Subject Area

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Podcast PD: Growing Student Agency and Implementing Google Classroom

Subject Blended Learning Community

Description

Podcast PD: Growing Student Agency and Implementing Google Classroom

Price:

$15

Credit Hours:

5

Credit Type:

SCECH

Your students come from varying social, cultural, and academic backgrounds and, thus, follow different journeys on their way to adulthood. How can you help them grow their leadership of this journey? This practice-minded course focuses on student agency as a multi-faceted skill that can be grown and shaped and takes a look at how technology, like Google Classroom, can help grow this skill within a lesson cycle. 

This course is part of the Podcast PD series which is based upon content from the Digital Backpack, a podcast powered by Michigan Virtual.

Credit Hours: 5

Podcast PD: Google Forms, Failure-Free Failing & CBE

Subject Blended Learning Community

Description

Podcast PD: Google Forms, Failure-Free Failing & CBE

Price:

$15

Credit Hours:

4

Credit Type:

SCECH

During this online course, participants will have the opportunity to listen to a podcast and explore additional resources about Google Forms, a classroom that embraces personalized learning and the growth mindset, and competency-based education.

Credit Hours: 4

Podcast PD: Screencasting, the Future of Education

Subject Blended Learning Community

Description

Podcast PD: Screencasting, the Future of Education

Price:

$15

Credit Hours:

4

Credit Type:

SCECH

In this course, you will have an opportunity to listen to Michigan Virtual’s Campfire podcast and apply your learning through various activities. You will be pressed to apply your learning in your school setting. Throughout this course, learners will be engaged in learning activities designed to guide learning in the following areas: Predict what the future of learning might look like and construct an educational model; Demonstrate the instructional affordances of Loom and possible classroom application; Distinguish personalized professional learning and its benefits from traditional professional development.

Credit Hours: 4

Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners

Subject ed2go Department

Description

Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners

Price:

$115

Credit Hours:

24

Credit Type:

SCECH


If you’re thinking of starting a blog or just beginning one, this course is for you. Perhaps you’d like to try out podcasting too. You can and it’s easy. In this course, you’ll learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog and audio and video podcast using tools that you already have on your computer-no paid software or equipment is needed.

You’ll begin by developing a plan for the content, setup, and long-term maintenance of a blog, and then you’ll use free blogging software like Blogger and WordPress to put that plan into action. After that, you’ll learn how to record a professional-sounding audio podcast with a very simple recording tool you already have. You’ll edit the file with another free software program, add music to it, and then post it online for others to enjoy. Your instructor will guide you through all these steps. Finally, you’ll find out how to record a video podcast. You’ll use pre-recorded video to learn the editing process, and then you’ll apply what you’ve learned to your own video file. You’ll edit it, add special effects, drop in a podcasting-safe music file, and then publish it online.

Through hands-on exercises, you’ll discover the benefits of using free web tools like Blogger, WordPress, Audacity, and YouTube. Guided by an expert instructor, you’ll find that creating a blog and podcast is much easier than you ever imagined. And by the end of this course, you’ll be amazed how much you’ve accomplished.

Credit Hours: 24

MyPD – 6 SCECHs

Subject Blended Learning Community

Description

MyPD

Price:

$20

Credit Hours:

6

Credit Type:

SCECH

Educators today are agents of their own learning, engaging in informal networks and independent pursuits for personal growth and development. Michigan Virtual’s MyPD is a vehicle to formally honor educators’ informal learning efforts. Through this SCECH-bearing experience, educators will engage in a process to tell the story of their independent learning journey, tying a specific learning objective to evidence of informal learning pursuits, reflecting on learning from those pursuits, and developing an action plan based on the professional implications that have emerged. A true model of adult learning theory, this learning experience offers maximum autonomy with supportive guidance, seeks to validate the experience of today’s educators, and creates a holding space for educators to focus on a problem relevant to their own context.

Credit Hours: 6

MyPD – 10 SCECHs

Subject Blended Learning Community

Description

MyPD

Price:

$30

Credit Hours:

10

Credit Type:

SCECH

Educators today are agents of their own learning, engaging in informal networks and independent pursuits for personal growth and development. Michigan Virtual’s MyPD is a vehicle to formally honor educators’ informal learning efforts. Through this SCECH-bearing experience, educators will engage in a process to tell the story of their independent learning journey, tying a specific learning objective to evidence of informal learning pursuits, reflecting on learning from those pursuits, and developing an action plan based on the professional implications that have emerged. A true model of adult learning theory, this learning experience offers maximum autonomy with supportive guidance, seeks to validate the experience of today’s educators, and creates a holding space for educators to focus on a problem relevant to their own context.

Credit Hours: 10

Making Student Thinking Visible

Subject PCG

Description

Making Student Thinking Visible

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

In this course you will learn skills used to Make Students Thinking Visible (MSTV). You will hear from Jon Saphier, founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc., and Lucy West, Founder of Metamorphosis TLC, on the concepts, embedded values, and operating principles of MSTV. You will explore in depth these principles and practice building a robust talk environment that builds student confidence and extends their capacity to manage discussions. Along the way you will learn about teaching habits that have to change and about the preparation and planning needed to fully integrate MSTV into your classroom.

Credit Hours: 45

Using Digital Media to Enhance Learning

Subject PCG

Description

Using Digital Media to Enhance Learning

Price:

$199

Credit Hours:

30

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

Presenter Rushton Hurley’s course is an engaging guide to learning why and how to use a range of tools and strategies to empower students to express themselves through digital media and to develop learning curriculum through projects such as creating slideshows, screen casts, audio, and video projects. The course features step-by-step instruction through the essential stages of projects, models of good practice, and interviews with teachers who have incorporated these projects along with discussions of the benefits for students and the teachers themselves. Research on digital media in instruction confirms that incorporating multimedia in to curriculum expands students’ critical and creative thinking skills, increases their motivation and self-esteem, and helps them develop the skills essential to the 21st century, including technological expertise and productive collaboration.

Credit Hours: 30

Technology Applications for Teaching and Supporting the Struggling Reader

Subject PCG

Description

Technology Applications for Teaching and Supporting the Struggling Reader

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

This course addresses the increasing problem of middle grade and high school students entering their grade levels with significant deficits in literacy skills. The presenters explore the latest research on how the human brain is actually restructured during the process of learning reading skills and how this groundbreaking research can be applied in the classroom with the selective use of technology to improve literacy instruction for readers at all ability levels.

Credit Hours: 45

Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the Digital Age

Subject PCG

Description

Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the Digital Age

Price:

$199

Credit Hours:

30

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

Using media selectively in the classroom can greatly enhance instruction, assessment and student engagement. In this course, teachers will learn the best practices for using images, video, audio and selective hardware, software and web-based collaborative tools. Panel discussions, interviews and practice sessions will also help educators sort through projects and resources to replace textbook-driven instruction with media-based tools and tips are provided for digital interventions for students with learning differences and/or struggling students.

Credit Hours: 30

Motivating and Engaging Students

Subject PCG

Description

Motivating and Engaging Students

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

To be effective teachers must essentially find strategies to “manage it all”: establish a classroom environment that facilitates learning, differentiate instruction and assessment, facilitate learning through cooperative groups and, meet their own professional goals. In this course presenter Debbie Silver shares veteran classroom management techniques and strategies to maintain a well-run classroom.

Meaningful learning achievement requires a high level of student engagement. This course teaches educators how to foster and encourage engagement through a variety of techniques and strategies including crafting the classroom environment, structuring lesson plans and using innovative teaching techniques. The course features interviews with teachers and students, classroom footage, workshop activities, lectures and an accompanying eBook.

Credit Hours: 45

POWERful Coaching

Subject PCG

Description

POWERful Coaching 

Price:

$199

Credit Hours:

30

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

This course provides a dynamic series of sessions to develop coaching as a process, a relationship, a specific set of skills, and a powerful strategy for creating change in people and organizations. The role of “coach” is becoming more widely used in our schools. This course clarifies the roles and skills necessary for effective coaching which leads to successful change.

This workshop illustrates techniques of a leader in coaching as teachers, superintendents, and other educators role play and determine effective and appropriate coaching scenarios to improve academic achievement, professional development and organizational change.

Credit Hours: 30

Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice

Subject PCG

Description

Grading: A Guide to Effective Practice

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

This expansive course on the topic of reporting and grading, focuses on the meaning of grades for parents and students. It explores whether teachers are consistent in giving grades and reviews common methods in grading students. Presenters Guskey and Jung challenge traditional practices and propose options that show how grading methods can be modified and combined to benefit students and their parents. Also included is a section on the challenges of grading struggling learners and special needs students. Jung and Guskey lay out a five-step inclusive grading model resulting in a system that showcases best practices for standards-based grading.

Credit Hours: 45

Improving Instruction through Strategic Conversations with Teachers

Subject PCG

Description

Improving Instruction through Strategic Conversations with Teachers

Price:

$199

Credit Hours:

30

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

In this course instructional leaders, team leaders, teacher mentors, educational coaches, and administrators will learn a new model of strategic conversations designed to help quickly understand and assess the primary needs of the teaching staff, strategically apply their leadership skills to motivate and support teachers, and help teachers make connections between their instructional techniques and student performance. Four conversational types are modeled by the presenter: reflective, facilitative, coaching, and directive. Modeling shows how to have conversations with teachers about recognizing the impact on their behavior on students and assisting them in making the necessary connections, commitments, corrections, or changes to their teaching practices to keep students motivated, engaged and focused on learning.

Credit Hours: 30

Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading

Subject PCG

Description

Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

Education experts Robert J. Marzano, PhD and Tammy Heflebower explain the research, theory and practice of their widely adopted methodology based on the assumption that to design instruction that advances all their students’ achievement, teachers must be able to design assessments that fully illuminate what their students are learning. Participants will learn how to track student progress through detailed descriptors of the essential skills and knowledge students must learn for meaningful and purposeful learning; the kind of feedback, assessment, and grading students need to help them learn; how to construct those assessments; how to create rubric-based scales to inform both formative and summative assessments; and how to monitor and affect student progress. The course features interviews with teachers and students, classroom footage, workshop activities, presentations, and an accompanying text. Grading criteria can also then be more adequately communicated to parents in measuring student achievement.

Credit Hours: 45

Elementary Reading Intervention Strategies

Subject PCG

Description

Elementary Reading Intervention Strategies

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

Proactive reading instruction-in everything from phonics to comprehension-is required both to prevent problems with and to promote authentic literacy. This course offers elementary educators a research-based menu of reading intervention strategies that prepare educators to intervene immediately and effectively at the first signs of students’ struggles. The course equips educators with routines and activities that will make confident, able readers of all their students. Educators will learn proactive strategies to prevent literacy problems and be instructed on reading interventions that address existing literacy problems.

Credit Hours: 45

Data-Driven Decision Making

Subject PCG

Description

Data-Driven Decision Making

Price:

$199

Credit Hours:

30

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

This course takes a fresh approach to capturing and analyzing student data, moving away from the conventional Bell Curve which reflects the failures of teachers and students as much as the successes. Instead, this course looks at data-driven decisions which use classroom data well beyond letter grades in the form of graphs, charts and diagrams which inform instructional practice, not just reflect the current status, to improve student achievement.

In this course educators will learn how to choose the right tools to make data-driven decisions and be given examples in workshop settings of the process for charting and reading data that provides insight and helps guide instruction and resource deployment.

Credit Hours: 30

Differentiation and the Brain

Subject PCG

Description

Differentiation and the Brain

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

Carolyn Coil has long been a champion of differentiated instruction. In this course, she presents her repertoire of tools and strategies in a new light: the Common Core State Standards. Teachers at all levels will delight in classroom-ready materials that help them organize their efforts to reach all students. Dr. Coil’s book provides practical examples for a cross-section of standards, subjects, and grades. An accompanying CD includes templates that make customization easy. Classroom footage illustrates each tool or strategy in use with real kids, grades 1 – 8.

Credit Hours: 45

Charlotte Danielson’s A Framework for Teaching

Subject PCG

Description

Charlotte Danielson’s A Framework for Teaching

Price:

$279

Credit Hours:

45

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

Charlotte Danielson’s A Framework for Teaching defines teachers responsibilities, which fall into four domains: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. Through lectures, classroom observations, and vigorous panel discussions, educators work through how to use the Framework to scrutinize and strengthen classroom teaching practices to improve student learning. Punctuated by worksheets and activities, the course prepares educators to use the Framework to become their best professional selves. Required Text: Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching (Charlotte Danielson, ASCD, 2007).

Credit Hours: 45

Character Education, Part II

Subject PCG

Description

Character Education, Part II

Price:

$199

Credit Hours:

30

Credit Type:

SCECH


We are retiring this course, and it will no longer be available for enrollment after September 30, 2020.

Educators are powerful role models for students and can impact student behavior, learning and academic success. This course encourages teachers to create an environment conducive to learning by helping students take personal responsibility for their actions and by creating a positive moral climate for solving conflicts. Educators will also explore their own roles as leaders as they pursue the “eight habits of the heart”: a nurturing attitude, responsibility, dependability, friendship, brotherhood, high expectations, courage, and hope. Strategies are also presented to encourage the participation of family and community in the modeling of good character and the creation of a school-wide character education program that leverages involvement from businesses, faith communities, parents, and coaches.

Credit Hours: 30

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