Professional Development Institute
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Do you wish you had an unlimited budget for field trips? This online course teaches you how to develop a virtual field trip anywhere in the world based on any content area. Teachers learn how to locate relevant resources and develop an effective virtual field trip. Internet search strategies will be emphasized along with practical approaches to incorporating standards into the development of the virtual field trip. Note: You must have access to PowerPoint software to design your virtual field trip.
Would you like to learn how to develop a content-based WebQuest? A WebQuest is an excellent way to integrate content curriculum with technology and the Internet. This online course focuses on how to develop a WebQuest based on any content area. Teachers begin with content standards and then develop the WebQuest based on a theme or topic that addresses the standards. Effective Internet search strategies will be emphasized in order to efficiently find appropriate WebQuest resources.
Are you interested in creative ways to integrate writing, technology, and content curriculum? Digital storytelling is an excellent way to engage students because it allows them to use their vast technology skills to tell a story. This online course takes you from start to finish for the entire digital storytelling process. Learn how to design digital storytelling projects for all content areas allowing you to incorporate writing throughout the curriculum. Strategies and ideas are shared for story content as well as technology that can be used to produce the stories. Appropriate ways to assess digital stories will also be shared.
Educational Technology 101 (K-12)
Do you want to improve your technology skills and keep up with your students? This online course introduces you to all the latest technology you have been hearing about. Learn the basics of the following educational technology topics as well as how to use all of them in your classroom: blogs, classroom websites, podcasts, wikis, digital storytelling, YouTube and TeacherTube, virtual field trips, WebQuests and even social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. If you have a computer in your classroom, you need this course!
Do you love your iPad and want ways to use it in your classroom? This online course will teach you how to transform your classroom using your iPad. A plethora of apps are introduced that align with curriculum standards. The apps outlined in the course can be used to teach English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, and the arts. Additionally, teachers learn about apps that can be used as classroom tools for instruction and assessment, as well as, those that can serve as platforms for the creation of multimedia components and projects.
Are you curious about the new flipped classroom model of teaching? This online course offer strategies to help you effectively implement flipped learning in your classroom. Based on the four pillars of the flipped learning model, teachers learn how to create a learner-centered classroom by moving instruction to the home. Teachers are provided with tips and strategies on how to create engaging instructional videos and develop interactive, collaborative, and hands-on classroom activities that foster self-directed learning skills. This course also offers specific information on how to flip each of the four main content areas, as well as, cooperative learning, grouping, and assessment strategies.
Do you want to learn about the many ways you can use Google products in your classroom? This online course helps teachers learn how to navigate through the general interface of Google products. The searching, organizational, communication, and collaboration components of Google products will be highlighted to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of how Google can enhance learning among and between students. Teachers learn to utilize the basic tools of many educationally-relevant Google products and, with the use of such products, become skilled in creating curriculum standards-based lessons that help students learn in an efficient, effective, and engaged manner.
Do you have a whiteboard in your classroom and want to know how to use it effectively to enhance your curriculum? This online course focuses on using premade templates and lessons, developing lessons, importing online resources, making the most of the assessment tools, and becoming familiar enough to utilize all the tools and resources available with your whiteboard. Multiple strategies, suggestions, samples, and descriptions are provided to allow proficiency in the basics of using an IWB in the classroom, to help with integrating its use with the existing technology, and to maximize its use for creating dynamic, interactive lessons.
Are you looking to find better ways to use the Internet in your classroom? Are you tired of conducting Internet searches and never quite finding what you really wanted? This online course teaches you (and your students) how to conduct effective and efficient online searches. Plus, teachers learn about creating search strategies and conducting digital research. Introductions to virtual field trips, interactive websites, WebQuests, and online scavenger hunts are also presented.
Do you want to learn how to create basic multimedia presentations to use in your classroom? In this online course, teachers learn how to take the proper steps toward designing an effective plan for assigning multimedia projects in the classroom. Learn how to properly plan for the multimedia project by determining standards and setting objectives. Strategies for organizing the project, creating cooperative groups, and effectively assessing student projects are discussed. Many multimedia platforms are detailed in addition to web-based tools and software for creating media elements.
Do you have Google Classroom and want to fully understand how to maximize its potential? In this course, teachers will learn how to use all the features of Google Classroom to enhance their teaching. Strategies for using the announcement, question, and assignment options to enhance the learning process will be emphasized. Strategies for differentiating instruction using the features of Google Classroom will be explored. Specific instructions for integrating Google Classroom with other Google products, as well as, educational extensions and apps will be shared. Additionally, instructions for using the Google Classroom mobile app will be provided.