Open Thinking Wiki

Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros

(Re)Imagining Social Media & Technology in Teacher Education

Presenter: Alec Couros (also see CV), Dean Shareski
Presenters Affiliation: Faculty of Education, University of Regina

Conversation Description: Dean Shareski and Alec Couros have been teaching technology and social media related courses in a teacher education program at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. Over the last couple of years, we have focused on social and participatory learning strategies as we have "opened" our courses with the assistance of the individuals in our respective personal learning networks. This has meant connecting our students to passionate and knowledgeable educators from around the world, and also, allowing our students to become mentors in distant classrooms. The courses, based on student feedback, have been very successful. We hope to focus this conversation on both the specific and general. First, in what ways can we improve our course experiences to ensure success for our students (and hopefully for the schools in which they are hired)? Second, we would like your input in (re)imagining the role of teacher education programs in the development of students who are technologically savvy and media literate. What should our programs aim to accomplish? What strategies should we adopt? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we work better with K12 schools districts to help foster innovation and ensure success for young learners.

Browse the courses:
- ECMP 355 Ning (Winter 2010, Couros)
- ECMP 455 Wiki (Winter 2010, Shareski)
- ECMP 355 Wiki (Fall 2009, Shareski)
- EC&I 831 (Fall 2009, Couros)


Feedback: Dean and I put a call out for help on this topic. We received several media files and text comments (on the original blog post). Thanks to all who contributed, and we wish we would have had time to do something more creative with your feedback. We have included these pieces here below so that others can view them.