Westerville Badgeable Courses

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Westerville Local School's Badgeable Courses: The following courses are available for teachers at Westerville Elementary Schools.  Each teacher working with an ITSCO coach has the option of applying for the "Creating a Learning Path" badge at no cost. You must be logged in to your account to view and purchase/submit work for the courses. 


  

Westerville: Creating a Learning Path

Earn a Learning Path BadgePlease note that this course is only available to teachers working with an ITSCO coach. Professional development is broken.  It is typically too broad, too general, and not timely.  This model of badging is an attempt to circumvent these issues and provide experiences that are more relevant, timely, and, most importantly, personal.  This competency based strategy is designed to determine what you know and provide a personalized achievement track.  During this module you will complete a pre-assessment to determine your strengths and weaknesses.  You will also learn how to move through the learning path and generate appropriate goals.

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

 

Earn your Google Docs Badge!Google Docs

Google 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 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

 

Earn your Google Apps and Extensions badgeGoogle Apps and Extensions

Google 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

 

Earn your Google Chrome Apps 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

 

Earn your Collaborative Culture BadgeCreating a Collaborative Cullture

Are 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