Integrating Educational Technology in Social Sciences – an Online Course for Teachers!
17 October 2019
This past week the team at Limina’s creative hub finished off the first ever subject-specific online course for History and Geography teachers in the Western Cape – possibly even the whole of South Africa!
The online course was developed for the Western Cape Education Department’s Social Sciences subject group led by Senior Curriculum Planner, Noleen Dodgen.
At the start of 2019, Dodgen approached Limina’s Dr Isabel Tarling to present a course in EdTech Integration to the Social Sciences subject team. During the face-to-face engagement, the subject advisers for History and Geography identified specific needs and challenges teachers faced when teaching various aspects of the subject. These needs and challenges became the compass points that directed how the online course was developed and to ensure that each module meet the immediate needs of teachers in their subject and class.
The result is a 10 module online course which focuses on specific skills and processes in Geography and History. These skills include developing visual literacy, reading, writing and research skills, and how to develop subject specific competencies from Grades 4 to 9. The course is jam-packed with many downloadable resources, links and ideas that teachers can easily access and use in the class.
The pilot was launched on 02 October 2019 with a diverse group of Geography, History and GET subject advisers. The course is designed to be completed over a 10 week period. Each module has an online and work-based component meaning online tasks need to be completed and that learning needs to be implemented in the class. Based on feedback from the first group of subject advisers in January 2020, Limina will refine the course and have it ready for its official launch in late February or early March 2020.
Direct enquiries to Noleen Dodgen at 021 467 9333.
The Western Cape Education Department takes the lead with teachers’ online learning and professional development! Watch this video to find out more:
Integrating EdTechs in Social Studies