FAQs - Riverside MS Cohort

How does this program work?

23 Things is an independent learning program that encourages participants to take control of their own learning through online exploration and play. The program is web-based and not tied to a particular computer, so you can work anywhere you have Internet access.

Why do this?
Web 2.0 is a phrase coined in 2004. It refers to the fact that today’s Internet is an interactive medium rather than just a place to get information. Our students are using Web 2.0 tools every day, so it’s important to understand how these tools can be used effectively for teaching and learning. And, it’s going to be fun!

Is there a fee for this program?
No, 23 Things is free.

Can I get SBCEU credit for this course?
Yes, you can earn 2.0 SBCEUs upon successful completion of the course. There is a $10 fee. Details on how to apply for SBCEUs will be sent once the program is underway.

Who can participate in the program?
This offering of the course is for Riverside Middle School staff only. While the course is meant to be taken entirely online, you will have the advantage of being with other participants in the course on a daily basis.

How much time will each Thing require?
We estimate that each Thing will take one to two hours, but obviously, that will vary with the activities and individual participants.

What do I need to participate? High-speed Internet access to connect to the sites used in this program; comfort and skill to independently navigate the Internet, access email, and create online accounts; and motivation to learn. You will also need to know your Google account log in information for several of the Things.

How long do I have to complete the program? Eleven weeks - Dec 5, 2011 to Feb 17, 2012. A reasonable goal is to cover one main topic area (2-3 Things) per week , however you have the flexibility to move at your own pace. The program will remain online for you to use, but will not be monitored by the project facilitators after the session ending date.

How will my progress be monitored?
You write about each Thing you complete on your own blog (which you create in Thing 2), and project facilitators read and track all the participant blogs. Make sure you include the Thing # in the title of each post to make the tracking easier for both you and the facilitators.

How much do I have to write in my blog posts? Each blog post must reflect on the Thing you have completed. While we don't expect a dissertation on every Thing, we do expect thoughtful reflection and active participation that is clear in the post. Single line posts or those that show lack of participation will not be considered sufficient.

Who will see my blog?
Links to all the participants' blogs will be listed on the 23 Things site so that anyone can read them or comment. In fact, we encourage you to learn from each other in this way. Only the facilitators, however, will know who owns each blog - unless, of course, the blog's title gives a hint about the owner's identity. That's up to you.

What if I don't complete all the 23 Things?
Completing any number of the Things should certainly increase your knowledge of Web 2.0 technologies and their use in education. Do the best you can. However, to receive SBCEU credit, the entire program must be satisfactorily completed by the end date.

Will there be any face-to-face sessions?
This course was designed as an online, self-directed learning program. We provide helpful hints, encouraging words, and post comments on your blogs. However, since your entire staff is taking the course together, local facilitators may be available at times for assistance.

Do any of the 23 Things require special software?
Flash is required to view some of the applications. Chances are this is already installed on your computer, but if it is not, click here for a free download. If an activity requires any additional downloads, a link will be included in the Thing.

Is there any tech support?
RESA does not provide tech support. Work with the tech support folks in your building or try to problem-solve with others who are participating in the program.

Who are the project facilitators?
Jason Gribble, Pete Marabeas, Michael Moore are the local facilitators for this cohort and may be reached by district email. Carol Mayer is the RESA project facilitator. If you have questions, you may reach her by email at 23things@resa.net .

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