Students as Content Creators

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This course is designed to introduce the concept of students as content creators and provide a rationale for using content creation with your students, including how it aligns with state or common core standards.  Beyond concepts, the course includes examples of student created content, an exploration of available digital tools, and how to incorporate the process of student created content into lesson plans and assessments.  This course is intended for teachers at all grade levels in all subject areas.

Students will:
  • Develop an understanding of the concept of students as content creators (SCC).
  • Identify ways that SCC meets state standards.
  • Analyze examples of student created content. 
  • Evaluate tools and resources for incorporating student created content in the classroom.
  • Write a lesson plan that incorporates student created content. 

Course Outline:

Lesson 1:   The Concept of Students as Content Creators  

What is it and why should I do it?

In this lesson, you will learn what the term “students as content creators” means and why educators are embracing this new way of engaging and teaching students.  By reading documentation produced by practicing teachers and watching this process in action, you will begin to develop an understanding of the value of this type of instruction. 

Lesson 2:   The Link to State Standards

How does it meet my required standards?

In this lesson you will closely examine state and common core standards and lesson plans associated with student content creation.  You will discern the standards for your school district and evaluate lesson ideas that may be appropriate for use with your students.   

Lesson 3:  Examples of Student Created Content

What does it look like?

In this lesson, you will study examples of student created content to help get your wheels turning on what you can do with your students.   Your goal for this lesson is to begin assessing various types of student created content and think about how you might use SCC in your classroom. 

Lesson 4:  The Process of Student Content Creation

How is it done?

In this lesson, you will explore ways to allow your students to create content rather than consume content from you.   You will apply the concept of students as content creators by developing a lesson plan that allows students to create content which demonstrates their mastery of the lesson skill.  Your goal for this lesson is to think about upcoming topics you will teach and decide where student created content might fit in and then create a real lesson plan that you can use with your students.

All necessary course materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**