to aggregate the entire #TeachDoNow conversation from a variety of social media platforms like Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Vine, and Instagram.


Remaining Schedule:

Week 3: July 21 — What media making and social learning tools are best at engaging learners?

  • We will examine a wide range of tools and tips that enable communication through multiple modes of media. Educator Innovators will moderate a creative expression of ideas that takes place through audio and visuals created and shared through the use of these tools.

Week 4: July 28 — How do you engage millennials in civic discourse and promote community engagement?

  • Experts from higher ed, as well as innovative K-12 practitioners will lead an inquiry into how to best use participatory media to promote positive student engagement in their communities – both online and offline.

Week 5: August 4 — What are your biggest concerns about online safety and digital citizenship in a web-based learning environment?

  • One of the critical roadblocks for teachers interested in student media making and online discourse is concern about safety and behavior online. Join moderators from Common Sense Media in an important sharing out and examination of these issues.

Week 6: August 11 — How do you manage learners, tasks, resources, and assessment in a connected learning environment?

  • The skills required of 21st century learners are clear. How to manage a 21st century learning environment that actively promotes those skills is less so. Join leading education innovators in thinking about how to transform your learning environment and the pedagogical strategies needed to teach in a connected learning environment.

MOOC Ends August 17


Past Weeks

Week 1: July 7 – What are the best strategies for accessing professional learning online?

Do Now: The Value of Professional Learning Networks
Here’s our conversation starter where we introduce the value of social media in developing a professional learning network. We feature a TEDx video from Michael Wesch, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. Be sure to view the conversation starter questions and participate in the discussion and include #TeachDoNow in your response.

#TeachDoNow Webinar, Episode 1 (from July 7)
Join Vicki “Cool Cat Teacher” Davis, Larry Ferlazzo, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, and Tina Barseghian from MindShift as we share and explore the best resources for understanding current trends in education and develop and share strategies to achieve our own professional learning goals.