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This course is designed to explore the essential elements needed for the acquisition of knowledge and competencies to promote 21st century learning skills. Participants in this course will learn about the need for collaboration, communication, and critical and creative thinking. The effective use of technology and media literacy will be investigated. This course prepares teachers by engaging them in thoughtful dialogue and activities that promote 21st century ideas and understanding of students’ diverse, digital, and global learning needs.
This course is specifically designed to teach educators how to collaborate with parents and students using the iPad. Learn about tools/apps used to create lessons, books, videos, and more. Educators will learn how to enhance communication with students and parents using the iPad, and how to assess students. Educators will leave the course knowing a wide range of applications to maximize the learning environment.
This course will provide K–16 educators the opportunity to understand and use global collaborative web technologies to impact learning and teaching. Teachers will use these technologies to design and develop relevant learning experiences across curriculums. Online collaboration; creating and publishing text, images, audio and video to the Web; management of multiple streams of information; social networking; and the practical use of other Web 2.0/3.0 tools will be critiqued, analyzed, and evaluated for classroom uses. This course will allow for examination of the ethics, safety, and security involved with the use of these technologies.
Participants in the course will receive a comprehensive overview of how smartphones can be used to collaborate, create, and assess in the classroom. Teachers will examine current trends, beliefs, and applications of the smartphone and how to effectively manage these devices with students in their classroom. Completion of the course will provide you with a wealth of ideas and skills to create your dynamic classroom using your smartphone.
Using Google Apps for Education (G Suite) as an educator can save time, paper, and allow for a more collaborate classroom environment. Google Suite allows teachers to foster 21st Century Skills and create a dynamic multi-faceted learning environment. In this course, educators will learn the basic G Suite tools (Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides) to strengthen their knowledge of these resources, as well as, learn how to help their students use these new products. Lesson plan ideas and classroom strategies using G Suite will be examined. Classroom strategies to manage Chromebooks in the classroom will be outlined, but a Chromebook is not required to use G Suite applications.
Participants in the course will receive a comprehensive overview of how virtual field trips (VFT) can be used in their classroom, created in a variety of ways, and experienced no matter your school’s resources. An overview of VFT resources will be explored and examined. Participants will experience a variety of basic VFTs to more complex VFTs; these experiences will guide the teacher to help get a better understanding of how to plan a VFT for their own classroom. VFT resources for the iPad and Google chrome will be showcased and explained with numerous tutorials, as well as other online programs to help create classroom adventures. Participants will learn about and experience the game changing service Google Expeditions that was recently launched, as well as the low cost virtual reality helmet Google Cardboard. Resources for Google Expeditions and Cardboard will be explored and examined to help you implement these items into your classroom. Teachers will also learn how students can create their own virtual reality adventures.
Educators will learn how to use the iPad, iTunes, and various other applications for delivering any course content to their students.  Educators will become skilled on how the iPad can promote their content area, differentiate instruction, provide multiple representations, and motivate their own professional development.  Educators will gain understanding of Internet resources, iPad applications, the flipped classroom, eBooks, videos, and more to maximize the learning environment.
Educators will learn how to use the iPad, set guidelines for classroom use, explore work productivity/classroom management apps, apps related to specific teacher content areas and how to develop lesson plans using a single iPad or classroom set of iPad. Educators will become skilled on how the iPad can promote their content area, provide multiple representations, and assess their students to maximize the learning environment.
Participants in the course will receive a comprehensive overview of the Google Classroom and its capabilities to impact student learning.  Google Classroom allows teachers to foster 21st Century Skills and create a dynamic multi-faceted learning environment.  In this course, educators will learn how to effectively use the course stream, assign a variety of assignments within in Google Classroom, quick poll students, assess students in a wide range of ways, create blogs, learn additional Google Classroom add-on features, and how to bring parents into the Google Classroom.  Completion of the course will provide you with a wealth of ideas and skills to create your dynamic online classroom.
This course is designed to enable the K–16 educator to examine the impact of the Digital Age upon student learning.  It will interpret the implication of 21st century skills to enhance the teaching and learning experience. This course prepares educators seeking ways to expand their teaching expertise with particular emphasis on methods and strategies for uses of the major components of the Microsoft Office Suite®—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access—to evaluate, plan, and design Digital Age learning experiences to engage students as well as increase teacher productivity.
Technology can be used to empower students and create a 21st century learning environment where mathematics can be presented in exciting and engaging ways. This course is designed for mathematics educators and possibly district mathematics curriculum directors interested in integrating technology into mathematics instruction in order to maximize student achievement. Participants will examine software packages and tools, Web resources, and other instructional materials used to integrate technology into mathematics instruction. Participants will learn how to evaluate instructional technologies for use in the classroom to meet the needs of diverse learners and how to create truly meaningful learning experiences that enhance the development of mathematical concepts. Additionally, the management and assessment of online learning environments and the Flipped Class model will be discussed.
Educators will become skilled on how to use digital resources to collaborate, create, communicate, and assess students.  Participants will gain an understanding of internet resources to create an online classroom (using a web-based learning management system), flipped classroom and screen-casting, formative assessments, eBooks, videos, communication options for students and parents, and more to maximize the learning environment and reach students through different learning mediums.
Educators will learn how to use a Chromebook, Google Apps, and various other applications for delivering any course content to their students. Educators will become skilled on how Chromebooks can promote their content area, differentiate instruction, provide multiple representations, and motivate their own professional development. Educators will gain understanding of Internet resources, Google Chromebook applications, Google Play, Google Classroom, the flipped classroom, videos, and more to maximize the learning environment.
In this course, educators will learn how to effectively assign a variety of assignments within in Google Classroom, quick poll students, use the course stream, and Google Hangouts, assess students in a wide range of ways, create blogs, learn additional Google Classroom add-on features, and how to bring parents into the Google Classroom. Participants will become skilled on how to use Google digital resources to collaborate, create, communicate, and assess students using Google Chrome Applications. Completion of the course will provide a wealth of ideas and skills to create your dynamic online classroom.