Local Course


4/11 The course that you need to take if you need to meet your technology requirement for recertification is listed in My Learning Plan under Techology for the MTV Generation. The one and only section to be offered for teachers this summer is right after school gets out. There is another, different course for parapos ("Technology for the MTV Generation: Advanced Course for Paraprofessionals") which is also listed in My Learning Plan. ONLY 6 SPACES LEFT!

Two SMART Board Courses Will Be Offered in May

SMART Board Updater Course
SMART Technologies is launching a new version of Notebook, its workhorse software, before summer. The new version will contain at least 30 new features. In this 10-hr (1-PLU) class participants who are eager to advance their knowledge of what the SMART Board can do in their classrooms or presentations will learn all about the new software and SMART’s audience response system: Senteo. The class will be held over two days to get you in and out of class to enjoy your summer. All interested CCSD personnel are welcome to take this course. Participants should have either completed a previous SMART Board course or have a thorough understanding of the current version of SMART Notebook. If you are new to the SMART Board, we recommend enrolling in SMART Board Camp.
Dates: May 27-28, 2008
Times: 8:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: TBA
Instructors: Chad DeWolf, James Griffin, Ginger Jewell, & Steve Piazza



SMART Board Camp
Teachers, administrators, counselors and parapros will learn to make the SMART Board an exciting tool for engaging their students in the classroom or their colleagues at meetings in SMART Board Camp. The 13-hour (1-PLU) course will provide participants with many opportunities to become comfortable with the Board and hone their skills in a relaxed, supportive environment that we equate with summer camp. Don’t miss this opportunity to master a dynamic tool for presentations and instruction before the 2008-2009 school year begins!
Dates: May 27-29, 2008
Times: 8:00AM – 12:20PM
Location: TBA
Instructors: Beth Crawford, James Griffin, Richard Shoemaker, & Kevin Smith

Topics to be covered:
-Completing SMART Board setup and laptop software upgrades
-Mastering LCD projector system and remote tools
-Learning how all Board tools work
-Exploring visual design principles for Board presentations
-Building personal skills with SMART tools
-Developing SMART lesson ideas
-Searching and using the Gallery for backgrounds, graphics, & activities
-Importing images and text from web into Notebook and personal Gallery
-Creating and organizing slides in SMART Notebook software
-Honing personal abilities with Notebook tools using 4 SMART Boards
-Mining the SmartTech.com resource site for standards-aligned lessons
-Downloading & using video in Notebook presentations
-Attaching web links, documents, and video to Notebook lessons
-Creating curriculum lessons in Notebook
-Learning to use LinQ software to connect classroom computers to Board
-Sharing & improving first lesson design based on peer evaluations and instructor critiques
-Learning to create activities and tests in Senteo, the interactive response system
-Presenting lessons and lesson ideas using LinQ and Senteo
-Exploring classroom management techniques when using the SMART Board
-Posting SMART Board lessons to district-wide digital resource library



1/18 tHE NEXT CERTIFICATION COURSE WILL START IN MAY. See MLP for details.
11/30
The next full blown local course will be offered in January and will meet on a combination of days which will include after school hours, Saturdays, a post planning day and the February district PL day. There are 2 sections, 1 for parapros and 1 for teachers. Please check My Learning Plan to register. The name of the course is "Technology for the MTV Generation" and this course meets the requirement for the state technology requirement for recertification. We will also be offering the course again immediately following post planning (including the last day of post planning.) Space is limited. Dates and topics are listed below for the spring (top) and summer(below) session. Please register within the next 2 weeks if you plan on taking this course.

11/2 This is an audience participation article. We have the opportunity to experiment with a totally online version of a course. If any of you have a suggestion as to which one you might like us to start with, I'm all ears. MAILTO:jewellg@clarke.k12.ga.us

9/28 AssessOnline Computer Competency Test will no longer be given.
On September 30, AssessOnline, the current computer skill competency test, will no longer be given. The state is changing its technology test for educators who wish to renew their certification. AssessOnline will be replaced by the Gace Computer Skill Competency Test. CCSD Tech Services had been offering AssessOnline locally every month to allow personnel who are up for certificate renewal to meet state standards for computer technology skills. Tech Services must now end this service and wait for new procedures from the state for administering the Gace Computer Skill Competency Test. Tech Services will be checking with the state on a weekly basis in order to stay abreast of changes. As soon as we receive word of official procedures we should follow, we will notify all CCSD employees. For more information educators may visit the GA Professional Standards Commission website for updates on possible testing changes: GA PSC For those interested in taking the state's computer competency test for recertification, please register in My Learning Plan. Look for "Gace Computer Skill Competency Test" in the District Catalog of My Learning Plan. We will contact all those who register about the next testing opportunity. ~Steve Piazza and Richard Shoemaker, Technology Integration Support Services

9/21 Local Course - 50 hour version
The next full blown local course will be offered in January and will meet on a combination of days which will include after school hours, Saturdays, a post planning day and the February district PL day. Please check My Learning Plan to register. The name of the course is "Technology for the MTV Generation" and this course meets the requirement for the state technology requirement for recertification. We will also be offering the course again immediately following post planning (including the last day of post planning.) Space is limited. Dates and topics are listed below for the spring (top) and summer(below) session.
Session 1
1/7 2-5:30
Overview of units and essential questions
Internet Resources

Session 2
1/14 4:30-8
Web 2.0 Part 1 Blogs, Wikis, Video Thread

Sessions 3 and 4 Saturday session
1/26 8-11:30
Creating Performance tasks


1/26 12:30-4
Rubrics and evaluation tools (Senteo)

Session 5/6
2/18 8-1:30
Web Design 1 and concept mapping Open Mind


2/18 12:30-4:00
Digital Images/Producer/ PhotoStory

Session 7
3/3 4:30-8
Web Design 2 creating a great curricular website

Session 8
3/17 4:30-8
Video Part 1 (Homework Assignment) finding and using video resources

Sessions 9/10 Saturday Session
3/29 8-11:30
Web 2.0 Part 2 Podcasting


3/29 12:30-4
Intel HOTS Online Tools

Session 11
4/7 4:30-8
Finish Producer/PhotoStory

Session 12
4/14 4:30-8
Video Part 2 Editing a movie

Sessions 13/14 Post planning day
5/23 8-11:30
Google for Educators


5/23 12-3:30
Student presentations of units

Day 1
5/23 8-11:30
Overview of units and essential questions
Internet Resources


5/23 12-3:30
Web 2.0 Part 1 Blogs, Wikis, Video Thread

Day 2
5/27 8-11:30
Creating Performance tasks


5/27 12-3:30
Rubrics and evaluation tools (Senteo)

Day 3
5/28 8-1:30
Web Design 1 and concept mapping Open Mind


5/28 12:30-4:00
Digital Images/Producer/ PhotoStory

Day 4
5/29 8-11:30
Web Design 2 creating a great curricular website


5/29 12:30-4:00
Video Part 1 (Homework Assignment) finding and using video resources

Day 5
5/30 8-11:30
Web 2.0 Part 2 Podcasting


5/30 12:30
Intel HOTS Online Tools

Day 6
6/2 8-11:30
Finish Producer/PhotoStory


6/2 12:30-4:00
Video Part 2 Editing a movie

Day 7
6/3 8-11:30
Google for Educators


6/3 12-3:30
Student presentations of units
The overarching goal of this course is to take a unit(s) or topic that you currently teach and rewrite lessons to reflect the role technology might play in changing delivery, remediation, enrichment or evaluation of a given content area.

Please note, each teacher will be expected to teach a technology connected lesson with his/her students in his/her classroom with a reviewer present. The teacher may ask any member of the Educational Technology staff. This is the final piece of the course. This is not a formal observation and does not effect your GTOI observation

9/14 Next State Computer Skill Competency Assessments Scheduled for October 8, 2007
Do you need to take the state's computer skill competency assessment to renew your teaching certificate this year? If so, the next AssessOnline testing for 2007 will be held from 4 - 5 p.m. at H.T. Edwards Room 218, Monday, September 10. In order to sign up, log-in to My Learning Plan (http://www.mylearningplan.com/) and look for the listings for AssessOnline in the District Catalog of professional development activities. To obtain more information, select the link for the date you’d like to take the test in order to register. While at this course description page, you can register by simply clicking on the "sign up now" button. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail either Steve Piazza (piazzas) or Richard Shoemaker (shoemakerr).8/3 For those of you new to Clarke County, all of our internal professional learning opportunities can be found at www.mylearningplan.com. Your user name is your FULL CCSD email address (name @ clarke.k12.ga.us) and your initial password is "changeme." The first thing you should do after logging on is click in the lower left navigation bar and change your password to your standard CCSD password.

If you cannot register for the October session, please know that the following dates are now being offered in My Learning Plan as well: November 12 and December 10.

8/17
The first 50 hour course which satisfies technology certification needs for the state will be offered beginning in January.


8/10 We have a way for you to compile 50 hours toward your technology recertification requirement. You may either take the standard 50 hour course which is listed in the catalog on My Learning Plan or you may take the course in 10 hour increments which are offered on selected topics each month. Some of the possible topics are visual literacy, creating a great website, SMARTboard usage, Web 2.0 applications like blogs, wikis and podcasting, using video in the classrooms, and lots of others.

The 50 hour course comes in a beginner version and a standard version. They have very different content, so choose carefully. Also, please note, there are separate sections for paraprofessionals and teachers; please be sure to select the appropriate section.