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Ell 240 Week 2 Assignments

Emerging technologies are quickly gaining momentum in the field of virtual K-12 instruction. In this course, we will explore how the latest trends in the use of technology affect student learning and engagement. What innovative learning spaces and tools are available to instructors? How can instructors best utilize free and open resources to more deeply engage students in their learning? What impact can the use of emerging technologies have on student retention and performance? We will discuss the possibilities and challenges of using technology in fully online environments, although many of the ideas can be applied to blended and traditional environments as well. Learners will compare and contrast tools for use in K-12 virtual instruction, as well as examine best practices for implementing and managing these tools. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Understand the role of technology in the distribution of content, the facilitation of collaborative activities, and the assessment of students, courses, and organizations. 2. Identify and evaluate existing and emerging technologies for their value in virtual course instruction and curriculum development. 3. Design and assess a learning activity that utilizes social learning tools. 4. Design and assess a learning activity or curricular program that uses game-based strategies and/or badges to deepen student engagement in virtual courses. 5. Research, critically evaluate, and employ open content in virtual education. 6. Debate the role of MOOCs in virtual K-12 education.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY PRESENTATION 2 Cultural Diversity Presentation Our country consists of many different cultures so naturally a majority of our communities are culturally diverse. Culturally diverse families find education to be just as important as any other family. Unfortunately, these families may not always feel welcomed at their children’s schools to have any involvement. Teachers should try and connect with these families by increasing communication and involvement opportunity at school. Syrja (2011) noted that before there is a significant amount of parental attendance at school activities, parents must first feel welcome so, teachers should reach out to families (Pg. 82). This paper will provide a few activities in which teachers can use to increase family involvement at school. Holidays we celebrate night. This activity is targeted to get both students and families to be actively involved in learning about different holidays that different cultures within our own community celebrate. Since our community is made up of families from diverse cultures, there are various holidays and traditions that are celebrated. This school classroom activity encourages an understanding of the different winter holidays and traditions that families may have within our classroom and community. This activity will help culturally diverse families feel as they are accepted and a part of the school and community. This gathering will also benefit families that are not culturally diverse. According to Beach (2001), experiences in culturally diverse gatherings will serve to dispute any stereotyped beliefs once held and allow for more openness and acceptance of other cultures (Para. 13). This gathering will take place the first week in the month of December and will give families an opportunity to meet other families from their child’s classroom.

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