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 (July 11-July 31) 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.

Digital Citizenship

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If you’re using Chromebooks, iPads, or Google Apps for Education, you need this class. Find out how to prepare students for a world without boundaries, where the only laws are termed ‘responsibilities’, and where it’s almost impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.  You’ll learn what topics to teach when, and how to scaffold learning so it’s age-appropriate and authentic to students. Each topic includes projects that tie into student inquiry.

Topics include:

  1. Copyrights, fair use, public domain
  2. Cyberbullying
  3. Digital citizenship
  4. Digital commerce
  5. Digital communications
  6. Digital footprint
  7. Digital law
  8. Digital privacy
  9. Digital rights and responsibilities
  10. Digital search and research
  11. Internet safety
  12. Netiquette
  13. Online plagiarism
  14. Passwords
  15. Social media
  16. If not you, who (will teach this topic)

Organize your Class for the Tech-infused Experience

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There are about 20 webtools that are critical in today’s classroom. Learn what these are and how to weave them into your teaching granularly. Make them effective learning tools for students and teaching choices for you.

Note: These are not the same webtools as highlighted in the 20 in 20 class. Some of the tools included are:

  • annotation tools
  • avatars
  • backchannel devices
  • blogs
  • class calendars
  • class internet start pages
  • communication options
  • decoding tools
  • digital portfolios
  • Google Apps
  • note-taking tools
  • screencasts and screenshots
  • Twitter
  • websites