Teaching With Technology and Inquiry: An Open Course For Teachers - University of Toronto



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Instructors from the worlds of research and practice engage you in design-oriented collaborative activities focused on STEAM+ learning.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: Some knowledge of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) topics and learning technologies, as well as some prior teaching experience, are recommended but not required.


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Teaching Technology
STEAM learning

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INQ101x is designed with primary and secondary school teachers in mind, though teacher candidates, higher education instructors, and other educators may also find it relevant. This course explores STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning and discusses some of the major themes and challenges of integrating inquiry and technology as a community of practitioners. Throughout this course, we will collect and share resources and exchange ideas about what works for specific topics and age groups.  We also support design groups to collaboratively develop a new lesson. In six weeks, this course will cover the following topics: Inquiry and student-centered pedagogy; designing lessons and assessments; collaborative learning, Handheld and mobile devices; knowledge co-construction; and inquiry enactment. Participation options INQ101x offers two parallel participation options: Foundations strand and Design strand. You can complete INQ101x and obtain a certificate through the foundations strand and engage in reflection, peer discussion, and lesson design evaluation. You can become more deeply involved in lesson design with your peers by entering the Design strand. Enrolled learners have the option to move between the two strands throughout the course.

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Jim Slotta Jim Slotta is an Associate Professor of Education at The University of Toronto, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Education and Technology. Before coming to Toronto, from 1997 - 2005, Professor Slotta was at the University of California, Berkeley where he led the design and development of the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment. Since 2005, he has directed the ENCORE lab - a team of students, designers and developers who investigate new models of collaborative and collective inquiry in K-12 science.