This digital community is open to all educators beyond UT Arlington! Our goal is open, access, networking, and support!
The goal of the UT Arlington digital community for recent grads and current students in Curriculum and Instruction is to provide social and academic support as new teachers learn to transition from the university environment into their first years (years 0-3) of classroom teaching. A digital environment is ideal because it provides flexibility and opportunities to learn, dialogue, and provide an ongoing support network.
Focus: 1) support new teachers (0-3 years experience) 2) support pre-service teachers 3) provide informal knowledge sharing in both hierarchal ways (e.g., links to UTA videos, information, modules, etc.) and non-hierarchical (e.g., peer support) ways 4) use of innovative and synchronous technologies to support ongoing learning of cutting-edge and high needs topics for all students and 5) general building of community of UTA students and faculty.
Participatory and collaborative
Synchronous learning tools [webinar with live chat features]
Connectivism and distributed learning
Digital transformations in K-12 and higher ed; we need to be on board with 21st century learning; using tools in isolation won’t get us there