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Certificate in Media and Technology for Education

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Overview

We live in a media-saturated world, where our professional, personal, and educational lives are mediated by screen-based technologies. As educators, leaders, and citizens, we must ask ourselves:

  • How do we best integrate media and technology into our practice to support the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of ourselves and those with whom we work?
  • In what ways can an improved understanding of media and technology allow for an enhanced, more purposeful impact on learning?
  • How does mindful use of media and technology help educators connect with and support one another in online professional learning communities?

The Certificate in Media and Technology for Education strengthens the work of professionals through a series of virtual learning experiences that dynamically blend together research, theory, and practice. Designed for educators across a variety of contexts, including K-12, higher education, and informal learning educators at all levels and roles, this series of offerings intends to expand educators’ awareness of the central role that media, technology, and information literacies play in formal and informal learning environments.

Overarching Certificate Learning Goals

  • Understand theoretical and research-based foundations of screen-based learning, teaching, and leading.
  • Practice applying strategies in support of your learners and context.
  • Join and engage in an active learning community of educators from all levels and roles from around the world.

How to Earn Your Certificate

In order to receive your Certificate in Media and Technology for Education, you must complete three or more of the workshops specified below. Upon completion, you will receive a digital certificate entitled "Certificate in Media and Technology for Education." 

Each of the following workshops is designed to meet you where you are by providing a flexible learning experience that can be applied to the work you already have underway. Rather than add more to your already busy schedules, these workshops provide you space, resources, and connections you'll need to complete projects that matter to you.

Workshops

Screen-Time Savvy: Skills and Strategies to Deepen Digital and Media Literacy

We, and the young people we serve, experience our lives through screens now more than ever before. How might we, as educators, leaders, and caregivers, become more critical users, consumers, and creators of screen-based media and popular culture? Join this vibrant learning community as we explore the foundational research and theories on screen-use, screen-time, and the relationship between popular media and learning. Develop an understanding of media literacy education in relation to yourself and the young people with whom you work. Evaluate your own media use through an analytical lens. Engage in personal reflection, ongoing collaborative discussion, and action-oriented application, as you consider specific media education strategies to employ with your learners.

Additional Information

Website: Screen-Time Savvy: Skills and Strategies to Deepen Digital and Media Literacy
Faculty Chair: Joe Blatt
Duration: 4 Weeks
Modality: Asynchronous via Canvas learning platform (self-paced with no required live sessions) 
Hours: 5 Hours Per Week, Total of 20 PD Clock Hours 
Tuition: $295 per person

Deeper Than Edutainment: Taking Books and their Film Adaptation Seriously

At a time when content creation, streaming, and movie-viewing at home are at all-time highs, it can seem that the arrival of new stories is constant. How can we use the stories that have “crossed” from one media platform (say a book or a play) over to another platform (say a movie) for learning? In this workshop, we will explore and practice a research-based, theory-driven approach that enhances the use of movies and books for learning through the intentional application of cross-media storytelling. A cross-media approach can assist you as you select, evaluate, and optimize the use of popular stories to promote social, emotional, and academic development with your learners. We will practice analyzing a story "twice-told" through the lenses of aesthetics, ethics, and academics. Interrogate the merit of what is on their screen. Together, we will bolster our critical media literacy skills while developing a deeper sense of self-understanding, heightened social perspective-taking, and better informed civic awareness and civic engagement.

Additional Information

Website: Deeper Than Edutainment: Taking Books and their Film Adaptation Seriously
Faculty Chair: Bob Selman
Duration: 4 Weeks
Modality: Asynchronous via Canvas learning platform (self-paced with no required live sessions) 
Hours: 5 Hours Per Week, Total of 20 PD Clock Hours 
Tuition: $295 per person

Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning

Looking to deepen your understanding of K12 online, blended, and hybrid education? Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning offers the opportunity to explore and practice a research-based framework for designing and facilitating online and blended experiences. Apply your learning to a weekly iterative project, where you craft a usable deliverable, such as a small lesson design or facilitation plan, that is unique to your context and learners. Give and receive ongoing peer feedback, using a research-based protocol, to learn with and from educators from around the world. Connect with peers through role-alike, informal discussion spaces to share, connect, and build your professional learning community. 

Additional Information

Website: Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning
Faculty Chair: Barbara Treacy
Duration: 4 Weeks
Modality: Asynchronous via Canvas learning platform (self-paced with no required live sessions) 
Hours: 5 Hours Per Week, Total of 20 PD Clock Hours 
Tuition: $295 per person

Online Teaching and Learning in Action

During times of innovation, there are constant and inevitable challenges. This follow-up workshop to Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning/The Online Classroom: Strategies for Higher Ed Teaching and Learning equips educators with the strategies necessary to intentionally address ongoing challenges that will continue to arise during transitions to and from online, blended, and tech-enhanced teaching, learning, and leading. In Online Teaching and Learning in Action, you will examine, practice, and become fluent in an equity-centered design thinking process as a framework for iterative, human-centered problem-solving.

Additional Information

Website: Online Teaching and Learning in Action
Faculty Chair: Barbara Treacy
Duration: 6 Weeks
Modality: Asynchronous via Canvas learning platform with 2 live sessions via Zoom
Hours: 3-4 Hours Per Week, Total of 20 PD Clock Hours 
Tuition: $375 per person

The Online Classroom: Strategies for Higher Ed Teaching and Learning

This workshop is designed to support educators in colleges and universities as you transform your practice for online and blended environments. Through research-based frameworks, specific strategies, and a dynamic peer-learning community, this workshop provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to advance your virtual teaching, learning, and leadership. This online course is asynchronous but holds optional live office hours.

Additional Information

Website: The Online Classroom: Strategies for Higher Ed Teaching and Learning
Faculty Chair: Barbara Treacy
Duration: 4 Weeks
Modality: Asynchronous via Canvas learning platform, with live office hours via Zoom.
Hours: 5 Hours Per Week, Total of 20 Clock Hours

Action-Planning for the New Normal: Making Sense of Our Year On Screens

In this workshop, we encourage you to resist the urge to return to “normal,” during the 2021-2022 school year.  Rather, let’s rethink past practices, synthesize takeaways from 2020, and explore a vision for a “new normal.” Join us as we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly from 2020, with an eye toward the future. Develop a concrete action plan that incorporates the important learnings gleaned from 2020 and integrates best practices for moving forward for the forthcoming school year.

Additional Information

Website: Action-Planning for the New Normal: Making Sense of Our Year On Screens
Faculty Chair: Barbara Treacy
Duration: 4 Weeks
Modality: Asynchronous via Canvas learning platform
Hours: 3-4 Hours Per Week, Total of 20 PD Clock Hours

Two Available Models of Engagement for TNN 

Light-Facilitation Model:
Participants will receive peer feedback on their action plans during Week 2, 3, and 4. Facilitators will support participants and synthesize the online discussions in a weekly shared post. Although the syntheses are robust, participants do not receive individual feedback on action plans from facilitators. Tuition: $295 per person


Coached Model: The coached model is offered for those individuals and teams who have the interest, time, and capacity to focus more intently on the course experience. This model will be more interactive and will offer participants the opportunity to engage directly with a Harvard-trained facilitator for direct feedback on their action plans. Tuition: $525