In our technology-driven, globally diverse world, students are consuming and producing many forms of electronic media. How do we develop teaching strategies for the 21st Century classroom given changing ideas about literacy? This course is designed for K-12 educators looking to integrate an array of current digital technology skills with core academic subjects. The state of Maine has joined the National Partnership for 21st Century Skills (see and advocates the infusion of these skills into K-12 learning.


By the end of this course teachers will be able to:
(1) Demonstrate 21st Century literacies in the classroom by
  • a. Designing course content using NETS standards and materials developed through the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
  • b. Using social media tools that are appropriate for today’s classrooms.
  • c. Express an understanding of the literacy terms of 21st Century learning
(2) Model and instruct students in the meaning of digital citizenship and educational uses of social networking.
  • a. Process with students the meaning of the social interactions on the Internet.
  • b. Develop partnerships with other classes, schools and countries for collaborative learning.
(3) Use online resources to:
  • a. Create examples of communication with collaboration
  • b. Design curriculum-based projects that are global in nature and demonstrate 21st century literaciees.
  • c. Locate, evaluate and collect quality web resources for themselves and their students
  • d. Find and integrate web sties for curriculum projects
(4) Use and teach principles of copyright and Creative Commons licensing.
(5) Develop a professional learning network using online tools and collaborate with other teachers. able to:
  • Be familiar with what it means to be literate in the 21st century classroom.
  • Become familiar with 21st century literacy terms (such as the NETS standards and Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
  • Understand how social media can be leveraged in today’s classroom.
  • Become familiar with how digital citizenship fits in social networking,
  • Apply examples of communication with collaboration through the use of online tools.
  • Design curriculum-based projects that are global in nature using online tools and programs that demonstrate of 21st century literacy.
  • Locate, evaluate, and collect quality web resources for themselves and their students.
  • Locate and integrate web sites into their curriculum projects.
  • Understand web 2.0 technology-based teaching methods.
  • Understand copyright and Creative Commons licensing.
  • Collaborate with other teachers on the use of technology in their classrooms.
  • Understand the social connections on the web that students are making.


Students must attend class, participate in discussions, reflect on reading assignments, and demonstrate knowledge of technology tools. Assignments and a final project demonstrating an understanding of how technology can be used in a classroom lesson will be required.

Assignments/Basis for Final Grade:

  • Class participation 10%
  • Homework 15%
  • Practice hands on projects 15%
  • Resource Library 15%
  • Reading Summaries 20%
  • Final Project 25%


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  • Students are responsible for their log in and password for the course. You will need a valid USM login to use the Mac's in the lab. If you need assistance with your login you will need to visit the
    Computer Lab Help Desk on the first floor in Luther Bonney. Additional information about taking courses at USM is in the attached document:
  • It is the responsibility of each student to back up his or her work. Students may use a USB pen drive or bring CDR-Ws’
  • Students should have an e-mail account that can send and receive files.
  • Students should bring headphones or earbuds.
  • Students may want to bring a digital camera.

Academic Support:

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please contact the instructor as soon as possible. Also make an appointment with the office of academic support for students with disabilities. At any point in the semester, if you encounter difficulty with the course or feel you could be performing at a higher level, please consult with one of the instructors. Students experience difficulty for a variety of reasons. For problems with writing skills and time management, make an appointment to see a student tutor at:
The Learning Center (TLC),
252 Luther Bonney (780-4228).

Help is also available through the Counseling Center, 105 Payson Smith (780-4050), and the Office of Academic Support for Students with Disabilities, 237 Luther Bonney 780-4706).

Inservice Graduate Credit:
Inservice graduate credit courses (a) are developed collaboratively by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Professional Development Center (PDC), and school systems, singly by school systems, or singly by CEHD/PDC; (b) address staff development needs of school systems, teachers and administrators; (c) comply with USM CEHD graduate course standards for intellectual inquiry and credentials of instructors; (d) comply with USM CEHD graduate course requirements for number of instructional contact hours, grading policies, and evaluation procedures; and (e) carry academic credit at the graduate level.

Inservice graduate credit courses are not automatically transferable as electives to graduate degree programs of the CEHD of the University of Southern Maine. Approval for course acceptance is a two-step process:
(1) review the syllabus and recommendation by the student's faculty advisor;
(2) approval of the course by the appropriate USM CEHD program.

Please note if a student wishes to include a PDC course in his/ her program of study, prior approval is necessary for students currently matriculated in USM CEHD graduate programs. For clarification on this matter, please contact the USM Professional Development Center.

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