Goal and Objectives
LInC Online is a program that has grown from a site-based training model to reach a nation of change agents in the educational community. Our goal is to create a network of educational leaders who use engaged learning and effectively integrate technology to improve student learning and meet the needs of all students.
The purpose of the course is to teach the participants to:
Create an engaged learning project that effectively uses technology to meet the needs of all students including the Internet.
Apply engaged learning indicators* in project design by:
- Identifying, with student input, an authentic, challenging, multidisciplinary project derived from local, state, and/or national standards.
- Designing performance-based, generative, equitable, and ongoing assessments linked to the project's goal and objectives.
- Implementing the role of teacher as facilitator, guide, co-learner and co-investigator.
- Creating learning situations where students take a more active role in becoming explorers, cognitive apprentices, teachers and producers, both individually and in diverse groupings.
Apply best use of technology indicators* in project design by:
- Incorporating technology as a critical component; project depends upon the Internet.
- Providing two-way communication with mentors, experts, or other students
- Accessing current data.
- Providing students access to a wider audience.
Identify engaged learning indicators by:
- Evaluating the projects of peers.
- Evaluating own work.
- Using the rubrics to self-assess, reflect upon and refine practice.
Effectively use online communication to collaborate on project creation and to share and reflect on engaged learning.
Use technology to support development and implementation of engaged learning projects by:
- Increasing proficiency in finding and evaluating relevant Internet resources.
- Demonstrating responsible use of the Internet.
- Writing Web pages.
- Incorporating and creating graphics.
- Understanding how to transfer files, both uploading and downloading.
Create a staff development action plan for transferring the engaged learning practices, curriculum integration practices, and technical skills learned during the course.
*There are additional indicators found in Plugging In: Choosing and Using Educational Technology, 1995 that are not listed. The listed items are key components used in assessment of projects. It is assumed that the other indicators will be included.