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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
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
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 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:
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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