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Course Orientation Week
All OPEN NH courses begin with an optional face-to-face orientation, allowing participants to become familiar with course login procedures and overall course requirements. Orientation to the course continues online during the first week, so that participants become familiar with course expectations and get acquainted with their instructor and fellow classmates.

Six Weeks of Online Activities
Following the orientation, courses continue for six weeks, emphasizing theory-to-practice applications. Course work includes online discussions, reflections, readings, and projects. Course participants receive a certificate of participation that may be applied to their individual professional development plans.

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SS-01 Transforming the Classroom with Project Based Learning in Social Studies
This course is designed to familiarize participants with the principles of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout this six-week course, exemplary projects will be analyzed, critiqued, and evaluated for applicability to participants' classroom needs. Participants will gain hands on experience using software tools to support the planning and execution of projects, and develop collaborative, inquiry-based projects that support their curricular goals. Participants will learn to blend PBL and standards-based design strategies to create curriculum units that enhance student learning at all grade levels and subject areas. Each participant will leave the online course with preliminary plans for a PBL project.

SS-02 Integrating Primary Sources into the Social Studies Classroom
There is a tremendous wealth of Web-based resources that support active learning and primary research in the Social Studies classroom for teachers of all grade levels. Participants will explore the range of available primary and secondary resources including collections of original documents, vast reservoirs of secondary historical information, and online resources designed to support Social Studies teachers in curriculum development. Participants will consider effective research strategies and engage in critical analysis of web resources. In addition, participants will l earn develop a personal collection of web-based resources for curricular use and develop preliminary plans, using primary or secondary resources available on the Web, to enhance a curriculum unit.

SS-03 Designing a Virtual Field Trip in Social Studies
This course will enable teachers of all grade levels and subject areas to use Internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for their students. Participants will become familiar with the strategies and resources that educators use to design these field trips, as well as tips and tricks to ensure their success. By the end of the course, participants will have designed effective and engaging virtual field trips for their students that are aligned to state and national standards.

SS-04 Differentiating Instruction to Accommodate Learning Styles in Social Studies
Addressing the individual learning styles of students can be a challenge for teachers. The World Wide Web contains a vast number of resources to assist teachers in understanding and planning for the different avenues through which students learn best. Suitable for participants of all grade levels and subject areas, this course will review a range of web sites providing information about learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as resources to assist teachers in both identifying students' learning styles and intelligences and engaging students in activities which best suit those styles and intelligences. Participants will become familiar with teaching strategies and tools targeted for each learning style and intelligence and develop a preliminary lesson plan using those strategies and tools.

SS-05   Teaching American History Using Primary Sources and Internet Resources
This course will enable teachers to move beyond history textbooks to use primary sources and web-based lessons to make history come alive for their students. Participants will explore exemplary websites, learn how to integrate primary sources into different parts of instruction, discover a wide array of online resources, and learn how to find and create WebQuests. Peer support and feedback will enable all participants to become comfortable with online resources and primary sources. By the end of the course, each participant will have a selection of primary sources, online resources, and lesson ideas to implement into their curricula.

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        Last update: March 16, 2011