Today’s students inhabit a visual, networked culture. They connect and communicate with their peers – and the public – through digital media. Many assume that these “digital natives” are fully literate with regard to media; however, we believe that students need guidance, support and inspiration to realize their full academic potential with digital media.
The Teaching with Digital Media Online Course offers an opportunity for K-12 teachers to investigate how to provide that guidance, and to explore the ways in which media can be used to enrich teaching and learning. Building on the expertise of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, as well as a 10-year history of research on digital teaching and learning at the IML, this online course is designed to help teachers stimulate and motivate students by integrating digital media into their classrooms, using whatever tools are available.
Through a series of instructional videos and hands-on assignments, participants will be given an introduction to the fields of youth media and media literacy, as well as access to an array of free and easy-to-use digital tools and resources. Participants will plan successful student projects using these tools, and develop media-based assignments within specific content areas.
The Teaching with Digital Media Summer Institute will cover the same material as the online course over the duration of an intensive five-day period.
Teaching with Digital Media Modules
Module 1 – Learning with Digital Media
Key Concepts: foundational literacies | visual communication | blogging
Key Tools: Google Drive | Apple Wiki | Facebook | WordPress
Module 2 – Images, Maps, Diagrams
Key Concepts: image manipulation | mapping | design principles
Key Tools: Pixlr | Google Maps | Meme Generator
Module 3 – What is Web 2.0?
Key Concepts: recording audio | creating podcasts | mobile devices and apps
Key Tools: Audacity | GarageBand | SoundCloud
Module 4 – The Languages of New Media
Key Concepts: video capture | editing | remix | social media and networking
Ket Tools: iMovie and Movie Maker | YouTube | Creative Commons | Twitter
Module 5 – The Action Plan
Key Concepts: putting the pieces together
Key Tools: review
Summer 2013 Schedule
July 10 – August 14, 2013
Teaching with Digital Media Online Course: Summer Session
Complete the registration form and pay fees online. Deadline is July 9, 2013.
Fees/Credits: Online course (July 10 – August 14)
Cost without CEUs (Continuing Education Units): $150.00 USD
Cost including an official CEU transcript: $255.00 USD*
*The Teaching with Digital Media online course for the Summer 2013 semester will be offered for price of $150.00. There is an additional fee of $105.00, however, for those who choose to register as CEU participants.
CEU participants will receive a transcript with three CEUs (Continuing Education Units) upon completion of the course. CEUs can be used by your school district to determine salary points and other recognition of professional development. It is best to check with your school administrator to find out if you should receive Continuing Education Units.