Professional Development

Professional development courses can be constructed for a couple of hours, a full day, or a holiday PD camp. They can be delivered as Google Hangouts, webinars, or in person. Here are the most popular topics:

Tech-infused Teacherpd

Certificate class, college credit, or PD

The 21st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network.

At the completion of this course, the teacher will be able to:

  • Use blogs, wikis, Twitter, and Google Hangouts to collaborate and share.
  • Guide students to safely and effectively search and research on the internet.
  • Use technology to support teaching and achieve Common Core Standards.
  • Blend keyboarding skills into classroom activities and prepare for yearly assessments.
  • Assess student technology use organically.
  • Use digital portfolios to store, share, and curate classwork.
  • Rely on a Personal Learning Network.
  • Solve common tech problems that arise in the classroom.

Differentiated Teacher

Certificate class, college credit, or PD

Differentiation in the classroom means meeting students where they are most capable of learning. It is not an extra layer of work, rather a habit of mind for both teacher and student. Learn granular approaches to infusing differentiation into all of your lesson plans, whether you’re a Common Core school or not, with this hands-on, interactive class. Ideas include visual, audio, video, mindmaps, infographics, graphic organizers, charts and tables, screenshots, screencasts, images, games and simulations, webtools, and hybrid assessments.

Assessment is based on involvement, interaction with classmates, and completion of projects, so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker.

At the completion of this course, the teacher will be able to:

  • Use technology to differentiate for student learning styles
  • Understand how differentiating content and presentation engages a great proportion of learners
  • Insure that the outcome of student learning demonstrates understanding
  • Vary assignments to address all learners’ needs
  • Create an inclusive learning environment in the classroom

Tech-infused Class

Certificate class or PD

The 21st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course is a follow-on to the introductory class, Tech-infused Teacher, digging into the digital ideas and tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. This includes topics like how to build your tech-infused classroom, using tech to differentiate for student needs, teaching reading and writing with tech (you can learn more about that in the class, Teaching Writing with Tech),  and favorite digital tools.  You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for needs. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network.

Pre-requisite: the Tech-infused Teacher or permission of the instructor.

Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be a fully-involved and eager risk-taker.

20 Webtools in 20 Day

Certificate class or PD

Participants will explore twenty popular digital tools educators are using in their classrooms to extend learning and differentiate for student needs. Participants will review between one and four during the five-week class (by themselves or in groups) and present their review to classmates in a weekly Google Hangout. Participants will respond to the reviews of their classmates with comments, suggestions, personal experience, and questions. Both curations can be used as resource tools in the participant’s upcoming school year.

At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • use twenty new webtools that integrate technology into classroom learning
  • evaluate webtools to find the best fit for classroom needs
  • present an overview of new webtools including a summary, pros and cons, educational applications, step-by-step how-to details, and an example project to students and colleagues
  • leave with a library of twenty webtools to kickstart the new year
  • collaborate with classmates on using webtools in lesson plans even after the class has ended

Teach Writing with Technology

Certificate class or PD

Educators participate in this three-week hands-on quasi-writer’s workshop as they learn to use widely-available digital tools to help their students develop their inner writer. Resources include videos, pedagogic articles, lesson plans, projects, and virtual face-to-face meetings to share in a collaborative environment. Strategies introduced range from conventional tools such as quick writes, online websites, and visual writing to unconventional approaches such as Twitter novels, comics, and Google Earth lit trips. These can be adapted to any writing program be it 6+1 Traits, Common Core, or the basic who-what-when-where-why. By the time educators finish this class, they will be ready to implement many new tools in their classroom.

Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker.

Building Digital Citizens

Certificate class or PD

This is a self-paced online certificate class in how to Build Digital Citizens. Topics include:

  • Copyrights, Fair Use, Public Domain
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Commerce
  • Digital Communicationsdigital citizenship
  • Digital Footprint/Digital Privacy
  • Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  • Digital Search/Research
  • Images
  • Internet Safety
  • Netiquette
  • Passwords
  • Plagiarism
  • Social Media

Each topic has three phases (introductory, working on, mastered) to adapt to where you are (or where your students are) in digital citizenship.

By the end of this class, you’ll know:

  • Know how to blend digital citizenship into lesson plans
  • Be comfortable in your knowledge of digital citizenship
  • Have progressive steps to teach each topic: Introduction, Working on, and Mastered
  • Become an advocate of safe, legal, and responsible use of the internet
  • Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
  • Exhibit leadership in teaching and living as a digital citizen

When you sign up, you’ll get a PDF much like the preview. Except:

Go to page 2 for the Join instructions

Join the online classroom. Work through it at your own pace, on your own digital device. Self-assess your progress on a collaborative spreadsheet. Ask for help anytime from me via email or the Discussion Boards. When done, let me know and I send you a Certificate.