Online Courses

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Click here to learn more about the Online Learning SubscriptionITSCO Online Badgeable Courses: The following online courses are self-paced and available year-round.  You must have an Online Learning Subscription and be logged in to your account to view and submit work for the courses. 


Teaching & Learning:

  • Transformational Teaching with SAMR
  • The Flipped Learning Model
  • Authentic Audiences
  • Data Driven Assessment
  • Student-Centered Instruction
  • Creating a Collaborative Culture

Google:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Chrome Apps
  • Google Apps and Extensions
  • Blended Learning with GAFE
  • Google Forms
  • Google Classroom
  • Google and iPad Integration

iPads:

  • iPad Basic Skills
  • iPad Integration
  • Creating Assessments with the iPad
  • Google and iPad Integration
  • Blended Learning with the iPad

 


 

Authentic Audiences
Earn the Authentic Audiences badgeAuthenticity is the real-world applications so often mentioned in best-practices such as problem-based or inquiry-based learning. When teachers plan for authentic audiences, students are engaged at high levels and performance tasks outcomes increase.  In this course, participants will examine what constitutes authentic audiences, how to find audiences locally and online,  and incorporate authentic audiences into existing lessons.  When authentic audiences are used in the classroom, deadlines and consequences are real, too. For example, if students are pitching a new business idea to local business professionals, not being prepared is embarrassing, but real, unlike a lowered grade on a late assignment.  The learning will feel important when they are helping to solve a food bank delivery problem or designing a tiny house for a local couple. Opportunities are all around us - learning to identify those opportunities, building relationships within our communities, and aligning the learning to standards, are the key components to success authentic audience implementation.

Prerequisites: None

 

Earn your Blended Learning with GAFE BadgeBlended Learning with GAFE

Blended learning is a student-centred approach to instruction that gives the student the ability to control time, place, or pace of the learning. In this badge, the aim is to  look at blended learning and identify some of the different models of blended learning. Then you will explore how a classroom with mobile devices, like a Chromebook, can integrate those devices into a blended classroom to engage and provide that student-centered setting.

Prerequisites: Must have skills outline from the “Google Docs” online module

 

Blended Learning with the iPad

Earn the iPad Blended Learning BadgeBlended learning is a student-centred approach to instruction that gives the student the ability to control time, place, or pace of the learning. In this badge, the aim is to  look at blended learning and identify some of the different models of blended learning. Then you will explore how a classroom with mobile devices, like an iPad, can integrate those devices into a blended classroom to engage and provide that student-centered setting.

Prerequisites: Must have skills outlined in the “Basic iPad Skills” online module

 

Creating a Collaborative Culture
Earn the Collaborative Culture BadgeAre we really better together?  This question provides insight into the focus of Collaborative Culture. In this module, we will examine research by Richard DuFour, a leading educational expert on Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Dr. Marzano. We will examine the big ideas associated with a culture of collaboration that will support the formation of, implementation, and sustainability of valid and helpful PLCs. 

It is important to remember that PLCs need not be an overwhelming program in your school, but instead should be simple methods that are meant to support teachers as they develop lessons, assessments, activities, and interventions (both remedial and enrichment).  Collaborative cultures can be, when implemented with fidelity, high quality professional development. PLCs are for teachers, by teachers. 

Prerequisites: None

 

Creating Assessments with the iPad
Earn the iPad Creating Assessments BadgeAssessment is a cornerstone component of all classrooms.  However, what does assessment look like in a blended learning environment?  This course focuses on assessments with the iPad.  You will learn the difference between a formative and summative assessment, various formative tools available, as well as summative rubrics for student created projects.   

Prerequisites: Must have skills outlined in the “Basic iPad Skills” and “iPad Integration” online modules

 

Data Driven Assessment
Earn the Data Driven Assessment badgeNeither assessment nor data are new to teaching practices. For the purposes of a common language throughout this badge, assessment in an educational setting will be defined as an evaluation of a student's mastery of content, skills, processes, or performance. Data are factual evidence collected for statistical analysis. Thinking of those two definitions, think of your own practice. When you watch a student struggle with an assignment, you are collecting data about learning progressions and that student. You then make a decision based on what you observed. This is a data driven decision from an assessment. Throughout this badge, we will discover how to make the process consistent to make your teaching more efficient and effective. Additionally, we will briefly review data related to instructional strategy implementation.

Prerequisites: None

 

The Flipped Learning Model
Earn the Flipped Learning Model badgeAs more mobile devices and technologies become available to teachers and students,  school districts are looking for innovative teaching models to support teaching and learning.  The Flipped Learning model uses a blended learning approach redefining classroom instruction and homework through the use and access of digital tools at home and in school.  Using the Flipped Learning model, teachers are able to focus homework time on lower level thinking skills while applying higher level thinking skills to classroom time.  This class will introduce participants to the Flipped Learning model, will explore digital tools to support the model, and allow opportunities to create lessons to begin implementing a Flipped Learning model.

Prerequisites: None

 

Google and iPad Integration
Earn the Google and iPad Integration BadgeMobile devices are being used in the classroom daily and have allowed educators to shift their teaching styles to a more student-centered approach.  We are no longer living in a one size fits all world.  The integration of Google and the iPad have allowed us to extract the power of these different tools to achieve individual student learning goals.  In this course you will learn about harnessing the creative powers of the iPads while still gaining access to the productivity powers from Google Apps.

Prerequisites: Must have skills outlined in the “Basic iPad Skills” online module

 

Google Apps and Extensions
Earn the Google Apps & Extensions badgeGoogle Apps and Extensions are powerful tools and enhancements allowing Google Chrome users the flexibility to add additional functionality to the work they do in the Google Chrome browser. In this course participants will examine the differences between Google Apps and Extensions providing a firm understanding of what each tool provides and when to choose to use it. Additionally, participants will learn where to find apps in the Chrome Store to easily add them to their account. Finally, participants will be introduced to the value of evaluating apps and extensions. Users who understand this process have the skills necessary to build a library of digital tools which serve the instructional needs of all of our students.  

Prerequisites: None

 

Google Chrome Apps
Earn the Google Chrome Apps badgeThis course is designed to get you comfortable with the use of Google Chrome Apps and how to associate them with your Google account. Much like apps that are downloaded to a cell phone, Google Chrome Apps are programs that have a multitude of uses. These apps, once associated with your Google account, can be accessed via almost any device with internet capabilities. Google has apps available to the general public, but also has education specific apps through the use of its Google Apps For Education suite. This course is an entry level course to get you started using Google Chrome Apps in the classroom.

Prerequisites: None

 

Earn your Google Classroom badgeGoogle Classroom

Google Classroom is a tool that helps easily organize the workflow of a blended learning environment. Students can complete assignments, collaborate on projects, and access classroom materials anytime. Google Classroom can help a teacher create a student centered, self-paced environment for students of all ages. Google Classroom helps organize classroom calendars, student projects, classroom resources, and individual or group assignments. Teachers will have the ability to provide instant feedback, create collaborative material, and share resources with students, parents and colleagues. This course outlines the basic principles of setting up and utilizing the features of Google Classroom in a variety of settings.   

Prerequisites: None

 

Google Docs
Earn the Google Docs badgeGoogle Docs is a powerful digital productivity tool offered as part of Google’s Apps for the Education suite. Working in concert with other digital tools such as Google Drive, Slides, Sheets, Drawing, etc., Google Docs provides users with all the tools they need to create a variety of digital products to support teaching and learning inside and outside of the school setting. In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the purpose and reasons to use Google Docs; how to upload previously created files and add them to Google Drive; practice using Google Docs tools to create, collaborate and share with others; and apply skills learned to build lessons.

Prerequisites: None

 

Earn your Google Forms BadgeGoogle Forms

This course is designed to get you comfortable using Google Forms as well as using Forms for many classroom applications beyond a simple data collection tool. Forms can be sent to students, parents and staff members alike (regardless if they have a Google Account) and can collect a multitude of information, from formative assessments to individual contacts. The ability to collect, sort, and disseminate information is imperative and Google Forms provides an amazing solution for today’s digital teacher!   

Prerequisites: None

 

iPad Basic Skills
Earn the iPad Basic Skills BadgeWhen you place an iPad(s) in your classroom, you have the ability to create unique opportunities for student learning at every level.  Before one can really begin to use the iPad as an integrated learning tool, you must gain a basic understanding of how to use the iPad for teaching and learning purposes.  In this course you will learn the basics of iPad “how to” - from using your Apple ID, to taking screenshots, to privacy settings and much more.

Prerequisites: None

 

iPad Integration
Earn the iPad Integration BadgeThe iPad has made a huge splash in the educational marketplace over the last couple of years. This transformative device enables you to create learning opportunities that develop the knowledge and skills that your students are going to need to  live, learn, and work in the 21st century. This badging module focuses on the evaluation of iPad Apps for effective classroom applications. The activities for this badge ask you to plan classroom lessons that incorporate the use of the iPad.

Prerequisites: Must have skills outlined in the “Basic iPad Skills” online module

 

Student-Centered Instruction
Earn the Data Driven Instruction badgeStudent-centered learning places the student at the center of learning. This occurs when the student choice influences the content, the methodology, and the resources for learning. Like other teaching strategies, there are progressive degrees of implementation. For example, a teacher who chooses 100% of the content, the instructional strategies, the assessment, and the materials would be a low implementation classroom while a teacher who asks for student interest input, jointly develops assessments and assignments with students and incorporates a variety of strategies to support all learners is a high implementation environment. The goal of this module is to provide background information and tools/resources to support implementation.

Prerequisites: None

 

Transformational Teaching with SAMR
Earn the SAMR BadgeEffective integration of technology can provide teachers with opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all learners, and provide students with multiple ways to engage with classroom content.  The challenge lies not only in selecting the appropriate technology but, more importantly, in the learning tasks and lesson design.  The SAMR model has been developed by Dr Ruben Puentedura to equip educators in analyzing technology use to discover how effective it is at supporting learning.  The course aims to introduce participants to the SAMR Framework, and show them how to use it to plan for best practice technology use.  By drawing on research-based practices and media resources featuring the application of SAMR, this course will connect you with the knowledge that has made SAMR such a widely used model, as well as give you practical ways to apply it in your teaching and lesson design.

Prerequisites: None