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eMINTS eLearning Courses - Fall 2017

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    • A Conceptual Introduction to Functions: Using Visual Models
      This course will help middle school teachers learn approaches to teaching functions using visual models. Participants in this workshop will become familiar with strategies to help students develop a strong conceptual understanding of functions and with tasks that allow students to explore situations of both linear and non-linear functions. Participants will also engage in creating classroom tasks to help students make connections between multiple representations of functions. Participants will evaluate a variety of applets throughout this course, and they will conduct an interview with a small group of students about their experiences using an applet. In the final project for this course, participants will design a lesson plan using an applet to explore the concept of function.

      This course will enable participants to
      • Learn approaches to teaching functions using visual models
      • Become familiar with strategies to help students develop a strong conceptual understanding of function
      • Become familiar with tasks that allow middle school students to explore situations of both linear and non-linear functions
      • Create classroom tasks that allow students to make connections between multiple representations of functions (patterns, tables, graphs and equations)
      • Develop strategies for generalizing a pattern or situation
      • Explore the use of technology in supporting student learning about functions
      Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary School

      This course provides teachers of grades 3 through 5 with an opportunity to explore how activities that foster algebraic thinking can be integrated into the elementary classroom. Algebraic thinking consists of more than just learning how to solve for the variables x and y; it helps students think about mathematics at an abstract level and provides them with a way to reason about real-life problems. In this course, participants will explore three components of algebraic thinking: making generalizations, thinking about the equals sign, and being able to reason about unknown quantities. As participants stretch their own algebraic reasoning skills, they will also spend considerable time thinking about how to integrate algebraic tasks into their own classroom instruction. This course uses readings, video, online discussion boards, a final project, and engaging mathematics problems to promote the idea that the incorporation of algebraic thinking tasks in elementary school mathematics is critical to students’ future success.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Learn how children in grades 3-5 can think about basic algebraic concepts
      • Appreciate the importance of algebraic thinking in the upper elementary curriculum
      • Read and discuss relevant research on the importance of algebraic thinking in elementary school instruction
      • Explore a variety of problems that can be used with students to develop their algebraic thinking
      • Understand student misconceptions about the sign “=” and why this is such a pivotal concept in elementary mathematics;/li>
      • Identify generalization as a strategy for solving some, but not all, algebraic problems
      • Appreciate the role of “unknown quantity” problems in the development of algebraic reasoning
      • Learn how to design activities that encourage algebraic thinking
      • Create a collection of activities which promote algebraic thinking that can be integrated into classroom practice
      • Promote a “learning-by-doing” methodology, which is applicable to students at all ages
      Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms (Intel)

      Participants will take an in-depth look at assessment to meet the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. In this course, teachers see how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and their students’ learning. They learn how to plan, develop and manage student-centered assessment. They follow three teachers who are implementing embedded and ongoing assessment methods in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the assessment concepts with action planning exercises.

      This online workshop will enable participants to

      • Identify the characteristics of a 21st century classroom
      • Understand the role of formative and summative assessment
      • Identify the purposes of assessment and select appropriate methods and instruments to meet those purposes
      • Learn to incorporate assessment, including self- and peer-assessment, into regular classroom activities
      • Plan assessments around standards and 21st century skills
      • Create an assessment plan, assessment timeline and assessment instruments for a unit or project
      • Learn methods to schedule, perform and record assessment
      • Practice using assessment data to adjust classroom instruction
      Best Practices for Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary School Classroom

      In this course, participants will examine best practices for direct vocabulary instruction in order to build the breadth and depth of students’ vocabulary for both comprehension and written expression in grades three through five. Participants will learn the importance of creating a word-conscious learning environment that encourages motivation and interest in learning new words. Participants will learn how to model and encourage independent word-learning strategies that students can apply while engaging in wide and varied reading. They will also explore the value of instructing students to infer the meaning of words from context and word parts. For their final project, participants will incorporate components of a balanced vocabulary program by designing a vocabulary lesson based on a classroom text—either fiction or non-fiction.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Create a learning environment that encourages motivation and interest in learning new words—word-consciousness
      • Encourage independent word-learning strategies while engaging in wide and varied reading
      • Design explicit instruction in the definitional and contextual meanings of words
      • Evaluate text and select words to study that are critical to comprehension and frequently appear in a wide variety of texts
      • Design vocabulary instruction to teach concepts central to content area studies
      • Implement instruction that addresses how to infer meaning through structural analysis, including inferring meaning from common Greek and Latin roots
      • Informally assess students’ vocabulary knowledge to inform further classroom instruction
      • Incorporate a balanced vocabulary program into their language arts and content area curriculum
      Innovative Teacher Leaders in the Digital Age

      This course will guide teachers in becoming a digital leader in their school and in the educational community at large. Teachers are today’s experts in the use of technology to allow instruction to take students far beyond anything they were once able to do in the classroom. Today’s leaders have a professional presence online and interact globally, staying up to date on the latest trends and promoting their own personal skills and talents in today's fast-paced world of education.

      This online course will enable participants to:

      • learn about available ISTE resources and standards.
      • create a personal PLN that provides the support and information they are seeking.
      • explore theories of adult learning.
      • explore the many roles teachers may play in a school community.
      • learn ways to build trusting relationships with peers.
      • explore LinkedIn and professional organizations for educators.
      • explore resources for educational technology trends and how they may impact the students of today.
      Best Practices for Vocabulary Instruction in the Middle School Classroom

      This course will expand participants’ understanding of vocabulary development and instructional techniques that are effective in helping students in grades six through eight expand their vocabularies. Participants will learn how to assess students’ vocabulary knowledge and select words from a text that are most useful for instruction, including those with high-frequency Greek and Latin word parts. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore online resources for vocabulary development and assess their own current vocabulary teaching strategies. This course is designed to help teachers and other educators learn new ways to extend the vocabularies of middle school students.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Deepen their understanding of vocabulary development
      • Deepen their understanding of levels of vocabulary knowledge
      • Assess students’ levels of vocabulary knowledge
      • Select appropriate words from text for instruction purposes
      • Plan and implement strategies for direct instruction of vocabulary words
      • Evaluate websites designed for vocabulary building
      • Analyze the ways in which technology can be used to foster students’ vocabulary development
      Beyond Your Schoolyard: An Intro to GPS, Geocaching and Google Earth

      This course is an introduction to Google Earth and the geospatial technologies of GPS (global positioning systems) and GIS (geographical information systems). Participants will gain an understanding of how these technologies work and will practice using a GPS system and Google Earth. They will consider how these tools might be used to develop authentic, problem-based experiences that engage students in critical thinking, decision-making and data analysis. Upon completion of this course, participants will have experienced a group project involving both GPS and Google Earth; designed a Google Earth file which exhibits features such as formatting place marker descriptions, adding images and route paths; and developed a classroom lesson that utilizes Google Earth, GPS, and/or geocaching. Participants will also learn to navigate using a GPS device and consider the use of geocaching in their classrooms. GIS will be introduced. An in-depth look at GIS is not within the scope of this six-week course.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Define geospatial technologies including Google Earth, GPS and GIS, describe how they work, and identify real-world applications of these technologies
      • Use a GPS device to gather data in the community where they live
      • Post geographical data to Google Earth
      • Develop a sample Google Earth KMZ file and use the data to draw conclusions
      • Discuss classroom applications of Google Earth
      • Analyze geocaching lessons to determine which lessons effectively utilize the technology and require higher-level thinking of students
      • Design effective classroom applications utilizing GPS and Google Earth
      • Design a classroom lesson which exhibits effective uses of geospatial technologies and engages students in higher-level thinking skills
      CCSS-Exploring the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

      The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) describe eight Standards for Mathematical Practice applicable to students of all grades. Different than the grade-specific Standards for Mathematical Content, these practices describe the habits of mind—the ways of thinking about math—that mathematicians and successful students use. In this course, participants will explore and unpack the eight math practices, learning what they mean and how they can be developed across all grades. Participants will read articles to deepen their understanding of the practices, watch videos to see how other teachers are fostering the practices in their curricula, listen to interviews with experts, and collaboratively develop ideas and strategies for developing the practices with students. Participants will create or rework a lesson to promote one or more of the mathematical practices in their classrooms that can be used now, regardless of whether or not the Standards for Mathematical Content are addressed.

      During this course, participants will

      • Understand the Mathematical Practices as habits of mind.
      • Understand that the Mathematical Practices are developed throughout all the grades.
      • Gain strategies for developing a classroom culture that promotes and values this kind of thinking.
      • Explore rich math tasks through the lens of promoting the practices.
      • Identify evidence that students are using the practices in their work.
      • Gain a model for the structure and interrelatedness of the practices.
      • Create a lesson that promotes one or more practice.
      CCSS-Implementing the English Language Arts (ELA)-Literacy Standards with a Focus on Reading

      This course is designed to introduce participants to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA-Literacy and the important instructional shifts of those standards, including balancing informational and literary text, building knowledge in the disciplines, understanding the “staircase of complexity,” developing text-based answers, writing from sources, and using academic vocabulary. Participants will learn to examine standards closely, unpack and explore the standards, especially those addressing reading, vocabulary and language, and build background information. In addition, participants will learn how students will demonstrate mastery of the standards, how assessments will change, and finally, how technology and multimedia support teaching and learning of these standards.  Participants will showcase what they have learned by completing a lesson around one or more CCSS for ELA-Literacy.

      During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to

      • Understand key design features of the CCSS for ELA-Literacy;
      • Understand the spiraling and sequencing nature of the CCSS for ELA-Literacy;
      • Translate the CCSS for ELA-Literacy into practice;
      • Use concrete examples to construct classroom activities;
      • Identify knowledge and skills required by relevant ELA-Literacy Standards;
      • Understand what it means for students to meet a chosen ELA-Literacy Standard;
      • Create a lesson around one or more ELA-Literacy Standard.
      Choosing and Using WebQuests

      WebQuests are constructivist-based activities delivered over the Internet. A WebQuest allows students to explore problems and create solutions. In this course you will learn how to identify the elements of a good WebQuest. You will also learn how to construct a quality WebQuest and identify the appropriate accompanying resources. You will build your own WebQuest.

      This online course will enable participants to understand

      • How WebQuests may be used as teaching tools
      • The elements of a WebQuest
      • How WebQuests can be used to meet standards and GLE/CLEs
      • How to assess student work as they complete a WebQuest
      • How to design a WebQuest and the scaffolding for organization of information collected by students
      • How to create a WebQuest online and evaluate it using a rubric
      Chromebooks in the Classroom
      Chromebooks have made a huge splash within the education setting. Many districts are choosing to purchase more and more of these devices for classroom use. This course will help you understand the basics of Chromebooks and how they can benefit your classroom. You will explore the key tools you'll use through Google Drive, as well as navigating the plethora of add-ons that can really increase the power of Chromebooks. Additionally, you'll discuss how to manage all these new devices in your room, keeping learning at the center. In the end, you'll have a detailed handbook that you created that can be used to help roll out these new devices in your classroom.
      Classroom Management (updated)

      Classroom Management has been updated to include new research based strategies that guide teachers through collecting and analyzing student data to determine the success of the strategies in their own classrooms. Various management strategies will be discussed as the course leads the teacher through the development of a new classroom management plan that includes the development of routines, procedures and positive intentions for their classroom.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Explore the different attributes of an effective classroom management plan.
      • Investigate and evaluate the dynamics and outcomes of various classroom management strategies.
      • Collect, analyze, and reflect on student data and draw conclusions about its’ effects on your present classroom management plan.
      • Investigate and explore research-based student behavior strategies that will teach students to manage their time and learning.
      • Design and complete a classroom management plan incorporating strategies, routines, and procedures that address your specific goals and classroom needs.
      Collaboration in the Digital Classroom (Intel)

      Through this course, teachers will explore the role of collaboration in instruction.  Participants will learn how collaboration benefits students by helping them develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Course activities focus on planning and managing collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools to enhance the learning experience. Support will be provided to participants, through facilitation and the discussion forums, as they plan for collaboration in their classrooms.

      This online workshop will enable participants to

      • Explore examples of collaborative classrooms
      • Identify the benefits of collaboration for students
      • Use a framework to design and assess collaborative experiences
      • Explore eight categories of online collaborative tools and find strategies for classroom integration
      • Support student collaboration while promoting ethical, safe and legal online communication practices
      • Develop resources to manage collaborators and technology effectively
      Complexities of Measurement

      In this course, participants will gain an understanding of common misconceptions students have about measurement and will provide teachers some tools and strategies to help students improve their conceptual understanding of this topic. Participants in this workshop will explore why it is important to study measurement in the upper elementary grades as well as why teachers need to pay particular attention to the ideas of unitization and iteration. In the final project for this course, participants will design activities for their students that promote a conceptual understanding of measurement and which are immediately useful in the classroom.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Become familiar with tasks that encourage students to understand what measurement is and why it is necessary
      • Gain a better understanding of how elementary students think about linear measurement, area, and capacity
      • Study critical ideas in mathematics education, such as the importance of unitization and iteration when measuring
      • Learn how to create lessons which use mathematical tools appropriately
      • Learn how to conduct a student interview
      • Promote a “learning-by-doing” methodology, which is applicable to students at all ages
      • As a final product, participants will create engaging, standards-based activities that promote student inquiry into critical issues of measurement.
      Creativity in the Mobile Classroom (Intel)
      This interactive e-learning experience will help you develop an understanding of the role creativity plays in a mobile and personalized classroom. Through many examples, you will consider how to develop creative thinking skills within your students and what instructional environments promote creativity. In addition, you will explore future mobile technology trends and see how mobile apps can foster creativity while delivering engaging, personalized instructional content. You will also learn strategies for assessing student creativity and managing a mobile learning classroom.
      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Game Design
      This course brings technology and content together teaching game design emphasizing computational thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving. Participants will master basic game design with AgentSheets and how to teach it. Teachers gain experience, confidence, and resources to teach students to design computer games and simulations. Upon successful completion of this course you will learn how game design can help in differentiating and expanding learning for students, as well as have a lesson and game examples for classroom implementation. A limited number of scholarships are available for participants willing to take part in a research study. Non-scholarship participants will be required to purchase AgentSheets software.
      Differentiating Instruction: Empowering All Learners

      This course provides teachers a structured framework and strategies from which to teach a diverse group of learners in a single classroom. Implementing Differentiated Instruction transforms a teacher into a facilitator of learning – guiding students as they explore and master the curriculum using their unique learning styles and strengths individually and collaboratively. This course will engage teachers in developing lessons that will embed flexibility for learning styles, involve students at their instructional level, use interest and choice as motivational tools, and utilize ongoing assessment. Participants will learn how to differentiate the content (what to teach), the process (how to teach it), and the product (demonstrating what the learner knows, understands, and is able to do) to meet individual learning styles. And, of course, how to manage this differentiated classroom will be addressed. While this course does not address specific content standards, participants’ final lesson project will reference their own content area standards.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Identify benefits and discuss reasons for pursuing differentiated instruction.
      • Compare and contrast differentiated instruction with their current teaching style.
      • Discuss and select content, process and products that address interests, readiness and learning style/multiple intelligences of a diverse student population.
      • Identify and select appropriate instructional strategies that support learner diversity.
      • Develop learning units using differentiated instruction including differentiating content, process and product.
      Designing Meaningful Digital Learning: Not Your 90s Webquest
      Since the late 1990s, teachers have recognized the value of the Internet as a teaching tool. Webquests were born and touted for their educational potential. While they effectively engaged and motivated students, many webquests failed to hone the requisite critical thinking skills necessary to realize their true instructional potential. Done right, digital learning can be used to provide students with a chance to actively explore diverse perspectives; launch authentic, real-world investigations; gather information to construct and inform their own knowledge and meaning of the world; work cooperatively with others both co-located and at a distance, and differentiate learning that motivates them on an individual level. This meaningful learning allows technology to move from a simple substitutive tool to one with the power to transform learning. In this course, you will be introduced to the attributes of meaningful digital learning. Starting with desired learning outcomes, you will plan how to assess the learning to ensure alignment with learning objectives. Then, using an approach best suited to your content - webquest, inquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, etc., time will be spent developing appropriate learning tasks. From there, you will build an environment that pulls the pieces together and guides the learning for your students. Finally, you will reflect upon your process, brainstorm potential issues that may arise, and plan for future growth opportunities.
      Early Childhood Book-Reading Practices

      Book reading in the early childhood classroom is not only one of the most important practices for building later reading success, but it is probably one of the more enjoyable experiences for both teachers and children. In this workshop early childhood educators will explore quality children’s literature and best book reading practices. Participants will learn ways to share various genres of books in the classroom. They will learn the importance of multiple re-readings and strategies to foster children’s vocabulary knowledge, print concepts, phonological awareness, and reading comprehension during large and small group readings. Workshop assignments will invite participants to research quality children’s literature and develop book-reading planners with specific goals for children’s learning.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Understand how book reading impacts children’s language and literacy development
      • Learn effective strategies for utilizing different book genres in the classroom
      • Understand how multiple readings of the same book can enhance children’s cognitive and literacy skills
      • Learn how to implement interactive book-reading sessions that deepen children’s comprehension
      • Learn ways to support vocabulary development through book reading
      • Learn ways to integrate books and book-reading into classroom curriculum activities
      Early Childhood: Creating a Language-Rich Environment

      One of the most important tasks for children in the first five years of life is the development of language. Children enter early care settings with vast differences in vocabulary and oral language development, and early educators can meet this challenge by providing language-rich learning environments. This workshop will provide early childhood educators with an understanding of young children’s oral language development and appropriate approaches for promoting language and emergent literacy in their classrooms. This workshop will focus on effective methods for developing children’s vocabulary knowledge through book reading and discussions, and advancing children’s language through extended conversations. Additionally, participants will learn to create opportunities for rich discourse and build children’s background knowledge. Workshops assignments will invite participants to apply relevant content and plan meaningful, language-rich curricular activities.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Understand oral language development of young children, ages 3 through age 5
      • Develop an understanding of the connection between language and literacy development
      • Learn strategies for facilitating conversations that support language development such as eliciting personal narratives
      • Learn about ways to support vocabulary development through book reading
      • Learn how to facilitate interactive activities that support children’s phonological awareness
      • Plan for integrated and meaningful curriculum that supports children’s language and literacy development
      Early Childhood: Learning with iPads

      This course assists teachers in differentiating iPads to meet the needs of all of their students. Early childhood is a time of change and as students develop on various time tables people have found ways to use technology to support their growth and mediate challenges that might be a barrier to a child experiencing an exciting learning opportunity. iPads have built-in features that allow teachers to provide instructional experiences for students with a myriad of challenges. As they participate in the course teachers will explore accessibility features and apps that assist in building on strengths and mediating challenges.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Explore and get hands-on experience with the accessibility features of iPad running OS7.
      • Create a plan for using these features with students you currently teach.
      • Select apps that will assist students in meeting their challenges and/or growing their strengths.
      Effective Instruction for Virtual School Students

      This course prepares teachers to facilitate virtual school courses for K-12 students. The teacher/facilitator plays a critical role in assisting students to achieve academic goals and expectations. This 7-week online course allows the virtual school teacher to have valuable, hands-on experience as a learner in the online environment as well as develop skills specific for facilitating an online course. The course sessions include an introduction to the virtual course environment, an overview to the diverse learning needs of the online student, and specific training in the skills and techniques needed to effectively support students participating in online courses.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Develop strategies and techniques for building an online learning community
      • Understand appropriate netiquette used for communications online
      • Understand confidentiality issues unique to online courses
      • Build an awareness of effective communication techniques used in sharing information with both students and parents
      • Learn strategies for communicating effectively with students online
      • Examine ways to effectively communicate with parents
      • Develop strategies and activities for use on the discussion board
      • Learn how to write higher order thinking questions to engage students in synthesis, problem solving, and evaluation of concepts on the discussion board
      • Explore the scope of tools available for differentiating instruction in the virtual classroom
      • Understand how to use group activities effectively in the virtual classroom while using higher order thinking skills
      • Identify various methods for assessing students in the online environment
      • Identify which methods would be formative and which would be summative
      Engaging Students with Rigorous Literacy Strategies (pilot)

      This course is a pilot course in summer 2014, available only to participants from Columbia, MO Public Schools. Persons interested in enrolling in this pilot course should contact their district PD coordinator.

      This course takes the Common Core English Language Arts Standards and brings them to life in the elementary classroom. Teachers explore the strategies needed to engage students in deep analysis of both fiction and non-fiction texts preparing them for the rigors of secondary school content reading and research.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Explore the implications of the Common Core for teaching practices.
      • Know, understand and use strategies that support the rigor required by the Common Core.
      • Learn new strategies to engage students with texts and translate those strategies into classroom use.
      • Enhance balanced literacy strategies with close reading strategies.

      Geometric Measurement

      In this workshop, participants will become familiar with relevant research in teaching geometric measure and learn how to analyze student work to inform their instruction. They will complete classroom tasks designed to help them learn approaches to teaching geometric measurement to help students develop stronger conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge, especially in linear measurement, area, surface area and perimeter. They will also explore relationships between perimeter and area and between area and surface area. In addition, they will become familiar with virtual manipulatives designed to promote both conceptual and procedural knowledge around geometric measurement. For the final project, participants will complete a lesson plan, based on their analysis of student work on geometric measurement tasks, for use in their own classrooms.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Become familiar with relevant research in teaching geometric measurement in the middle grades
      • Learn how to analyze student work to inform instruction
      • Learn approaches to teaching geometric measurement that emphasize both conceptual and procedural knowledge, particularly in linear measurement, area, surface area, and perimeter
      • Explore the relationships between perimeter and area and between area and surface area
      • Explore visualization, spatial reasoning and geometric modeling as vehicles to build mathematical skills
      • Become familiar with virtual manipulatives and hands on activities designed to promote both conceptual and procedural knowledge around geometric measurement
      • Develop an effective, research-based lesson plan that can be used in their classrooms to respond to students’ ideas as students complete math tasks.
      Getting Started in the School Library Profession

      Through this course, the new Library Media Specialist will explore the many, varied facets of school librarianship. Participants will learn about the role he or she should play in information literacy, technology support, and the everyday administration of the school library media center. Participants will also learn about the various opportunities for support that exist throughout the state.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Become knowledgeable about the foundations of librarianship
      • Understand the basic roles and responsibilities of a school library media specialist
      • Become familiar with the basics for administering the library media program
      • Become knowledgeable about the current trends in education as they relate to library services in schools
      Going Mobile: Capturing the Power of Smart Phones, Tablets, Apps and More (updated)

      Mobile Learning is here! There’s no denying that mobile technology is becoming essential to student lives, inside and outside the classroom.  With more and more schools integrating mobile devices in the classroom, how do we, as educators, get the most out of that technology? Most students know how to use the devices -- but do they know how to learn with these devices?  

      This newly updated course will go beyond the basics of mobile learning and show you examples of how to incorporate mobile devices into your classroom and curriculum in ways that are conducive to student learning. We go past the “what” and get into the “how.”  How can I enhance my classroom with mobile devices?

      This course will enable participants to

      • Develop a plan for integrating mobile learning into your classroom.
      • Investigate technology enhanced lessons using Grappling’s Technology and Learning Spectrum.
      • Evaluate current and future lesson plans and determine how they can be enhanced with mobile devices.
      Going Mobile: Early Childhood

      This version of the Going Mobile course has been modified specifically for teachers of primary and pre-K students. You will explore the possibilities available when using mobile devices with this age group. Mobile Learning is a course designed to introduce you to the concept of mobile learning. You will learn the what, why, where, when and how of implementing mobile learning in a classroom. The advantages of using tablets in the education setting will be discussed along with web tools and apps.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Define mobile learning
      • Understand how mobile learning can enhance the learning process in the classroom
      • Formulate an opinion of the value of a BYOD/BYOT initiative
      • Discover strategies to successfully use cell phones in the early childhood classroom
      • Develop an understanding of how tablets can be implemented in the early childhood classroom
      • Learn about the potential of podcasts for preschoolers
      • Discover online projects you can use with your students
      Going Visual: Using and Creating Infographics for Learning
      Infographics are charts or diagrams which condense complex information or data into a form that is simpler, clearer and more easily understood by the reader. Today’s technologies have made infographics more popular than ever, but they have been used for centuries to communicate complex information, making them effective tools for teaching and learning. Current forms of infographics make content more engaging and accessible, help prevent information overload, make it easier for learners to see patterns and trends, and enable faster information processing than purely text-based forms of communication. Online tools have made infographics creation easier for both teachers and students. In this course, you will learn about types and sources of existing infographics, how to use infographics in your teaching for content delivery, assessment and communication, how to design and build your own infographics, and how to follow best practices for infographic creation and information communication. You will also create a plan for implementing the use of infographics in your teaching.
      Google Tools for Schools

      It is important for teachers to use free tools on the Internet to enhance the way they teach to meet the needs of 21st century learners. This course focuses on the implementation of Google Tools to support learning and teaching in the classroom. Many of the Google Tools will be useful in the implementation of 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving. Teachers who have access to technology with their students will benefit from learning about how Google Tools can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

      During the six weeks of this course, you will learn about a selection of Google Tools as you blog, edit photos, create websites, and use Google Earth. You will concentrate on the use of a different tool during each week of the course. Each tool will be investigated for what it does and how it works. You will share ideas for classroom use and how these tools might be embedded into lessons. You will also examine how the tools will support learning and enhance teaching practices. The culminating project for the course will be to design a lesson that incorporates the use of two of these tools.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Hone search skills and learn about specialized search engines
      • Create a mini portfolio using Google Blogger
      • Use Google Drive to enhance student communication and collaboration
      • Create a blog to use with students using Blogger and discover blogs that can be utilized for professional growth
      • Use Google Earth to extend learning beyond the classroom walls by taking virtual field trips to destinations worldwide and discovering classroom applications
      • Learn about web 2.0 tools that integrate with Google Apps
      • Expand their PLN through Google+ and Google Hangouts
      Heart of Science Instruction

      Participants of this course will be introduced to create lessons that are interesting, push students to higher-level thinking and promote the tenets of good science instruction. They will apply strategies for analyzing student misconceptions, and tapping prior knowledge using analogies. They will examine designed-based instruction, project-based learning, and inquiry-based learning, with the focus of taking a student-centered approach to their lesson development.

      Participants should leave the course with an original project-based unit well under way. Course materials will be permanently available for participant use in their own classrooms. Middle school science and high school biology, as well as PE and health teachers, will really enjoy this course; however, any science teacher from upper elementary to high school can apply the strategies to their instruction by substituting a science topic of their choice for the circulatory system as they progress through the course.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Identify student misconceptions for a science topic and discuss how these might be assessed.
      • Explore uses of analogies in science instruction.
      • Create a design task for classroom use.
      • Design components of an effective project-based science lesson including the scenario, curriculum-framing questions, assessment map, and plan for student-centered instruction.
      • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of student-centered learning and lecture for learning science content
      Integrating Literacy and the Life Sciences

      Participants in this course will learn about the structures and behaviors of organisms that enable them to live successfully in their environments and how this scientific content can be enhanced through literacy integration. A focus of the workshop is to help participants learn to integrate literacy and science by using literacy strategies such as science notebooks/journals, concept maps, and literature to enhance their lessons. A notebook strand in several sessions provides more information and ideas about teaching with science notebooks. In addition, participants will hone their content knowledge about the basic needs of living things, habitats, interactive relationships, food webs and adaptations. As part of the work in this course, participants will learn to keep their own science notebook and complete a Final Project, which includes a reflection on the investigations in the notebook.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Learn about national, state, and local standards associated with teaching about living organisms and habitats
      • Learn science content needed to teach students about living organisms and habitats
      • Engage in the “doing” of science through keeping a science notebook and observing a local habitat
      • Incorporate reading and writing tasks in the science classroom in order to improve student achievement
      • Gain strategies and tools for incorporating literacy activities in the teaching of science content
      • Build their own library of resources, including readings, videos and websites to enhance their teaching about living organisms and habitats
      • Learn to use hands-on science and literacy activities in their teaching about living organisms and habitats
      More Google Tools for Schools
      Expanding on the focus of Google Tools for Schools, More Google Tools aids teachers in developing their technology skills while using free online tools to enhance their instruction and meet the needs of 21st century learners. This course focuses on the implementation of Google Sites with support from corresponding apps, widgets, and Chrome extensions to support learning and teaching in the classroom. During the six weeks of this course, participants will learn about a selection of Google Tools as they develop their own website. Each week they will integrate additional tools to help build a robust online environment. Each tool will be investigated for what it does and how it works. Participants will discuss their ideas for the use of websites and the various supporting tools in their classroom and explore how each additional tool integrates into the site to support collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving. The culminating project for the course will be a website leveraging the participants choice of Google Tools to support its instructional purpose.
      Project-Based Approaches (Intel)

      Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project- Based Learning (PBL). Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practice as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning who discusses strategies with a mentor teacher. They also consider the ways that technology supports project-based approaches. Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, technology and students for successful 21st century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students’ 21st century skills throughout an open-ended project. The course offers opportunities to apply the PBL concepts with action planning exercises.

      This online workshop will enable participants to

      • Identify the benefits offered by a project-based approach compared to conventional classroom teaching
      • Explore the characteristics of successful projects
      • Follow the steps for project design while maintaining a focus on learning goals
      • Plan for assessment of content knowledge and process skills within the context of project-based learning
      • Plan student-centered learning activities and appropriate supports for the project
      • Guide student learning during a project through appropriate use of questioning, collaboration, information literacy and reflection
      Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Elementary Classroom

      Research on reading comprehension has demonstrated that readers differ in how they approach reading and the meaning they construct from text. Researchers have found that good readers use specific strategies to comprehend text, and those instructional programs that explicitly teach these strategies have been successful in improving students’ comprehension. In this course, participants will examine teaching practices that help students in grades three through five develop concrete strategies for constructing meaning from both narrative and expository text. The goal for strategy instruction is to prepare students to become active and purposeful readers who think about their text before, during and after reading. Participants will also explore instructional procedures that help students learn how to coordinate key comprehension strategies.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Identify comprehension strategies that are important to teach
      • Explore how to explicitly teach comprehension strategies and guide students’ practice in applying them
      • Help students build story schema (background knowledge about stories) by showing how narrative text has recurring elements (story grammar): characters, settings, conflicts, major events, resolutions, and themes
      • Help students draw on their story schema to make predictions about events, and consequences
      • Help students distinguish common text structures in informational text in order to better understand and recall the main ideas of the text
      • Help students understand how analyzing question-answer relationships (QAR) can be a useful strategy for approaching comprehension questions
      Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Middle School Classroom

      This course will help middle school teachers learn about comprehension strategies that students need to apply in order to comprehend a variety of text types. Participants will explore the challenges students commonly experience with different types of text, strategies employed by successful readers, and instructional approaches to support students in developing reading comprehension strategies. Throughout the course, participants will gather ideas about designing a lesson plan that focuses on developing students’ use of comprehension strategies. Participants will leave this course with many new strategies and resources for fostering the reading comprehension of their students.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Deepen their understanding of the middle school students’ reading development and effective literacy instruction in grades 6-8
      • Deepen their understanding of strategies students use to comprehend text
      • Identify students’ use of specific comprehension strategies
      • Identify effective methods for teaching students comprehension strategies
      • Deepen their understanding of the demands of diverse genres
      • Develop lesson plans for teaching strategies for strategies-based instruction and for comprehending expository text
      • Deepen their understanding of the demands of online text
      • Analyze the ways in which technology can be used to foster students’ reading comprehension
      Proportional Reasoning

      In this course, participants will learn about different components and levels of proportional reasoning. They will complete classroom tasks that illustrate ways to develop stronger conceptual understanding and target different components of proportional reasoning. They will use video and written examples of student work. They will also conduct a student interview in order to reflect on students’ approaches to proportions problems and to identify evidence of proportional reasoning at various levels. For the final project, participants will create a lesson that targets a component of proportional reasoning and that incorporates questioning techniques learned in the course. They will provide a rationale for the lesson that relates to the material learned in the course and reflect on their own learning.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Understand and identify different components and levels of proportional reasoning
      • Broaden their repertoire of classroom tasks to use to develop students’ conceptual understanding of proportionality
      • Develop skills and tools for analyzing students’ thinking about proportionality
      • Apply those skills and tools to a lesson on proportional reasoning that is appropriate for middle school students
      • As a final product, participants will create a lesson plan related to proportional reasoning promoting both conceptual and procedural understanding that can be used in the classroom.
      Rethinking Lesson Planning Using Backward Design

      Enriching and improving the daily classroom curriculum may be accomplished by rethinking how instruction is developed. The use of Backward Design allows teachers to begin with the “end in mind.” By examining the desired results first (goals), then determining acceptable evidence (informal and formal assessment), and finally planning appropriate learning experiences and instruction to meet those goals, teachers can effectively plan and deliver instruction. In this online course teachers will use the Backward Design process to plan an instructional unit, and then share it on the SuccessLink website. SuccessLink’s Great Teaching Ideas Program offers teachers the opportunity to share their developed units with other educators. The SuccessLink database contains units written by Missouri teachers for Missouri teachers.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Reflect on perspectives about backward design
      • Consider a rationale for using backward design
      • Use deconstructed GLEs/standards
      • Identify and create essential questions
      • Create a unit using backward design
      Special Students in Regular Classrooms: Technology, Teaching and Universal Design

      This workshop, co-developed by EDC and CAST (Center for Applied Special Technologies), provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and strategies for implementing a UDL approach in instructional settings. Universal Design for Learning is an approach to teaching and learning and the development of curriculum and assessment that draws on current brain research and new media technologies to respond to individual differences. UDL curricula, teaching practices, and policies are inherently flexible and therefore may reduce the demand on educators to develop and implement modifications and accommodations to meet individual differences within general education learning environments. The basic premise of UDL is that a curriculum should include alternatives to make it accessible and applicable to students, teachers, and parents with different backgrounds, learning styles, abilities, and disabilities in widely varied learning contexts.

      This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with UDL principles, and provide practical, hands-on experience using software tools and digital media for learning support. Participants will explore how these tools can be incorporated into their classroom practice, and begin preliminary steps to design a curriculum unit that utilizes these tools.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Learn approaches to teaching functions using visual models
      • Become familiar with strategies to help students develop a strong conceptual understanding of function
      • Become familiar with tasks that allow middle school students to explore situations of both linear and non-linear functions
      • Create classroom tasks that allow students to make connections between multiple representations of functions (patterns, tables, graphs and equations)
      • Develop strategies for generalizing a pattern or situation
      • Explore the use of technology in supporting student learning about functions
      Teaching Electricity and Circuits Through Inquiry

      In this course, participants will gain a better understanding of electricity and circuits, including conducting and insulating materials, open and closed circuits, and series and parallel circuits. Participants will learn numerous inquiry-based teaching strategies throughout the course. They will consider inquiry-based methods to introduce the content to students, and they will enhance their questioning techniques to help students make predictions about the content. Participants will also learn strategies for managing inquiry-based lessons in the classroom and tools for assessing students’ understanding of the content. Through completion of a final project, participants will demonstrate much of what they learned about the content and teaching methods described above.

      • Gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to create an engaging classroom that encourages students to learn the fundamentals of electricity through inquiry
      • Develop a greater understanding of inquiry-based teaching strategies and how they differ from standard hands-on activities
      • Learn classroom management and safety strategies associated with teaching electricity to elementary students
      • Become acquainted with assessment strategies and tools for evaluating students’ gains in inquiry-based lessons
      Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom

      All students have the capacity to be good writers and writers learn to write by writing. These are basic tenets of this course during which participants will learn instructional strategies to teach students in the upper elementary grades how to write narrative and informational text. Participants will explore how to teach their students about the traits of good writing through mini-lessons and writing conferences and how to use established criteria to evaluate writing. They will recognize that writing is a process and consider how to organize instruction to guide students through the stages. Participants will go through the instructional cycle from writing prompt to revision as they create their final projects.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Teach students about the traits of good writing
      • Use consistent criteria to evaluate student’s writing and provide feedback
      • Learn teaching strategies to help students write narrative and informational text
      • Understand stages of the writing process and organize instruction to guide students through the stages
      • Confer with students and guide the revision of their writing
      • Write prompts relevant to their students for narrative or informational writing
      • As a final project, participants will plan a mini-lesson for pre-writing and a student conference around revision. They will use Six +1 Traits® of good writing for instruction and criteria for evaluation.
      Teaching Writing in the Middle School Classroom

      In today’s middle school writing classroom, the pressures to achieve state and national standards are overwhelming for students and teachers alike. Many classrooms focus so completely on writing the perfect essay that the fun of writing wanes. In this workshop, participants will examine two common essay types—informative and persuasive—as they are approached in several non-traditional ways. To complement these alternative ways of teaching these two essay types, this workshop will also re-examine the writing process, writing motivation for teachers and students, and formative evaluation methods for writing progress. The end result of this work is a final lesson plan for an informative or persuasive essay that utilizes a creative approach in its instruction. It is the overall goal of this workshop to rekindle motivation and creativity in middle school writing instruction to help teachers and students have some fun on their journey toward the perfect essay.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Understand the classroom implications of several NCTE standards pertinent for middle school writing
      • Explore new ways to motivate students and teachers to write
      • Familiarize themselves with two common middle school essay styles–informative and persuasive–and learn new ways of teaching them
      • Revisit the writing workshop, including pre-, during-, and post-writing, through the lens of motivational strategies
      • Use technology writing resources when appropriate
      • Discover evaluation techniques that will promote writing as a continual process
      • As a final product, participants will create an innovative lesson plan that incorporates the writing and motivational strategies learned in this workshop to help students write an informative or persuasive essay.
      The Power of Blogs

      Does the thought of writing, and having others read your words, make your stomach do a quick turn? Do you think you have nothing to say that others would want to read? Do you believe that your day-to-day classroom experiences are boring? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this course is for you.

      Join us as we take the fear out of sharing your voice through blogging. During this course educators will locate and read blogs based on their interests and use an RSS reader to keep all feeds organized. Course participants will work together to discover what makes a blog appealing and evaluate blogs using a critical eye. Participants will create their own blog and share their thoughts, ideas and reflections on what it means to be an educator in the 21st Century.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Set up and use RSS feeds for professional and personal growth
      • Identify and understand the elements of what makes a blog successful
      • Create and maintain a professional blog

      Participants will create accounts for Feedly and Blogger, and will need access to Google Docs.

      The Right Blend: Blended and Hybrid Learning for the K-12 Classroom

      This course prepares educators to teach in blended classroom environments. Participants will learn effective strategies for managing and teaching students in blended environments and explore the ways blended learning can effectively support standards-based teaching and learning in all subject areas. Participants will learn techniques to foster student collaboration in an online learning community through online discussion and group projects and to assess student work. In addition, participants will learn to meet the learning needs of all students by selecting and using a variety of teaching strategies that aid in personalizing learning for students.

      During this course, participants will learn about and use tools to teach critical thinking skills and explore student academic integrity issues and the safe and legal use of online resources. Additionally, teachers will learn about and practice using instructor tools in a course management system. Course content includes online readings, web-based and multimedia activities, and facilitated online discussions.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Identify the characteristics of blended learning environments
      • Establish clear expectations for student behavior in a blended course
      • Develop a plan for communicating clearly and effectively with students
      • Design coherent instruction by creating group projects that promote problem-solving and collaboration in a blended environment
      • Demonstrate knowledge of resources for teaching and for student use
      • Facilitate online discussions and utilize effective questioning techniques to clarify and extend students’ thinking
      • Promote student engagement in a blended course
      • Use teaching strategies to address the different ways students learn in a blended environment
      • Select, design and use online assessment strategies congruent with established learning goals
      The Role of Questions in an Early Childhood Classroom
      Young children want to know “why” the world works like it does. Whether they are asking, “Why is the sky is blue” or “How come water gets bubbly when it gets hot on the stove?” their natural curiosity makes them ask questions.....LOTS of them! This course is designed to help early childhood teachers take advantage of these curiosities and use them to help students become life-long learners. During this course participants will understand how their classroom environment can have a direct impact on the role questions play within their classrooms. Teachers will investigate a variety of types of questions and establish a system for encouraging and identifying questions within their four walls. Finally, teachers will create a lesson that includes a variety of questions which supports thinking for young learners.
      Thinking Critically with Data (Intel)

      Today’s students live in an information-rich world. What practical skills and strategies do they need to think critically about the data that surrounds them? This course will help teachers understand how to design student projects and assessments that address critical thinking skills when collecting and analyzing data. Participants will also explore the ways that technology can support students’ collection, organization, and presentation of data. Finally practical tips will be shared for implementing projects that ask students to think critically with data.

      This online workshop will enable participants to

      • Understand the importance of thinking critically about information
      • Design effective projects to promote critical thinking
      • Learn skills to think critically about data
      • Explore tools for data analysis and presentation
      • Learn strategies for managing projects with data
      Using Models to Understand Fractions

      This course provides an opportunity for teachers of grades 3 through 5 to explore how mathematical models can be used to promote a deep understanding of fractions and fractional relationships. All too often, students are taught mechanical ways to make sense out of fractions, whether in the form of an addition algorithm or a procedure that produces equivalent fractions. This course offers alternative ideas for fraction instruction and is premised on the belief that students can come to understand fractions in a number of different ways. Completion of a student interview and a final project are integral parts of this course. A variety of readings, applets, and videos form the content of this course, and participants are expected to share ideas with their online colleagues in the discussion forums.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Develop a broader understanding of what fractions are and the mathematics underlying the algorithms
      • Identify ways that mathematical models can be incorporated into classroom instruction, for the purpose of increasing student understanding about fractional relationships and fraction operations
      • Deepen understanding of student difficulties with fractions through examining student work and conducting a student interview
      • Explore specific mathematical models, specifically linear and area models, which can be applied to their teaching practice to foster better understanding of fractions
      • Engage in a “learning-by-doing” methodology, which is applicable to students at all ages
      • As a final course project, participants will design a lesson that teaches students about a fractional concept or operation that uses either an area model or linear measurement model and that targets at least one student misconception about fractions.
      Using Observable Phenomena to Make Sense of the Earth, Moon and Sun

      In this course, participants will use scientific inquiry to foster exploration about the movements of the earth, moon and sun. State and national science standards call for teaching elementary students about day/night cycles, seasons and the phases of the moon; this workshop helps teachers learn strategies to make them accessible for young students. Participants will construct their own knowledge (through the use of shadow trackers and moon journals) as they learn to integrate inquiry into classroom instruction. Specific content knowledge is integrated into this course. Participants also will learn how to facilitate inquiry-based learning. Content-rich articles, video clips and online resources form the background of the course; discussion boards will promote participant interaction, communication and learning.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Learn what scientific inquiry is, how it is different from pure exploration, and why it is important to build an inquiry-based science classroom
      • Explore strategies to develop an inquiry-based approach to explore any observable phenomena and to incorporate its use in their teaching
      • Consider how young students make sense of the world around them and how the inquiry process can help develop new scientific understandings
      • Use shadow data to understand changes in the apparent path of the sun and learn how changes in shadows throughout the day can reveal information about the location and path of the sun
      • Understand how the rotation of the Earth on its axis affects shadows
      • Learn to create moon journals, to use journal entries to identify patterns in the moon’s shape, appearance, and position, and to use science journals in their classrooms
      • Understand and make predictions about Earth, moon and sun phenomena, including movement and shapes of shadows, rotation and tilt of Earth and moon on their axes, apparent path of the sun, reasons for eclipses and seasons
      • Use physical models to explore the moon’s revolution around the Earth and the moon’s rotation on its axis
      • Gain strategies for using assessment in inquiry-based classrooms
      • Use data and models to explore the reasons for seasons, specifically as it relates to the tilt of the Earth’s axis relative to its orbital plane
      Blogging, RSS and Personal Learning Networks for Educators

      This course will allow educators to see how interactive, even transformative writing can be when one participates in the blogosphere. Educators will read current discussions going on in the blogosphere through the use of an RSS reader. In addition to reading other blogs, participants will learn how to comment and hyperlink to the best of this writing, and publish their own blog so as to fully participate in their personal learning network (PLN). Participants will learn how to grow and nurture their PLN’s through blogging and RSS. Participants will need to have access to blogging sites, Twitter or Edmodo, and an RSS reader, preferably Feedly.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Create and maintain a professional and/or classroom blog
      • Participate in a Personal Learning Network (PLN) through microblogging, social-networking, and blogging
      • Set up and utilize RSS feeds for professional development and in order to participate in an online community of educators
      • Select appropriate technology to foster professional learning
      Personal Finance - needs revision
      Needs update (August 2013)

      This 7-week Personal Finance Course was developed for Missouri teachers of the required high school personal finance course. There are a plethora of teaching resources available and crafting the right plan for your classroom can be a challenge. This course will provide opportunities to explore online resources, develop and critique personal finance lessons using the backward design model, and network with personal finance teachers across the state.

      This online course will enable participants to

      • Understand and implement the four units from the Missouri Personal Finance curriculum; Income, Money Management, Spending and Credit, and Saving and Investing
      • Locate and use the most current and effective resources pertaining to the personal finance curriculum
      • Design a semester plan for teaching Personal Finance
      • Review, critique, and tailor existing personal finance lessons for use in their own classroom
      Student Film-making (formerly digital storytelling) - needs revision
      Needs update (August 2013)

      Info needed

      [Draft] This online course will enable participants to

      • Understand how student film-making may be used as a teaching tool and learning product
      • Learn how to teach students to plan a film using scripting and storyboarding techniques
      • Recognize and apply copyright regulations when using images and video resources
      • Locate, select and obtain digital images and /or video clips for use in student films
      • Recognize and learn technical skills needed in student film-making
      • Develop strategies for evaluating student films
      Computational Thinking and Simulations in the Classroom

      This course combines technology and content using game design to teach computational/critical thinking and problem solving literacy. Participants will begin simulation design and learn how to teach it using AgentCubes Online provided by AgentSheets Inc. Teachers will develop experience, confidence, and resources for teaching students to design games and simulations.

      Through this course, you will experience simulation design which will progress students ability to think critically and computationally and develop problem solving. Upon successful completion of this course you will learn how simulation creation can help in differentiating and expanding learning for students, as well as have a lesson and examples for classroom implementation.

      NOTE: Up to 50 seats and included software are available for this course at no cost to participants, thanks to a Google Grant.

      Digital Age Learning with iPads
      Designed for teachers who are in the beginning stages of integrating iPads into their practice, this course will introduce ways to effectively use iPads to inspire enhanced student learning and creativity, promote collaboration and communication, and foster critical thinking and problem-solving. This course will also target practical aspects of implementation such as managing the iPad classroom, adapting current classroom routines, fostering digital citizenship, and finding and evaluating apps. We will also examine use of the iPad for formative and summative assessment of student learning. By the end of the course, participants will have tangible methods for managing the iPad classroom, promoting digital citizenship and safety, communicating with parents, and using the iPad to enhance collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and assessment of learning.
      Digital Citizenship
      Dealing with cyberbullying, privacy, safety, and other digital dilemmas is a real challenge for today’s schools. But technology also provides incredible opportunities for students to learn, connect, create, and collaborate in ways never before experienced. In this course teachers will look at issues such as digital footprints, evaluating websites, teaching students to avoid copyright issues, the Open Ed movement, and automated personalization. Exploring resources and considering how they will introduce various topics will leave teachers with new understandings and definite plans for moving forward.
      Effective K12 Online Instruction

      This course prepares teachers to facilitate virtual school courses for K-12 students. The teacher/facilitator plays a critical role in assisting students to achieve academic goals and expectations. This 7-week online course allows the virtual school teacher to have valuable, hands-on experience as a learner in the online environment as well as develop skills specific for facilitating an online course. The course sessions include an introduction to the virtual course environment, an overview to the diverse learning needs of the online student, and specific training in the skills and techniques needed to effectively support students participating in online courses.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Develop strategies and techniques for building an online learning community
      • Understand appropriate netiquette used for communications online
      • Understand confidentiality issues unique to online courses
      • Build an awareness of effective communication techniques used in sharing information with both students and parents
      • Learn strategies for communicating effectively with students online
      • Examine ways to effectively communicate with parents
      • Develop strategies and activities for use on the discussion board
      • Learn how to write higher order thinking questions to engage students in synthesis, problem solving, and evaluation of concepts on the discussion board
      • Explore the scope of tools available for differentiating instruction in the virtual classroom
      • Understand how to use group activities effectively in the virtual classroom while using higher order thinking skills
      • Identify various methods for assessing students in the online environment
      • Identify which methods would be formative and which would be summative
      ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom
      English Language Learners (ELLs) aren’t just in a language classroom—they’re in your science or math or social studies class. This course will help you with the seemingly daunting task of helping your ELLs succeed in both content and English learning. You will learn how to identify and assess your ELLs, create language objectives to complement your content objectives, track their progress to ensure comprehension, identify how to effectively help students learn academic language, discover tech tools to assist ELLs, and develop a sample lesson plan that can immediately be implemented in your classroom. Remember: Every teacher is a language teacher.
      Empowering Learners with PBL
      Ensuring students are #FutureReady means more than just utilizing technology within the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Today’s students need to be able to think critically while collaborating with peers to solve ill-structured real-world problems. PBL is an instructional approach that provides students the chance to develop unique solutions to authentic problems and promotes meaningful learning of domain knowledge during the project. In this course, teachers will learn about the essential elements of PBL, how to design student-centered PBL experiences, and how to use technology to enhance PBL. Designed for K-12 teachers in any discipline area, this course will also provide teachers the chance to connect PBL to content-area standards, to begin developing a meaningful PBL experience for their students and to foster a classroom culture that empowers students to take risks and to take an active role in learning.
      Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the K12 Classroom with Design Thinking
      No longer should students be following a one-solution-fits-all-problems approach. Instead, our rapidly changing world requires students to learn innovative thinking and to design their own unique solutions to authentic problems. The Design Thinking model allows teachers a structured way to support students in approaching real-world problems, to foster creative confidence, and to encourage ideation, while improving their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills. Design Thinking is a powerful approach to active problem solving applicable to any subject area. Designed for K-12 teachers at any grade-level, this course will provide opportunities for educators to learn about Design Thinking and build an understanding of how to implement a Design Thinking model with their students. By the end of the course, teachers will be able to support their students in using the Design Thinking process to identify problems, research, analyze, prototype, and test their ideas to create solutions to relevant issues.
      Introduction to Computational Thinking
      With the rise of popularity in coding for both youth and adult audiences, more time and effort is being directed to help students in K-12 classrooms develop and hone their computational thinking abilities. Jeannette Wing (2014) defines computational thinking as “Shorthand for ‘thinking like a computer scientist’ or the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer – human or machine – can effectively carry out.” In this course, participants will explore computational thinking, its components, and how these skills can be developed in classrooms both with and without the use of technology.
      Online Tools for Digital Age Learning
      This exciting course will provide teachers with experience using online tools for collaboration, visual thinking, multimedia production, productivity and assessment at the higher levels of SAMR. Teachers will explore multiple tools in each category and be guided through a process for determining which tool best integrates technology into the learning environment in a powerful way.
      Recognizing Students with Dyslexia and Other Related Disorders
      In this course teachers will learn the vocabulary and concepts that form the underpinnings of important reading skills. The foundational understandings will be stretched to include specific learning in phonics and syllabication that are essential building blocks for children to mastery reading in the first years of instruction. This course is vetted in the principals of the multi-sensory systematic instructional approach introduced by Orton-Gillingham and supported by the new neurobiological research now adding to our understanding of dyslexia. All of this background information will come together as teachers learn to screen students for dyslexia and how to analyze the results into interventional steps.

    • Fall 2017
    • Chromebooks in the Classroom - F17
      Chromebooks have made a huge splash within the education setting. Many districts are choosing to purchase more and more of these devices for classroom use. This course will help you understand the basics of Chromebooks and how they can benefit your classroom. You will explore the key tools you'll use through Google Drive, as well as navigating the plethora of add-ons that can really increase the power of Chromebooks. Additionally, you'll discuss how to manage all these new devices in your room, keeping learning at the center. In the end, you'll have a detailed handbook that you created that can be used to help roll out these new devices in your classroom.
      Digital Age Learning with iPads - F17
      Designed for teachers who are in the beginning stages of integrating iPads into their practice, this course will introduce ways to effectively use iPads to inspire enhanced student learning and creativity, promote collaboration and communication, and foster critical thinking and problem-solving. This course will also target practical aspects of implementation such as managing the iPad classroom, adapting current classroom routines, fostering digital citizenship, and finding and evaluating apps. We will also examine use of the iPad for formative and summative assessment of student learning. By the end of the course, participants will have tangible methods for managing the iPad classroom, promoting digital citizenship and safety, communicating with parents, and using the iPad to enhance collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity and assessment of learning.
      Digital Citizenship - F17
      Dealing with cyberbullying, privacy, safety, and other digital dilemmas is a real challenge for today’s schools. But technology also provides incredible opportunities for students to learn, connect, create, and collaborate in ways never before experienced. In this course teachers will look at issues such as digital footprints, evaluating websites, teaching students to avoid copyright issues, the Open Ed movement, and automated personalization. Exploring resources and considering how they will introduce various topics will leave teachers with new understandings and definite plans for moving forward.
      Effective K12 Online Instruction - F17

      This course prepares teachers to facilitate virtual school courses for K-12 students. The teacher/facilitator plays a critical role in assisting students to achieve academic goals and expectations. This 7-week online course allows the virtual school teacher to have valuable, hands-on experience as a learner in the online environment as well as develop skills specific for facilitating an online course. The course sessions include an introduction to the virtual course environment, an overview to the diverse learning needs of the online student, and specific training in the skills and techniques needed to effectively support students participating in online courses.

      This course will enable participants to

      • Develop strategies and techniques for building an online learning community
      • Understand appropriate netiquette used for communications online
      • Understand confidentiality issues unique to online courses
      • Build an awareness of effective communication techniques used in sharing information with both students and parents
      • Learn strategies for communicating effectively with students online
      • Examine ways to effectively communicate with parents
      • Develop strategies and activities for use on the discussion board
      • Learn how to write higher order thinking questions to engage students in synthesis, problem solving, and evaluation of concepts on the discussion board
      • Explore the scope of tools available for differentiating instruction in the virtual classroom
      • Understand how to use group activities effectively in the virtual classroom while using higher order thinking skills
      • Identify various methods for assessing students in the online environment
      • Identify which methods would be formative and which would be summative
      Empowering Learners with PBL - F17
      Ensuring students are #FutureReady means more than just utilizing technology within the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Today’s students need to be able to think critically while collaborating with peers to solve ill-structured real-world problems. PBL is an instructional approach that provides students the chance to develop unique solutions to authentic problems and promotes meaningful learning of domain knowledge during the project. In this course, teachers will learn about the essential elements of PBL, how to design student-centered PBL experiences, and how to use technology to enhance PBL. Designed for K-12 teachers in any discipline area, this course will also provide teachers the chance to connect PBL to content-area standards, to begin developing a meaningful PBL experience for their students and to foster a classroom culture that empowers students to take risks and to take an active role in learning.
      Innovative Teacher Leaders in the Digital Age - F17

      This course will guide teachers in becoming a digital leader in their school and in the educational community at large. Teachers are today’s experts in the use of technology to allow instruction to take students far beyond anything they were once able to do in the classroom. Today’s leaders have a professional presence online and interact globally, staying up to date on the latest trends and promoting their own personal skills and talents in today's fast-paced world of education.

      This online course will enable participants to:

      • learn about available ISTE resources and standards.
      • create a personal PLN that provides the support and information they are seeking.
      • explore theories of adult learning.
      • explore the many roles teachers may play in a school community.
      • learn ways to build trusting relationships with peers.
      • explore LinkedIn and professional organizations for educators.
      • explore resources for educational technology trends and how they may impact the students of today.
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