Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in education! All of us can see this increase in our own district with the implementation of one-to-one in grades 7-12 and new hardware/software in all grades. However, technology is still only as good as the users - you and the students - who put it to work to facilitate learning.
To support your role in using technology during instruction, we are happy to offer for-credit technology professional development courses on site during the summer of 2017 through Muskingum University! These courses are open to all GEVSD staff.
Below you will find basic information about the courses. To register, send Ryan Bernath an email with the course level and week you would like to join. This is “first come, first served” as there is a limit to the number in each class. Our own Evan McCullough will be the main instructor for the courses.
All courses are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at one of our district buildings (actual building TBD based on summer maintenance schedules). Courses will be a blend of new learning and application of that new learning to create products to use in your classes next year. We want this to be useful for you and your students! A one-hour lunch each day will be on your own.
Level I (Beginner) is a four-day course offered June 5-8 or June 26-29, with 2 credit hours available from Muskingum University for $130 per credit hour ($260 total).
Level II (Advanced) is a four-day course offered June 19-22 or August 7-10, with 2 credit hours available from Muskingum University for $130 per credit hour ($260 total).
Note: Staff could take Level I and Level II courses in one summer. We are planning on a Level III Mastery course for the summer of 2018!
Which level of class should I choose?
Level II classes are for staff members who use technology regularly with students in the classroom, pick up new technology with relative ease, use Schoology on an ongoing basis and feel confident in Office 365 or will be able to learn Office 365 rapidly. If most or all of this describes you, then go to Level II! If it does not, Level I is the course for you! Not sure? Talk with Evan!
What will be taught?
Below is a list of topics that will be addressed in each course. Level II will go deeper into these areas at a more rapid pace. For 7 -12 staff, the addition of one-to-one devices next year will demand more training for staff in the few days before begins in August of 2017. If you attend this summer course, you will not have to attend staff one-to-one/technology trainings during the professional days after Convocation. You can use that time to continue developing technology-based instruction for your classroom, or you can assist in helping train the rest of your building on the tools you have learned. You would not be excused from PD related to PBL or other building-level initiatives.
Do not hesitate to contact Evan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com) with any questions!
Course Topics Covered (will vary somewhat between Level I and Level II):
How a ChromeBook works vs. a traditional laptop
One-to-one Software/Programs & Production Tools
Office Online Suite
Google Apps & other apps
Google Docs—descriptive feedback
Google Slides & Prezi
Google apps store, Chromebook-specific apps
Netrekker, OER, and other access to teacher resources in Schoology
The importance of writing/text in learning vs. one-to-one and the balance of digital and physical learning, and philosophy of one-to-one (SAMR model overview & learning foundations)
Article review (Princeton research)
Reading in an online environment and text use online by students (marking up, highlighting, etc.)
Resource use - text in an online environment
Schoology docs vs. hard copies
Timelines for online reading and advanced access for students
Free online texts vs. class copies of texts—future in GEVSD and transition material
Formative assessment & quality assessment (data collection, what next after data collection, etc.)
Kahoot-It, PearDeck, Socrative, Schoology
Learning objectives and mastery tools
Student organization of files—helping them stay organized
Student Ownership of Learning—using the device to learn outside of the curriculum
Schoology use in a 1 to 1 environment
Communication—student email, messaging within Schoology, etc.