March 6
ASCD's PD In Focus
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PD In Focus is a new way to expand professional development for educators into all the exciting potentials that education technologies deliver to students. With an on-demand library of searchable classroom video clips, group facilitation tools, opportunities for guided learning activities, and other resources, PD In Focus lets you use the brilliance of Web 2.0-enabled technology to deliver immediate benefits to any professional development effort. View the Flash presentation below or download the brochure for more details.
How you’ll use this powerful new tool:Teachers will use PD In Focus to search for and view video examples of research-based teaching practices related to their professional development goals and share and reflect on the videos to promote a dialogue about affective teaching.Teacher leaders will use PD In Focus to support the professional learning activities of their teams and plan and manage the goals of a professional learning community.Administrators will incorporate PD In Focus into staff development plans by assigning video segments to groups and individuals, tracking their progress on assignments, and viewing reports of completion and other management targets.


February 20
All courses earn GA PLUs, NC CEUs and SC recertification credit plus the purchase of graduate credit options. Visit www.teacherlinesoutheast.org for state specific credit information. They all start next month.

Call 1-800-277-0829 for additional discounts for certain schools & districts.

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INST120 Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles
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Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Unlock the secrets to developing a curriculum that meets the learning needs of different types of students. Create a cross-curricular unit that integrates technology to support learning, and plan lessons that address the different ways that your students learn. Activities will help you build flexibility into your lesson plans, enabling you to integrate your new knowledge into your instruction.
INST120.166
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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INST130 Utilizing Technology in Creating a Problem-Based Curriculum

Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Apply new strategies to develop your students' problem-solving skills. Discover how technology can enhance their ability to state problems, pose questions, find answers, and, ultimately, approach learning as a continuous interaction with their world. Then, select a problem for your students to solve and craft a lesson plan that demonstrates the learning process.
INST130.80
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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INST310 Inquiry-Based Learning in the Classroom

Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Knowledge gained through investigation produces greater student understanding and achievement. Discover the key principles of inquiry-based learning, and observe and assess its effectiveness on class lessons and student Web projects. Develop an inquiry facilitation plan for a unit to implement inquiry based learning in your classroom.
INST310.46
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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INST315 Teaching for Multiple Intelligences

Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Discover the advantages of teaching methods that engage multiple intelligences and explore ways to implement them. You will also learn to teach and assess students differently based on their individual intellectual styles.
INST315.50
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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MATH120 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Discussion, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Math
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Subjects: Mathematics, Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: 1st-5thHours: 30
Highly developed collaborative and critical thinking skills are what your students need to meet standards and perform in high-stakes testing. Expand your collection of strategies for sharpening these skills using classroom technology.
MATH120.75
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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MATH165 Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class
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Subjects: Mathematics, Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: 4th-8thHours: 30
Make mathematics accessible and understandable for all students, including those with disabilities. In this course, you will learn how to adapt your own curricula and work with special needs teachers to help your students succeed in the classroom. As your final task, you will develop a plan that builds accessibility strategies into your daily teachings.
MATH165.131
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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MATH236 Patterns and Relations: Algebra Concepts for Grades 1-5
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Subjects: Mathematics, Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: 1st-5thHours: 15
Teach your students how algebra connects to patterns and relationships, by incorporating manipulatives, technology, problem-solving activities, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards into your algebra curriculum.
MATH236.35
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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MATH250 Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction in Grades PreK-3
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Subjects: Mathematics, Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Preschool-3rdHours: 30
Lay the foundation that your students will build on to meet mathematical standards for years to come. Learn to teach "mental arithmetic" to enhance your students' understanding of addition and subtraction. Develop your understanding of computational strategies by observing students, exploring lesson plans, and examining Web resources.
MATH250.80
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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RDLA125 Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write
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Subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-6thHours: 30
Discover the power of author studies to motivate students to read and write. This course uses a problem-based approach to teach the techniques of conducting an author study integrating technology and the Internet. Explore author and other Web sites to collect resources that will introduce your students to many genres.
RDLA125.383
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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SCIE120 Scientific Inquiry and Field Work: Discovering with Technology for Grades 6-8

Subjects: Science, Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: 6th-8thHours: 30
Keep your students engaged by incorporating current technology into your science curriculum. Visit Web sites that enable students to collect and analyze data using online equipment and learn high-tech strategies that allow them to record and analyze information, investigate the results, and share their findings. Then, design a unit plan for an ecosystem field trip.
SCIE120.92
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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SCIE125 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Science
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Subjects: Science, Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: 1st-4thHours: 30
Learn to meet national science standards by helping students develop the skills necessary to analyze ideas, think critically, and communicate clearly. Create lessons and activities that support collaboration, inquiry, and critical thinking.
SCIE125.62
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH145 Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12
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Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Discover Internet resources that promote inquiry oriented student learning and smart use of the Web for research and class assignments. In this course, you will explore WebQuests and learn to integrate the Internet into your curriculum effectively. You will design a WebQuest to enhance a classroom unit or curriculum area to engage students in meaningful research.
TECH145.230
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH160 Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start

Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Gain a better understanding of key issues surrounding technology integration, such as how to meet technology standards and choose the most suitable technology for a specific purpose. Identify lessons or concepts in your classroom that may benefit from technological enhancement. Learn to devise a strategy for integrating technology into your lesson plans.
TECH160.165
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH195 Teaching and Learning with Graphic Organizers: Featuring Inspiration
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Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Electronic graphic organizers can help students organize ideas, convey complex concepts, progress through the steps of the writing process, and develop their mathematical and scientific thinking skills. Address different learning styles by presenting information in a visual format that shows the connections between concepts.
TECH195.251
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH300 The Computer for Personal Productivity
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Subjects: Instructional TechnologyGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Squeeze more time out of your day by tapping the power of technology to create teaching materials and assessments; communicate with colleagues, parents, and students; improve lesson planning; and manage information. Explore areas where the computer can increase personal productivity. Then develop and implement a personal productivity plan that makes the best use of your time and resources.
TECH300.93
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH305 Using Multimedia to Develop Understanding
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Subjects: Instructional TechnologyGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Help students in all grades use multimedia tools to demonstrate their authentic understanding of a subject. This course shows how Bloom's Taxonomy can help guide your assessment of a project's promotion of higher-level thinking skills. Learn to instill a strong understanding of content while promoting critical-thinking. Develop a project that integrates the use of multimedia in class assignments.
TECH305.60
National
03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH310 The Classroom Computer as a Learning Station
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Subjects: Instructional TechnologyGrades: 1st-8thHours: 30
You can guide students as they use technology, so they learn and accomplish more - and their research is more productive. Practice designing learning station activities and providing peer review support throughout the course. As your optional task, implement and revise one activity, reflect on the learning experience, and then develop a detailed plan for your new classroom learning station.
TECH310.48
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH325 Searching and Researching on the Internet
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Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
This course surveys the tools and background needed to use the Internet successfully as a research tool in the classroom. Practice different methods of Internet research and learn to apply them effectively and efficiently. Review the ethical and legal issues that may arise when using these new tools in the classroom.
TECH325.88
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH325.89
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02/18/2009—03/31/2009
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TECH330 Communicate and Collaborate Online
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Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Develop powerful skills for researching, evaluating and using online educational communication tools. Explore e-mail, chat, discussion boards, newsgroups, listservs, and more while researching several collaborative classroom projects that use these tools. As a final activity, design a dynamic lesson plan using electronic resources to bring Internet-based collaboration to a classroom project.
TECH330.31
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH335 Publishing on the Web
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Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional StrategiesGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
Master basic knowledge and skills needed for Web publishing. Examine school- based Web sites and other Web-publishing projects to identify both effective and ineffective presentations. An easy-to-use Web page template and basic HTML prompts are provided to help you complete your final task: creating an effective Web page.
TECH335.86
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH401 Capstone Introduction: Planning a Technology Portfolio

Subjects: Instructional TechnologyGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 30
This course will start you on a path toward ISTE NETS-T proficiency. Through readings, examination of your own teaching practices and the ISTE NETS-T, and exploration of available technologies and sample technology-integration projects, you will increase your understanding of and comfort with the NETS-T and their practical applications in the classroom. This course will empower you to:
  • become familiar with NETS.T and have specific strategies for applying these standards in your classroom;
  • become familiar with a range of technology tools and have specific ideas for incorporating them into your teaching practices to satisfy NETS-T;
  • developed a plan for a project to address the NETS-T in their classroom, with the teacher as the primary user of technology;
  • develop a plan for a project to address NETS-T in your classroom, empowering students to learn through technology; and
  • become familiar with the goals and requirements of the Capstone I and II courses.
TECH401.9
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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TECH522 Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching
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Subjects: Instructional TechnologyGrades: Kindergarten-12thHours: 45
Online facilitators take on many important roles and, thus, wear different managerial, technical, social, and pedagogical hats. Effective facilitators must know how to provide formative feedback, offer technical guidance, foster community, and communicate 'from the side' in a way that encourages learners to construct knowledge together. This course will formally introduce you to those roles and provide you with the opportunity to try on and practice wearing several of these hats. Through research-based articles and readings, discussions, collaborative projects, and other interactive experiences, you will have multiple opportunities to build and master online facilitation skills. A simulation environment (Facilitator Training Lab) will give you an opportunity to practice specific facilitator skills. To synthesize all your learning, you will create a case study based on the experiences of a hypothetical online facilitator as your final project.
TECH522.20
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03/25/2009—05/05/2009
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January 29
This is actually kind of a cool activity to use in an after school session for teachers to learn about copyright. http://edtech.boisestate.edu/telecom/copyright/copyrightwq.htm


January 8
I found this post and I thought it has some valid points to make.

Twitter: Can We Use This As A Training Tool?

» Posted by Jeanne Meister » Posted on 12.09.08
Twitter has made headlines in some amazing news stories; breaking the news of China’s earthquake and helping a student get out of jail when he was arrested in Egypt for nothing more than taking a photo. Both of these incidents speak to the growing popularity of Twitter, but you may have the same questions I do: what is Twitter, who uses it, and can be harnessed as a learning tool?
Twitter is a free social networking tool that keeps people connected with one another and with sources of information. Twitter users submit updates, called “tweets”, about what they are doing at the moment. Tthese updates cannot exceed 140 characters.
Now how many folks are using Twitter? Twitter traffic is currently at 1.2 million users per month. These users are mostly male, young, and profess to be heavy users, saying they go on Twitter at least 6-8 times per month. See the demographic breakdown of users below:
Twitter Usage
Twitter Usage

Now, can Twitter be used for learning & development and if so how?
Here are some ways for you to consider:

Provide real time learning nuggets to either current or prospective employees
When you look at the demographics of usage you see it is heavily weighted toward the 18-24 and 25-34 age ranges. These are the Millennials and Generation Xer’s that companies are interested in recruiting as next generation leaders. It seems there can be a host of applications for recruiting new hires as well as providing knowledge to follow-up a learning event.

Follow-up to asynchronous webcasts
Twitter is a great tool for communicating and asking questions on conference calls and other types of static asynchronous conferencing. The added benefit of this is that using Twitter to connect allows you to keep a record of all the questions and comments, in a manner similar to a blog post.

Reinforcement or reminder on learning a new process or procedure
In a saturated world of content where the shelf life of knowledge keeps growing shorter and shorter, we are always looking for ways to reinforce new content. Twitter can accomplish this because it allows you to see quick snippets of content.
However, it is also important to note that while real people write most tweets, some are using the service for blasting marketing messages. In the later case, I believe users quickly see through this and look for authentic content to help them be more successful on their job.
So how are you using Twitter? Is it a viable tool for learning and development?

December 14

The Teachers' Podcast: The New Generation of Ed Tech Professional Development

News, views, research and resources you can use are featured in every episode of The Teachers' Podcast. The popular podcasting team of Mark Gura and Dr. Kathy King are teachers, ed tech experts, authors and professors. Note that this is not your usual podcast, nor PD experience. Instead it includes fun, abundant resources and crisp insight from the perspective of what you can use today and tomorrow. Make www.teacherspodcast.org your new home for educational resources and professional learning. The Teachers' Podcast is supported and copyrighted by Transformation Education LLC, King and Gura an innovative education team. From software applications, to intimate conversations with notable and experienced educators and ed techies this podcast is for teachers and learners of all ages! This is ed tech you can use! Email questions and comments to teacherspodcast@gmail.com
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November 21
Again, this is a little offbeat this week.
This is more me informing you about what's going on in the marketplace and how teachers are using applications like Facebook to work with their students. So I'm offering a mini lesson on Facebook today. My first caveat or even perhaps a rule, is like any social networking site, if you wouldn't want your grandmother to see it or your principal to read it, then DO NOT PUBLISH it. The very public nature of the internet is that you cannot guarantee who will read your site. A common mistake of new users is they make their post personal(only invited guests) but they want their profile public. Guess what, in Facebook, that makes your posts public too, it negates the previous action. I think everyone ought to be involved in the social networking sites, because it IS how students communicate. The best quote I've found lately is that our students our driving around in a 2009 hybrid outside of the school but we keep wanting to make them drive in a 1982 Dodge while in school. Here is a little video on how to set up your page.


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Lookabee has also launched a platform for teachers to create their own Facebook applications to keep in touch with students. This pilot program is being spearheaded by James Levy, a former developer for Box.net. The applications will enable teachers to hand out homework assignments, class notes, etc. It’s built off the Box.net file-sharing system, which is an easy way for teachers to provide documents that can be downloaded by students.
The network within Facebook allows discussions and questions to be sent back and forth between students and teachers as well. Each Facebook application is custom made for the teacher, and follows the lead of other application developers like Widgetbox and Clearspring , though Lookabee’s niche approach makes it less likely to need additional tools like advertising options and metrics reports.
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November 14
This is not strictly technology but rather broad general topics of importance. That said, there are some excellent technology related courses in here as well. They are all online and self paced and the cost is $99.00. Check out the ASCD website (at http://shop.ascd.org/search_results.cfm?mycategory=PD_Online) for a complete list.

November 7
A slightly different twist this week and less formal.
Too often professional development opportunities are one-and-done workshops that have no continuity or follow-up.I would suggest one of the many social networking tools out there and today I will focus on Twitter. Simple drections are in the video.

Twitter is one of those Web 2.0 tools that you must use and experience to understand its power. It seems so simple and mundane, yet this is the tool of choice for me for expanding my professional network and has greatly increased the number of people I have professional contact with across the world everyday! Twitter will take some time to fully comprehend its benefits but for me this learning curve has been worth it. I have evolved and adapted my use of Twitter over time as my network has grown. Here are some things to consider if you do decide to setup a free Twitter account:

• Consider your username carefully
• Consider your picture representation carefully
• Consider all postings carefully and treat postings as “living” forever
• Start small, follow only a few individuals until you are comfortable using Twitter
• Agree and abide by the Terms of Service Agreement
• Protect usernames and passwords at all times and always sign-out when finished
• Treat all of your postings as public information (the world can see them)
• Twitter postings are searchable by Google and other search engines
• Twitter has its own search engine that can search all tweets
• Always use the Grandma Rule, if you would not want Grandma to see it then do not “tweet” it.
• Always use the Principal Rule, if you would not want your Principal to see it then do not “tweet” it. (Parents, other teachers, students may also see tweets)
• Only follow people you are comfortable with and that share your interests.
• Twitter is a reflection of society and you may occasionally run into a ”bad apple”. Ignore trolls and unfollow or block anyone that posts anything you deem inappropriate.

If you do decide to use Twitter at school make sure you get approval and abide by all school and/or organizational policies as with all Web 2.0 technologies. Some schools may have Twitter blocked by filtering software so you may need to get approval from the appropriate department at your school to have it unblocked. Some schools may still deny this use and in that case you would not be able to access Twitter at school.

Twitter is a social networking tool so be sure to model all appropriate behavior when using Twitter. You have probably given this lecture before to your students about their use of social networking sites like My Space and Facebook and the same principles apply for all online behavior for everyone. Because all of your “Tweets” are public you need to exercise good judgment at all times.

Establishing your virtual identity with a username and picture is how others will see you through Twitter. Some prefer to remain somewhat anonymous and select usernames that are generic while others do not mind having a public persona and using their real name as their Twitter name. I started out using a generic name but I found that as my network grew that there was value to using my real name. Thus I changed my Twitter account to reflect my real name and now use this account for professional purposes.

Your picture also needs to be carefully considered. Personally I do not like having a picture of my face out there so for now I choose tonot use that option. Some Twitter users even prefer to use avatars or cartoon caricatures as pictures to represent themselves as long as the images are not copyrighted.

Always use good judgment in what you “tweet” to others. A tweet is simply a Twitter posting. Twitter is a social network and tweets can be searched and archived for later retrieval. I prefer to keep my tweets professional and to the point and do not share much personal information. You are responsible for your “tweets” and if they are deemed inappropriate there may be consequences for your personal and/or professional life. Here is a news flash: You are responsible for your actions and there are consequences in life, using good judgment is a necessary skill for all online correspondence. Twitter may not be for you and that is OK. The point is that you make an effort to continually learn new things, you may prefer to read blogs and/or listen to podcasts instead.

You do not even need a Twitter account to see the posting of a Twitter user if you know their Twitter username.

If you do decide to get a Twitter account you can “follow” me to see all of my updated tweets every time you login to Twitter. When you follow someone they may choose to “follow” you back to see all of your tweets.

I have used Twitter for the purpose of establishing my own Personal Learning Network. The idea is to follow others that you share a common interest with and tap into the collective mind of the network. This is a kind of wisdom of the crowd approach. Of course your network is only as good as the people you follow so make sure to “follow” smart people who share your purposeful use of Twitter. Keep the purpose in mind as Twitter can also be a tremendous waste of time if it is not used with a purpose in mind. One danger is that you may follow too many people of a similar mindset and may not have enough diversity within your network. I purposefully follow some that I may disagree with but at the same time respect their opinions as it is helpful seeing where they are coming from and their point of view.
from http://techtalk4teachers.blogspot.com/2008/10/tt4t058-professional-learning-networks.html

October 31


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NSDL/NSTA Web Seminar Series, Fall 2008
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions
Join us for a series of Web Seminars developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) focusing on a variety of science topics and targeting K-12 grade level educators. All web seminars will include information and resources for educators available on the NSDL website. Presenters are well-respected, veteran educators from NSDL and other professional organizations with diverse backgrounds and experience. During the live web seminar presenters share their science expertise and answer questions live from the participants. See the schedule below for specific topics and the presenters’ biographical information. Register today!

Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of these web seminars and the presenters’ PowerPoint presentations will be available on this web page. Learn more about the features of the Web Seminar and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

Schedule
Web Seminar 1
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Title: Celebrating Astronomy: A Star’s Story
Presenters: Susana Deustua and Cathy Ezrailson

Web Seminar 2
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Title: Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Physical Science from the Poles
Presenters: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Dr. Carol Landis

Web Seminar 3
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Title: Energy and the Polar Environment
Presenters: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Dr. Carol Landis

Web Seminar 4
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Eastern
Title: Chemistry Comes Alive III: Water
Presenters: Dr. John W. Moore and Dr. Lynn Diener

Recent NSDL/NSTA Web Seminars:

Read about the topics covered, download the PowerPoint presentations, and see available archived programs from the comfort of your own office or home!



For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


October 24

Georgia's Online Virtual Library, Galileo (http://www.galileo.usg.edu) offers various EBSCO products (http://search.ebscohost.com/Community.aspx?authtype=ip&ugt=723761366CC6652727E665D662156E9268E322E33913350330533063&return=yare . ), This also includes online, one hour training sessions several times each month, on how to make the most of your subscription to the NoveList family of products.

We know that training reinforces product knowledge, stimulates interest and helps you to meet the needs of your library patrons.

Here are the current
NoveList course offerings:
  • NoveList
  • NoveList Plus
  • NoveList: Working with Juvenile Patrons
  • NoveList K-8: Using in Schools
TO REGISTER, go here (http://training.ebsco.com/training_request.asp), select the desired class from the "Which service?"drop-down list, and complete the form.
Please visit EBSCO's Support Site (http://support.ebsco.com) to learn about all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, or download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides.

October 17


Technology Camp for Teachers open for "drop-ins"


Opportunities are still open for you to enjoy “cafeteria-style” training choices of the most important district instructional technologies. You may come to one, two or all of these classes as you wish. All that we ask is that you enroll in My Learning Plan, in the Technology Camp for Teachers so that we can expect you.

Here are the dates and general topics of our Technology Camp for Teachers classes. To avoid as many scheduling conflicts as we can, we’re neither meeting next week during parent-teacher conferences, nor meeting on the Nov. 4 district-wide planning day.

#1 Oct. 14, 2008 SMART Board Basics
#2 Oct. 16, 2008 SMART Board Basics
#3 Oct. 28, 2008 SMART Board Basics
#4 Oct. 30, 2008 Senteo
#5 Nov. 6, 2008 District video resources: Montag, United Streaming, SMART Video Player
#6 Nov. 11, 2008 Using Podcasts & Intro. to PhotoStory 3
#7 Nov. 13, 2008 PhotoStory 3 & SchoolWorld web software
#8 Nov. 18, 2008 Outlook’s fine points and Q&A


October 17

Educational Online Resources and Webware Applications

K-12 Explorers Guild
Thursday, October 23, 2008
4:30-6:30 pm
250 14th Street NW, Room 131
Atlanta, Georgia 30318



The Internet brings a world of information to the fingertips of educators and students. During this workshop, you will be able to view a selection of K-12 online resources ranging from student news sites, online activities, classroom resources and technology applications. In addition, webware for productivity and data-driven applications and community services will be reviewed to show the shift to applications run solely through Internet browsers.

There will be lab time to evaluate the websites. Also, bring some of your favorite online resources and webware to share with other attendees.


Course Presenter
Therese Boston, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Therese Boston is a Research Associate in the Information Technology and Telecommunications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. She is also a member of the Foundations for the Future team. Her research interests include interactive multimedia for education and training. Ms. Boston also has experience in developing and designing websites and creating training and educational courseware.


The Explorers Guild and Foundations for the Future

This is a free monthly workshop, held in a technology-rich facility, where teachers can exchange experiences, learn from each other, and experiment with tools and technologies.

The Explorers Guild is sponsored by Foundations for the Future (F3) and part of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. F3 is a collaboration of Georgia Tech researchers working with government and industry to support technology-enabled learning in K-12 settings across Georgia.


Workshop Information

The workshop will be held in room 131 at 250 14th Street NW. For more detailed directions, please visit our Explorers Guild website at www.f3program.org/explorers_guild/directions.html If taking MARTA, exit at the Arts Center station and take the #98 bus to the 250 14th Street building.

The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on October 23, 2008. Sandwiches and beverages will be served.


Parking Information

Complimentary parking is available in the parking deck.


For More Information or To Register

Please RSVP to make sure that space is available.

Please contact Doresa May at (404) 407-6629 or email: [[doresa.may@gtri.gatech.edu]]


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October 10 Time's running out to enroll in one of our October 8th online PLU courses. All of the courses currently have openings but they are going fast. Hurry, enroll today!
Courses running Oct 8 - Nov 18, with quotes from past learners:

  • Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles
    INST120.158 $199 for 3 PLUs (or 2 grad credits for extra $130)
    "What I liked most about the course was how practical it was. I could take what I learned and immediately use it with my students in my classroom."
  • Inquiry-Based Learning in the Classroom
    INST310.43 $199 for 3 PLUs (or 2 grad credits for extra $130)
    “I feel my questioning techniques have improved, and I am more conscious of asking higher level thinking questions.”
  • Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class
    MATH165.116 $199 for 3 PLUs (or 2 grad credits for extra $130)
    "The readings were very informative and well-written; I also enjoyed the discussion with other participants."
  • Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start
    TECH160.159 $199 for 3 PLUs (or 2 grad credits for extra $130)
    “I have gained the confidence to take my students to the computer lab in our library to research various topics on the Internet.”
  • An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction
    RDLA152.20 $249 for 4 PLUs (or 3 grad credits for extra $195)
    "I liked the flexible schedule, having a deadline once a week, and being able to share ideas with colleagues. I also liked the videos. It was like being in an actual classroom and watching someone teach."
  • Teaching Middle School Life Science
    SCIE510.7 $249 for 4 PLUs (or 3 grad credits for extra $195)
    (This is a newly offered course by TLSE and feedback is not currently available.)
  • RDLA220.50 Teaching Writing in the Content Areas
    $199 for 3 PLUs (or 2 grad credits for extra $130)
    (This is a newly offered course by TLSE and feedback is not currently available.)
These courses are delivered entirely online (no driving to class, no books to buy), making them very convenient for your busy schedule, and they are fully supported by PBS technical staff and a qualified facilitator who provides feedback and leads

October 3

The Fall 2008 issue of Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Different Students, Different Approaches is now available online! This issue focuses on the fast-growing practice of differentiated instruction, in which teachers work to accommodate and build on students’ diverse learning needs. Get instructional strategies and best-practice advice from education leaders and distinguished teachers:

· Making a Difference - In this exclusive interview author and educator Carol Ann Tomlinson explains how differentiated instruction works and why we need it now.

· From the Field: Curriculum Compacting - From the field is a great section in which Teachers share helpful strategies and experiences. This newest article focuses on helping advanced students move ahead and learn at their own level.

· A Marriage Made in Math Class - A co-teaching arrangement spurs improvement for both special education students and their mainstream peers.

· One Size Does Not Fit All - How to make reading assignments as enriching as possible to all levels of students.

· Responsive Teaching - The "response to intervention” framework is helping teachers in Iowa better understand and address students learning needs.

· And much, much MORE!

Once you have read the latest articles online, make your way over to the exclusive Professional Development Directory. There are all sorts of great new products and services – including plenty of newly updated resources. Here are some of the most popular sections within the directory: Differentiated Instruction, English/Reading, Classroom Management, and English Language Learners. There’s no doubt you’ll find all sorts of valuable and helpful ideas and resources inside.

To have future issues sent to you for FREE, complete a FREE subscription request and the next issue will be sent right to your door. Feel free to pass this great opportunity on to your colleagues as well.

September 26 - Updated!

Because of the high demand, we have added a section of the new teacher technology course. This course is designed exclusively for teachers new to the district.

Technology Camp for Teachers
This class will provide instruction and hands-on experiences with essential district technology hardware and software. The course is customized for teachers who are new to the district or who want a tech "refresher." The Topics covered are:
SMARTboard version 10 – Teachers will learn how to operate the smart board while creating curricular lessons in SMART Notebook 10 software.
Senteo 101 – Teachers will be taught how to use the smart technologies voting devices to instantly gauge the level of comprehension in their students.
Getting their Voices heard – Teachers will learn about video conferencing and Pod Cast, Voice Thread, and use PhotoStory 3 to enrich their own curriculum.
SchoolWorld – Teachers will use the Open Mind 2 software to strategically plan the ongoing development of curricular webpages in SchoolWorld.
Online Resources – Teachers will delve into the world of online resources, GALILEO and other information literacy basics
Date(s): Oct 14, 2008 - Nov 6, 2008 - Credits: 2

September 19

We are developing a whole new series of offerings that are online and free and are targeted to our specific programs in this county. We are using Panopto to develop these resources which not only give you live action screen captures to SEE what is going on, but a great audio feed to HEAR and see the instructor. You can start and stop wherever you need to and click on a single topic if it's all you need. The first one to roll out is on the OnCourse system. See your technology coordinator for details. We wod love to have your feed back so that as we develop mmore,we are getting you wwhat you both need and want. Email Chad DeWolf, dewolfc@clarke.k12.ga.us, with your suggestions.

September 12

We hope you're off to a great school year! Whether you're finding you could use some new teaching strategies or more content knowledge or you want to earn PLU or graduate credits for a professional development goal, our October courses are just the thing.
Pre-approved by the GA Dept of Education for PLU credits, and with graduate credit available as an option, TeacherLine courses have been successfully completed by educators in 90 GA school districts!
All courses are delivered entirely online with complete support by a course facilitator and TeacherLine staff, and all courses offer direct classroom applications. Most courses run for 6 weeks. Early childhood courses are offered too. external image OT001558NDQwMDMA.GIF
Course subject categories are RDLA, SCIE, MATH, TECH and INST; see the full list of scheduled courses on our Course Offerings Page.


September 5

We have lots of courses set up and scheduled in My Learning Plan. Among the titles are the New Teacher Technology Boot Camp, SmartBoard Updater classes ( Don't miss this one; the new version of Notebook has over 30 new features and a totally new interface you'll simply love.) , Senteo student response systems, and of course, this year's highlight on Voices.

I'd really like to take a few moments to talk about virtual field trips. In an age of ever tightening budgets you can still afford to take your call on great field trips around the world virtually for under $150 and often for free. Now before you start thinking of all the reasons you can't afford to do these types of experiences, let me give you all the reasons you cannot afford not to do them.

1- Direct access to the experts -- A virtual field trip is a 2- way experience. Unlike actually going to the zoo( or wherever you choose), your students will visit with the zookeeper, have his/her undivided attention with a 2 way video feed and be able to ask questions individually and get them answered right on the spot.
2- Time -- Field trips cannot leave until 9 AM and must return by 2. Somewhere in there you have to eat lunch. By the time you subtract travel time, bathroom breaks and foodtime, how much actual time is left to visit? Let's just say it was Zoo Atlanta, you would have about an hour and a half left to see the zoo. Wouldn't you rather have spent that hour and a half actually talking to zoo personnel and having a customized tour according to what your students needed to know and study? (To say nothing of having spent hours of instructional time on a bus...)
3- Customized standards- based experience -- If your students are studying space, we don't even have anywhere around here that's appropriate for a field trip with the exception of the Planeterium at the Fernbank, Wouldn't it be better to have a direct conversation with someone from the Kennedy Space Center or NASA who tailored your field trip to excatly what your students were studying instead of getting a canned presentation that may or may not be what your students need to know?
4- Filling in the gaps - We all have one or two things that we teach that we aren't necessarily the best at. (C'mon now, you know it's true.) What would it be like to get the author of a book your students are reading to come in and do a book study? Let's face it, no matter how good you are, there are things you simply can't answer about that book, only the author can.
5- Engagement -- There's something about technology that is intrinsically motivating for students. You have to remember, your students have never lived in a world where there isn't instant access to information and instant communication. They are designed neurologically different than you and I are. Only technology can bridge some of those gaps. All we can do is teach students how to find and evaluate information so they can construct the knowledge they need. Our jobs are no longer about content, but process. FIfty years ago, we could teach the content necessary for most students to survive in the world. The students you are teaching today are going to hold jobs that we cannot even imagine. Our job is about preparing students to learn what THEY will need to know and none of us have a clue what that will be because those jobs don't yet exist. I suggest you pick up James Canton's book for a little insight.

August 15

The Online Teacher Recertification Technology Test is Back!!!

CCSD Technology Services is proud to announce that the Computer Skill Competency assessment is now available to all Clarke County certified staff. Officially known as the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Computer Skill Competency assessment (test code 178), this internet-based test is designed for those teachers who have not yet fulfilled the state-legislated technology requirement for all educators.

Please note the following:

  • Testing sessions are offered the third Thursday of each month (second Thursday in May) on these dates:
    • Thursday, August 21
    • Thursday, September 18
    • Thursday, October 16
    • Thursday, November 20
    • Thursday, December 18
    • Thursday, January 15
    • Thursday, February 19
    • Thursday, March 19
    • Thursday, April 16
    • Thursday, May 14
  • All test sessions will be held at the H.T. Edwards Building in Room 217.
  • The fee for the assessment is $35.00 payable online at the time of the test.
  • You will have up to two hours to complete the test. Each test session will begin at 4:15 on the scheduled day.

To register for one of the testing sessions, please visit http://www.mylearningplan.com/ and look for the course entitled Computer Skill Competency assessment (with the respective test date in parentheses).

For additional information, please contact Richard Shoemaker shoemakerr@clarke.k12.ga.us, or Steve Piazza piazzas@clarke.k12.ga.us . You may also get specific GACE Computer Skills Competency test information (including sample test questions) by visiting http://www.gace.nesinc.com/GA_PG_178_opener.asp .

Please check back next week for a complete listing of our fall offerings.



Professional Learning
5/16 Reminder
All unconfirmed attendees for summer technology sessions will be dropped from the rolls today at 3:00.




5/2
Our May 7th courses are the last ones we are running that will end in time for June 30th credits; don't miss out on these if you need the credits! Hurry, the 'seats' are filling up.
And don't worry, these courses are delivered entirely online so you can fit them into your schedule with flexibility as you wrap up the school year.
Courses running May 7 - June 17:
  • RDLA152.17
    An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction - 4 PLUs, $249
  • RDLA157.20
    Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics - 4 PLUs, $249
  • RDLA340.140
    Teaching Reading in the Content Areas - 3 PLUs, $199
  • INST310.39
    Inquiry-Based Learning in the Classroom - 3 PLUs, $199
  • INST315.36
    Teaching for Multiple Intelligences - 3 PLUs, $199
  • MATH165.107
    Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class - 3 PLUs, $199
  • TECH325.76
    Searching and Researching on the Internet - 3 PLUs, $199
Courses begin next week - ENROLL TODAY

4/18 You've got a Maps101 subscription, so let's put it to great use. The first step is getting to know Maps101 and its depth of geographic information (lesson plans, geography builders, and pronunciation gazetteer) and maps (over 4,000). Starting in April Maps101 will begin offering free online webinars for faculty members so they can get the most out this amazing classroom resource.

Maps101 webinars will be held on Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. ET and Wednesdays @ 6 p.m. ET starting on Tuesday, April 15 (because we know you've already filed your taxes, right?). Maps101's resident website expert, Juan Perez, will lead your faculty members through a fast-paced 30 minute how-to-maximize-Maps101 virtual fieldtrip. Attending one of these helpful webinars is easy:

Step 1) Login to your Maps101 account at http://www.maps101.com
Step 2) Using the main menu click on "Attend Maps101 Webinar"
Step 3) Sign in using the simple step-by-step process
Step 4) Call the toll-free conference number provided for the accompanying audio

Does all of this sound too good to be true? Well, it's about to get even better! Three webinar attendees will be randomly selected after each session and these lucky winners will receive a set of classroom desk maps and variety pack of 8.5" x 11" classroom atlases — FREE! Don't wait too long to attend a Maps101 webinar because this offer is good only while supplies last.

4/11
PBS TEACHERLINE

There are still a few spots open in two of our April 9th online courses. Hurry, enroll today! These courses will run from April 9th - May 20th so you can finish up in time for summer fun.
  • INST330.17
    Improving Learning Through Collaboration - 3 PLUs, $199
  • TECH300.70
    The Computer for Personal Productivity - 3 PLUs, $199
We also have spaces available for the following courses running May 7 - June 17: external image OT001258NDQwMDMA.GIF
  • RDLA152.17 (Just Added!)
    An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction - 4 PLUs $249
  • RDLA157.20
    Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics - 4 PLUs, $249
  • RDLA340.140
    Teaching Reading in the Content Areas - 3 PLUs, $199
  • INST310.39
    Inquiry-Based Learning in the Classroom - 3 PLUs, $199
  • INST315.36
    Teaching for Multiple Intelligences - 3 PLUs, $199
  • MATH165.107
    Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class - 3 PLUs, $199
  • TECH325.76
    Searching and Researching on the Internet - 3 PLUs, $199
Read the descriptions and syllabus information on our Course Offerings Page.

4/4The purpose of this site is to provide professional development for educators by sharing resources, lesson plans and files for classroom use. There is also a podcast which will provide explanation for how to use the files, lesson and classroom management techniques. We welcome your ideas, lessons and techniques. Different educator's ideas will be featured on podcasts. Please feel free to visit each channel, listen, subscribe and comment. http://www.pdtogo.com/
Subscribe to the SMARTBoard Lesson Podcast:rss | iTunes

4/2
Two-hour Course on Excel
This session is an introduction to Excel. It is meant for beginners. Please send an email to Joel Frey after you sign up for the session. That way, I can tailor my instruction to your needs. In addition, participants should always communicate about absences with their supervisor.

3/21 Using Video Projects in the Classroom

Thursday, March 27, 2008
4:30-6:30 pm
250 14th Street NW, Room 131
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Video is a powerful tool that can be used by both teachers and students to enhance the classroom learning experience. The technical aspects associated with creating video however, can appear daunting to the inexperienced. During this workshop, we'll discuss the technical issues that teachers and students may encounter when producing video projects. We will also look at what other educators are doing with video and brainstorm on some project ideas for your classrooms.

Topics

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review of video project work flow
-capture, compression, and codecs
-video projects that work
-what video projects will work in your classrooms

The last topic is key, so bring your thinking caps.

Course Presenter
Jim Demmers is a senior research associate in the Information Technology and Telecommunications Laboratory at GTRI. He has over 25 years of experience in video production and post-production. His current work involves the development of new techniques for using interactive media to enable distance learning, computer-based training, and collaborative problem solving.

The Explorers Guild and Foundations for the Future

Workshop Information The workshop will be held in room 131 at 250 14th Street NW (formerly the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) building). For more detailed directions, please visit our Explorers Guild website at www.f3program.org/explorers_guild/directions.html If taking MARTA, exit at the Arts Center station and take the #98 bus to the 250 14th Street building.

The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on March 27, 2008. Sandwiches and beverages will be served.

Parking Information Complimentary parking is available in the parking deck.

For More Information or To Register Please RSVP to make sure that space is available. Please contact Margie Brown at (404) 407-6069 or email to: margie.brown@gtri.gatech.edu


3/7
I am happy to announce the next opportunity for a TI-Nspire workshop. We are offering additional training and curricular support in Atlanta this July:
T³™ 3-DAY HANDS-ON INSTITUTES – Exploring mathematics with TI-Nspire technology
T³ 3-day Workshop
July 14-16, 2008
Atlanta, GA
Explore TI-Nspire technology as a teaching, learning and assessment tool. Take away classroom-ready activities and receive your own TI-Nspire handheld and computer software.
This institute will focus on the integration of TI-Nspire technology into the classroom with the use of content-specific activities for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calc and Calculus. The cost to attend is only $325 and each participant will receive a TI-Nspire handheld and TI-Nspire computer software!
Click below to register!

**Register now for your hands-on institute**


Dear Ginger,
In your mailbox, you'll find our latest catalog highlighting new learning opportunities from PBS TeacherLine! Our courses will make a difference for your students, your school, and your professional career.
PBS TeacherLine's high-quality, research-based online courses introduce new teaching strategies. They'll help you master new content. And along the way, you'll discover powerful teaching and learning resources that will energize your instructional practice.
We invite you to spend a few minutes browsing the catalog, showcasing more than 145 courses in core subjects and related areas. When you visit our newly refreshed Web site, check for courses scheduled for educators through your local PBS member station for best pricing.
Our spring 2008 course lineup is full of terrific course choices, so you can improve your skills, meet continuing education requirements, and earn graduate credits to apply toward an advanced degree.
For group or district sales, call PBS TeacherLine at 800-572-6386.

National courses start March 26, 2008. Courses in your area may start sooner. We're here to help you meet your professional development goals. Take the next step today.
Sincerely,
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2/29 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




2/8 Using Video with PowerPoint
K-12 Explorers Guild
Thursday, February 28, 2008
4:30-6:30 pm
250 14th Street NW, Room 131
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Adding digital video to your PowerPoint presentation can produce interesting and instructive presentations. In this workshop, we will discuss scenarios for the best playback in a PowerPoint presentation.

Topics
-Options to insert video
-Video formats for playback in PowerPoint
-Playing video files within a PowerPoint presentation

Workshop Information
The workshop will be held in room 131 at 250 14th Street NW (formerly the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) building.) The building is located across from Georgia Public Broadcasting. For more detailed directions, please visit our Explorers Guild website which is noted below. If taking MARTA, exit at the Arts Center station and take the #98 bus to the 250 14th Street building.
The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on February 28, 2008. Sandwiches and beverages will be served.

Parking Information
Complimentary parking is available in the parking deck.

For More Information or To Register
Please RSVP to make sure that space is available. Please contact Margie Brown at (404) 407-6069 or email to: margie.brown@gtri.gatech.edu

Additional Video Series Course
Using Video Projects in the Classroom - March 27

2/1 State Elluminate Sessions

The state is offering several sessions on standards based learning that meet on the following days and times. These are online sessions and they do require preparation work before usng the system. I have sent all the information I have to your technology coordinators if you have any questions.

Pre-Configuring Elluminate Live! Follow the steps outlined in this handout at least one day BEFORE logging in to your Introduction to Elluminate Live! Training session. You will only have to complete these steps one time in order to participate in sessions via Elluminate Live! :
1. Getting Ready Ensure that you are at the computer on which you will attend your Elluminate Live! session, and that is it connected to the Internet. Ensure that you have a headset with a microphone and speakers to take full advantage of the audio capabilities during the session. Note: Microphones are optional since Elluminate Live! includes a chat tool that you can use for communicating with the instructor, however the ideal situation would be to have a microphone available to use during the session.
2. Go to the following Web page: http://www.elluminate.com/support/ to the “First Time Users” section, and follow the three steps outlined below.

Step One: Installing Java Web Start
1. This step will indicate if you have Java Web Start installed. If you do not, click on the button provided to install Java Web Start
2. Click Yes if you see a security warning that asks “Do you want to install and run…Java Plug-in…”
3. When you see the License Agreement, click “I accept the terms in the license agreement” and click Next.
4. Select the Typical installation. When the installation is finished, Java Web Start is ready to use! Georgia Department of Education

2 Pre-Configuring Elluminate Live!

Step Two: Installing and Testing Elluminate Live!
1. Click on the Configuration Room link.
2. During the installation you may the screen below. If so, click the Close button in the dialog box, then click on the yellow Information Bar, and select Download File.
3. You may see a Security Warning. Click on Yes
(or click Always to avoid having to do this again
within Elluminate Live! ).
4. Your Elluminate Live! Configuration Session will start, and you will be logged in as a participant automatically. Once you are in the Configuration Session, follow the directions displayed on the whiteboard.
5. When complete, choose Exit from the File menu.
3 Pre-Configuring Elluminate Live!

Step Three: Getting Acquainted with Elluminate Live!
1. Click on the Recorded Introduction link to view a pre-recorded Elluminate Live! Orientation session. This will help you to acclimate yourself to the Elluminate Live! User interface.
2. You may also wish to click on the Online Orientation link for a written version of this orientation session.
Congratulations, you have installed and configured Elluminate Live! and can now join any future session without further configuration. To join your scheduled Introduction to Elluminate Training Session:
1. About 15 minutes before your scheduled session, click the Web link that was sent to you by the course instructor (the link was sent in the same email message as this handout).
2. Enter your first and last name (For example “Jane Doe”) at the login prompt, and enter the password that was given to you by the instructor.
3. If this is the first time you will be using Elluminate Live!, you may be prompted to download some software which may take anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes depending upon your Internet connection speed. (If you have already followed the steps on pgs. 1-2 of this handout, then your system has already been configured to work with Elluminate Live!)
Once in the meeting room for your Elluminate Live! session, you should do the following:
  • Enter/edit your profile information by going to:
  • Tools  Preferences  My Profile…
  • Fill out the info on the “Identity” tab and click “OK”.
  • To view the profile of another user, right-click on their name in the Participants window, and select “View Profile.”
  • Confirm your connection speed by going to:
  • Tools  Preferences  Connection Speed
  • Configure microphone and speakers by going to:
  • Tools  Audio  Audio Setup Wizard…
Note: If you have already completed these steps in the Configuration Room (see pg. 2), you do not need to do it again.

K-12 Language Arts
Audience
Date
Time
Link
Password
Grades 9-12 teachers
Feb 6, 2008
4:00 p.m.
[[http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199120627015|http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org:80/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199120627015]]
english
Grades K-3 teachers
Feb 25, 2008
4:00 p.m.
[[http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199120773625|http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org:80/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199120773625]]
english
Grades 4-8 teachers
Feb 20, 2008
4:00 p.m.
[[http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199120894750|http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org:80/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199120894750]]
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Grades 9-12 teachers
March 5, 2008
4:00 p.m.
[[http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199121010031|http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org:80/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199121010031]]
english
Grades 4-8 teachers
March 12. 2008
4:00 p.m.
[[http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199121112562|http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org:80/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199121112562]]
english
Grades K-3 teachers
March 19, 2008
4:00 p.m.
[[http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199121204312|http://elluminate.gavirtualschool.org:80/doe/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1199121204312]]
english


K-8 Mathematics
Grade Level
Time
Date
Link
Password
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Jan 16
Feb 4
Mar 3
Apr 28

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math
math
math
math

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Jan 14
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math
math
math
math

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Teachers' Domain is an online library of free multimedia resources as well as professional development courses developed by WGBH - Boston's PBS station - that help teachers enhance their students' learning experiences and advance their own teaching skills using media from NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, and other public broadcast programming.

Teachers' Domain online science courses give K-12 teachers new ways to inspire students, broaden content knowledge, and integrate technology into their classrooms. Teachers learn using videos of exemplary practice and rich media resources from NOVA and other PBS programming.


Video Series for the Classroom

Introduction to Editing Video

K-12 Explorers Guild
Thursday, January 24, 2008
4:30-6:30 pm
250 14th Street NW, Room 131
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Video has many valuable uses in classroom instruction or for project assignments outside of class. In this presentation, we will discuss some of these educational uses.

Topics

-Importing new and existing video
-Basic video editing (storyboards, effects, titles, and transitions)
-Saving files
-Video file formats


Course Presenter
Drew Petry
Georgia Tech Research Institute


The Explorers Guild and Foundations for the Future

This is a free monthly workshop, held in a classroom of the future, where teachers can exchange experiences, learn from each other, and experiment with tools and technologies. PLU credits are offered for attendance.

The Explorers Guild is sponsored by Foundations for the Future (F3) and part of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. F3 is a collaboration of Georgia Tech researchers working with government and industry to support technology-enabled learning in K-12 settings across Georgia.


Workshop Information

The workshop will be held in room 131 at 250 14th Street NW (formerly the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) building.) The building is located across from Georgia Public Broadcasting. For more detailed directions, please visit our Explorers Guild website which is noted below. If taking MARTA, exit at the Arts Center station and take the #98 bus to the 250 14th Street building.

The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on January 24, 2008. Sandwiches and beverages will be served.


Parking Information

Complimentary parking is available in the parking deck.

For More Information or To Register

Please RSVP to make sure that space is available. Please contact Margie Brown at (404) 407-6069 or email to: margie.brown@gtri.gatech.edu

Additional Video Series Courses

Using Video with PowerPoint - February 28
Using Video Projects in the Classroom - March 27





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Moving Forward with Technology

Moving Forward with Technology
Moving Forward with Technology
Click here to register! Registration is Free! Want more information? The Moving Forward with Technology Webinar series offers key information about implementing technology in education. Sessions are presented live and online by national leaders in the field. This Webinar series is an outreach collaboration between Don Johnston Incorporated and CITEd. View Upcoming Sessions, Archives of previous sessions, feedback from last year's series, or Technical Requirements sections.

Click here to register for upcoming sessions. The upcoming 2007-2008 series will begin in September and include the following topics:

  • The Role of Technology in Response to Intervention (RTI)
    February 11th at 11:00 am ET & February 28th at 3:00 pm ET
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Session Description:
RTI is fast becoming a household term, but what does it mean for you in your school and classroom? How can technology help you manage the process and serve students? Discuss the implications with the experts at the new National Center for Response to Intervention about research to practice efforts.
Presenters:

Nancy Safer, Co-Principal Investigator, National Center for Response to Intervention; and Tracy Gray, Director, Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd).

  • Finding the Technology that Supports Your Reading, Math, and Writing Instruction
    March 18th at 11:00 am ET, 2007 & March 24th at 3:00 pm ET
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Session Description:
How do you find the technology solutions that best address your students’ needs? Join us to celebrate the launch of the TechMatrix 2.0, a database of technology tools reviewed on accessibility and instructional features. The TechMatrix 2.0 supports user-generated searches and customizable returns that can be shared with colleagues. Come see what tech tools will work for you!
Presenters:

Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Knowledge Development Task Leader, Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd); and Boo Murray, Senior Research Scientist and Instructional Designer, CAST.

  • The Assistive Technology Planner: A Guide for Implementing AT
    April 14th at 11:00 am ET & April 29th at 3:00 pm ET
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Session Description:
Beyond mere consideration, how do you fully implement AT for students on IEPs? Explore the innovative AT Planner, a comprehensive set of guides for administrators, teachers, and families full of checklists, resources, and recommendations. Based on the research of the National Assistive Technology Research Institute, the Planner will guide implementation according to evidence-based practices.
Presenter:

Margaret Bausch, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky.

  • Evaluating Your Technology Implementation Program
    May 2nd at 11:00 am ET & May 12th at 3:00 pm ET
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Session Description:
Documenting the effectiveness of your technology implementation initiative is critical to improving and growing the initiative. Data is also critical to gaining support in the community. Learn to use the resources in the EdTech Locator, an online toolkit from CITEd to help you assess your efforts and plan for improvement and growth.
Presenters:

David Rose, Co-Founder CAST; Allison Gandhi, Sr. Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research (AIR); and Susan Skipper, Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research (AIR).

Click below on the title of any of the previous Moving Forward with Technology sessions to view the recording, read the description, and download any other related materials. Or go to the CITEd Webinar Archive to view all previous sessions.


  • Windows computer
  • Mac users will not be able to hear the voice over IP audio
  • Computer speakers loud enough for the number of people attending (the presentation audio will broadcast through the computer speakers)
  • Internet Explorer
  • Computer microphone if you plan to dialog vocally (for those without a microphone, there is also a chat window for typing comments and questions)
  • High-speed Internet
  • Projector (necessary for groups larger than five)
If you have technical questions regarding the webinar, please call the WebEx tech support hotline at 866.229.3239. For all other webinar related questions please call CITEd team member Maggie Monrad at 202.403.6828.

12/14 I found this site and it lists some pretty good opportunities for professional learning. Just go to http://www.ed2chat.com/ and then click on professional development.
EVENTS
LOCATION
DATE

**Conference for Georgia First Grade Teachers**
Atlanta
Dec 6−7, 2007
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**Narrowing the Achievement Gap!**
with Dr. T. Roger Taylor for Grades 4-12
Atlanta
Jan 24, 2008
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**Creating Strategic Readers in Your Classroom!**
with Vallery Ellery for Grades K-5
Atlanta
Mar 13, 2008
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**Leaping Into Science & Math Centers**
with Dr. Maggie Allen for Grades K-2
Atlanta
Mar 26, 2008
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**Differentiated Assessment & Grading**
with Rick Wormeli for Grades 5-12
Atlanta
Mar 27−28, 2008
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**Differentiated Literacy Strategies for Increased Student Achievement!**
with Gayle Gregory for Grades 3-8
Atlanta
Apr 30, 2008
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**50 Super Summarization Strategies to Boost Vocabulary & Learning!**
with Rick Wormeli for Grades 3-8
Savannah
Jan 10, 2008
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**6 Trait Writing**
with Lynne Ecenbarger for Grades 3-8
Savannah
Jan 29, 2008
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**Guided Reading: Differentiating Using Small Group Instruction**
with Betty Jo Evers for Grades K-2
Savannah
Feb 4, 2008
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12/7
**Orton-Gillingham.com**

30-Hour Comprehensive Training

Savannah, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
January 21-25, 2008 February 18-22, 2008



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The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
IMSE@Orton-Gillingham.com
800-646-9788

Orton-Gillingham On-Site Training

Sensational Supplies
Resource Catalog
Professional Development
The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education is an approved provider for the Georgia Department of Education. 3 PLU's are available. Please e-mail:
Info@Orton-Gillingham.com for the required Prior Approval Form

Credit:
Through the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Special Education Program, the following credits are available:

Graduate Credit
Undergraduate Credit

Fees for college credits are separate from IMSE Orton-Gillingham training fees.
For current tuition and application information, Please e-mail: Info@Orton-Gillingham.com


The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education's training programs provide:

      • A multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling across the curriculum.
  • The skills necessary to teach phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
  • Instructional use of ongoing assessment to monitor individual strengths and needs.
  • Methods that support classroom and special education teachers, reading specialists and paraprofessionals in presenting language instruction through a process of introduction, discovery, learning, review, practice and evaluation.30-Hour Comprehensive TrainingThe comprehensive program enables the learner to have in-depth understanding of the revised Orton-Gillingham based methodology, assessment, higher level skills, and the tools to implement this program into an existing curriculum. Teachers will learn: Materials Provided:The 3-part drill (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) Recipe for Reading
Syllabication patterns for decoding and encoding Angling for Words

Guidelines for weekly lesson plans How to Teach Spelling

Assessment Teacher Training Manual

Reciprocal Teaching method Teacher Assessment Manual

Fluency Phoneme/Grapheme Cards

Multisensory techniques for sight words and vocabulary Syllable Division Cards

Fee: $900.00 per person; includes materials provided. Payment or purchase order is required to confirm registration. Registrations received less than 14 days from training dates, will be subject to a $50.00 late fee. Early registration is highly recommended.

On-line registration options include:
Credit card payment will confirm your registration.
Check/purchase order options are available, and will hold your seat to allow time for processing. Registrations are not confirmed until the payment or purchase order is received.
On-line registration:
**Savannah, GA January 21-25, 2008**

Atlanta, GA February 18-22, 2008

Refund Policy: Cancel 30 days before the event; 100% refund. Cancel within 30 days of event 100% refund minus $50.00 service charge. The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education reserves the right to cancel. If IMSE must cancel, 100% of the training fee will be refunded.

**Apply for notification of new trainings in your area.**

For additional questions please e-mail: IMSE@Orton-Gillingham.com

If you would like to discontinue receiving future newsletters, please send a blank e-mail to: Records@Orton-Gillingham.com
11/30 This is a little different than what I usually post but I thought this article fit here the best.
HIighlands Elementary School <http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7845803>
Amy Panama, Bonita DeAmicis and Cindy Hallman work collaboratively to get the best out of their fifth grade students. They challenge each other to create classroom environments that facilitate student engagement, perseverance, deeper thinking, reflection, and pride in work. They work together on all aspects of lesson design and student assessment to offer students a variety of instructional approaches which include the arts and the use of technology.
They believe that once teachers experience a team like theirs, it will be difficult to envision a professional life without it. Students are fascinated by the team's process of collaboration, and want to stay after school to work in the classroom and to join in their discussions. Other teachers on their campus have also migrated to these sessions - hungry to join the professional dialogue.
The Highlands Elementary team was selected as one of two teams to represent the United States at the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Finland last month. Look for a report from them soon on this exciting opportunity to network with teachers from around the world!
Download the Highlands Elementary presentation <http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/1/3/21343626-8172-4284-9d18-3a961bf71e00/Highlands%20Elementary%20School.ppt> to learn how their team works together, and about their Science Centers project.
11/16
Science professional learning available at www.learner.org

4:30-6:30 pm
250 14th Street NW, Room 131
Atlanta, Georgia 30318


With their ease of use and collaborative features, blogs and wikis open up a universe of possibilities for increasing interactivity and engagement within the education field. Come learn what are wikis and blogs, how are they being used for educational purposes, and how to create your own to further your own professional development as an educator.

Course Presenter
Jessica Pater

Workshop Information

The workshop will be held in room 131 at 250 14th Street NW (formerly the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) building.) The building is located across from Georgia Public Broadcasting. For more detailed directions, please visit our Explorers Guild website which is noted below. If taking MARTA, exit at the Arts Center station and take the #98 bus to the 250 14th Street building.

The workshop will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on November 29, 2007. Sandwiches and beverages will be served.

Parking Information

Complimentary parking is available in the parking deck.

For More Information or To Register

Please RSVP to make sure that space is available. Please contact Margie Brown at (404) 407-6069 or email to: margie.brown@gtri.gatech.edu

Future Topics

Introduction to Editing Video - January 24
Inserting Video into PowerPoint - February 28

For more information about F3 please visit: www.f3program.org

11/2
Science, Math & Technology Course Grants Available!

With funding from the National Science Foundation, TeacherLine Southeast is offering 400 grants for selected science, math and technology courses.

Who is Eligible?
PreK-12 classroom math and/or science teachers in public schools in GA, SC or NC only.

Details:
· Each course is a 30hr recertification course, worth 3 PLU GA renewal credits (or 2 graduate credits per a separate fee of $130 not covered by the grant).
· Each grant is worth $150; recipients will be responsible for the remaining $49 balance (course cost $199 - $150 grant = $49 to be paid by enrollee).
· One grant per teacher. 400 grants will be made available.
· Courses begin Wednesday, October 3, 2007 and end Tuesday, November 13, 2007 (six weeks).

Grant-eligible Courses:
MATH250.56 Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction in Grades PreK-3
MATH160.26 Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom (Grades 4-8)
MATH165.101 Enabling Students with Special Need to Succeed in Math Class (Grades 4-8)
MATH410.21 Seeing Math: Linear Functions (Grades 6-12)
MATH455.14 Seeing Math: Data Analysis (Grades 6-12)
SCIE125.51 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Inquiry & Critical Thinking in Elem Science (Grades 1-4)
SCIE130.56 Fostering Collaboration, Inquiry & Critical Thinking in Middle School Science (Grades 5-8)
SCIE562.6 Introduction to the Earth System (Grades 3-12)
SCIE568.9 Weather and Climate (Grades 6-12)
SCIE522.14 Inquiry in Science Education (9-12)
TECH160.148 Putting Technology to Work in the Classroom: Where to Start (K-12)
TECH325.67 Searching and Researching on the Internet (K-12)
For application to receive the grant’s promotional code for enrollment, visit www.teacherlinesoutheast.org -- after September 3, 2007.
40+ other non-grant courses offered this fall too!

(RDLA, INST, MATH, SCIE, and TECH Courses)

10/26 PBS TeacherLine
The courses run 6 weeks and are delivered entirely online so they're very convenient for busy people like you! If you've got reliable internet access, you're all set. With PBS TeacherLine courses, there are no books to buy, no classes to drive to, and no babysitters to recruit!
All of our courses are facilitated by specially-trained, masters-level teachers, and they offer lots of communication among course participants too.

Courses running October 24 - December 4, 2007:
Hurry, enroll today!
RDLA Courses:
  • Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write (K-6)
  • Teaching Reading in Science (Grades 3-12)
  • Teaching Reading in Mathematics (Grades 3-10)
  • An Intro. to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (K-8)
  • Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (Grades PreK-3)
  • Teaching Phonics & Spelling for Emergent Readers (Grades PreK–K)
  • Teaching Vocabulary: Word Meanings & Word Knowledge (Grades PreK-2)
  • Facilitating Oral Language Development (Grades PreK-3)
  • Effective Writing Instruction (Grades 1-3)
  • Teaching Writing in the Content Areas (Grades 6–12)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (Grades 3-12)
  • Early Literacy Learning (K-2) - Part 1
  • Supporting English Language Learners: Oral Language Development (PreK-3)MATH Courses:
  • Fostering Cooperative Learning, Discussion, & Critical Thinking in Elem Math (Gr 1-5)
  • Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom (Grades 4-8)
  • Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class (Grades 4-8)
  • Math in Everyday Life for Grades K-5
  • Shaping Up: Teaching Geometry Using Technology in Grades 3-5
  • The Odds Are Good: Probability for Grades 6-8
  • Count on It: Number Sense for Grades K-5
  • Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction in Grades PreK-3
  • Understanding Counting and Numbers (Grades K-2)
  • Seeing Math™: Transformations of Linear Functions (Grades 6-12)
  • Seeing Math™: Transformations of Quadratic Functions (Grades 6-12)
  • Seeing Math™: Data Analysis (Grades 6-12)INST Courses:
  • Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles (K-12)
  • Differentiated Instruction (Grades 6-8)
  • Curriculum Mapping I by Heidi Hayes Jacobs (K-12)
  • Connecting Family, Community and Schools (K-12)
  • Using Assessment and Evaluation (K-12)
  • Constructing Learning Centered Environments (K-12)TECH Courses:
  • Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12
  • Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start (K-12)
  • Teaching and Learning with Graphic Organizers: Featuring Inspiration (PreK-12)
  • The Computer for Personal Productivity (K-12)
  • Introduction to a One-Computer Classroom (K-12)
  • Searching and Researching on the Internet (K-12)
  • Publishing on the Web (K-12)
  • PBS TeacherLine / ISTE Capstone Certificate Program / Capstone I (K-12)
  • PBS TeacherLine / ISTE Capstone Certificate Program / Capstone II (K-12)
  • Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching (K-12)SCIE Courses:
  • Scientific Inquiry and Field Work: Discovering with Technology for Grades 6-8
  • Fostering Cooperative Learning, Inquiry & Critical Thinking in Elem Science (Gr 1-4)
  • Plants and Animals - Grades K-5
  • Regulation and Behavior - Grades 6-8
  • Inquiry in Science Education - Grades 9-12
  • Understanding Heat Transfer - Grades 6-8
  • Building Understanding - Grades 9-12
  • Earth in Time and Space - Grades 6-1210/19 Over the past two years, the U. S. Department of Education has brought together some of the nation's most effective teachers and practitioners to share the research-based practices and data analysis to make a difference in student achievement. During this time, these educators have shared their expertise through the U. S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops offered in various locations throughout the United States. These workshops were taped and made available nationwide over this website through a special contract with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC). Effective September 1, 2006, PAEC's FloridaLearns Academy will continue support for this website to enhance teaching and learning for the many educators in Florida and across the nation who are utilizing them for the urgent goal of highest student achievement so that no child will be left behind.In order to more broadly share the information, these workshops have been taped and converted to online courses delivered using the video-streaming format. They are designed so teachers can experience on-demand professional development in specific content areas to increase their knowledge and skills for improving student achievement. To ensure access, all programs are closed captioned.Each course is designed to be valuable for single teachers or groups of teachers. Each course is delivered in segments-usually about 15 minutes long-of video interspersed with reflective questions and small tasks that foster understanding. An entire program, including activities, is about 2 hours long.By enrolling in these professional development courses, educators also have access to the electronic Professional Development System, or ePDC. This password-protected system provides a personal portfolio so that participants can track and manage their professional development activities. The portfolio is updated after a participant completes a Teacher-to-Teacher course and is used to track additional professional development activities.To find out how to enroll, click on the "PAEC" button which can be found at the bottom of this screen.
PAEC

10/12
Courses For Credit
Discovery Education has joined forces with several accredited universities to offer high quality, online graduate courses on integrating digital media in education that feature Discovery Education™ streaming. Courses can be taken individually or as part of a certificate or master's degree. Each program offers a range of courses and concentrations, click on 'Go To' for detailed information.





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George Washington University

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Nova Southeastern University
This NCATE-accredited school of education offers courses and certificate programs in instructional design and multimedia integration education.
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Fischier School of Education's 'Training for Credit' program offers professional development courses on middle school physical science using digital media from Discovery Education™ streaming. Earn professional development credit or option for graduate credits from NSU.
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Wilkes University

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New Jersey City University
Wilkes University Graduate Teacher Education Department offers several graduate programs which feature integrating digital media and incorporate Discovery Education™ streaming.
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NJCU offers courses on using the Internet in Education from the only fully-online ISTE-approved and NCATE-accredited Ed Tech graduate program on the East Coast.
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10/5 CCSD Technology Integration Support Services Podcast
To hear the second installment of CCSD Instructional Tech. Talk, please visit http://ccsdinstructionaltechtalk.wordpress.com/ . You may also subscribe to the podcast by visiting http://feeds.feedburner.com/ccsdInstructionaltechtalk .

10/5
Searching and Researching on the Internet - 30hr
This course surveys the tools and background needed to use the Internet successfully as a research tool in the classroom. Practice different methods of Internet research and learn to apply them effectively and efficiently. Review the ethical and legal issues that may arise when using these new tool...
GA - NC - SC
10/3/2007-11/13/2007
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GA - NC - SC
10/3/2007-11/13/2007
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National
10/26/2007-12/4/2007
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TECH145

Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12 - 30hr
Discover Internet resources that promote inquiry oriented student learning and smart use of the Web for research and class assignments. In this course, you will explore WebQuests and learn to integrate the Internet into your curriculum effectively. You will design a WebQuest to enhance a classroom...
National
10/24/2007-12/4/2007
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TECH195

Teaching and Learning with Graphic Organizers: Featuring Inspiration - 30hr
Electronic graphic organizers can help students organize ideas, convey complex concepts, progress through the steps of the writing process, and develop their mathematical and scientific thinking skills. Address different learning styles by presenting information in a visual format that shows the co...
National
10/24/2007-12/4/2007
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TECH300

The Computer for Personal Productivity - 30hr
Squeeze more time out of your day by tapping the power of technology to create teaching materials and assessments; communicate with colleagues, parents, and students; improve lesson planning; and manage information. Explore areas where the computer can increase personal productivity. Then develop ...
National
10/24/2007-12/4/2007
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TECH320

Introduction to a One-Computer Classroom - 30hr
Your computer can do more than you may know—discover how to use it as a presentation tool, a personal productivity assistant, a catalyst for creating interactive group experiences, and a student learning center. For your ?nal assignment, choose one of these applications, then create and impleme...
National
10/24/2007-12/4/2007
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TECH335

Publishing on the Web - 30hr
Master basic knowledge and skills needed for Web publishing. Examine school- based Web sites and other Web-publishing projects to identify both effective and ineffective presentations. Address key issues to help you understand basic requirements before embarking on Web-publishing activities in the ...
National
10/24/2007-12/4/2007
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9/28
SMART Board for CCSD Administrative Staff and School Leaders

see My Learning Plan to sign up


Course 1: Using SMART Board for Presentations—3.5 hrs. class
  • Orienting/calibrating SMART Board to laptop.
  • Practicing LCD projector operations: configuring to SMART Board, DVD, laptop, etc., zooming for instruction, filter cleaning.
  • Using SMART Notebook software tools for presentations.
  • Using Sympodiums and Slates for large group presentations.
  • Creating and using Floating Tools.
  • Using variety of Gallery items; building personal presentation content from Gallery, web, other sources.
  • Attaching video clips, web links, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel documents to SMART Board presentations.
  • Using a variety of documents within SMART Notebook software.
Course 2: Evaluating SMART Board Use in the Classroom (3.0 hr. class)
Learning qualities to look for in evaluating SMART Board use in instruction:
  • Lesson design for higher order thinking, interactivity with students
  • Color contrast
  • Readability: text size issues, transitions, font choices, image sizing and clarity
  • Use of built-in presentation tools:
    • window shade,
    • spotlight,
    • floating tools,
    • attachments,
    • text recognition,
    • board control, etc.
  • Learning Notebook organization and structure:
    • Complete a Notebook slide through guided lesson with instructor(s).
    • Create an interactive Notebook slide with partner/group for high, middle or elementary school lesson.
    • Present slide to class using LinQ in order to practice critiquing using SMART Board terminology.
Course 3: Using SMART’s Audience Response System to Increase Student Participation and to Gather Data—3.5 hr. class
Senteos

  • Install Senteo software and activate license.
  • Learn parts of Senteo units (receiver, connections, remotes, etc.).
  • Learn how to use Senteo’s software/hardware components:
Clicker simulator
Senteo manager:
Create class
Add/create survey or quiz
Add tables, images, etc.
Download ready-made survey documents from Word, from web.
Practice with formats that work, those that don’t.
Practice prepping/reformatting downloaded materials for use with Senteo.

  • Discuss Senteo management in classroom or meeting:
Learn how to teach class or group to use Senteo.
Learn how to assign remotes to class or group.
Learn best practices of Senteo management in class or group
Learn best methods of keeping track of equipment: issuing and storing Senteo remotes and suitcases.
Discuss possibilities for Senteo use in classrooms and meetings.

  • Practice the following:
Create class or special group.
Build a survey/quiz using all question types using both text and images.
Create a test/survey/quiz within table group of 4.
Import a quiz or activity from the web or from files.

  • Share a test/survey/quiz made by each participant with entire group, using LinQ software.


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9/21
2008 Professional Learning with PAGE
Creative Arts & Play
Media in School Counseling
Dr. Pam Paisley, Presenter
(No PLUs Offered for 1-Day Institute)
January 14, 2008 – GA Southern
**CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE**
January 25, 2008 – University of Georgia
**CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE**
January 28, 2008 – Macon State University
**CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE**

Five Easy Steps to a
Balanced Science Program
Dr. Lynn Howard, Presenter
(2 PLUs)
June 9 -11, 2008 – Kennesaw State University

Pre-Conference:
Differentiating Instruction
in Mixed-Ability K-12 Classrooms
Dr. Caroline Eidson, Presenter
(2 PLUs)
June 17-19, 2008 – Atlanta Marriott-Gwinnett Place

Practical Strategies
for Powerful K-12 Social Studies
Teaching & Learning
Dr. Raymond Jones, Presenter
(2 PLUs)
July 14 -16, 2008 – University of Georgia

The Professional Learning Institutes are interactive conferences on highly significant topics for educators. GADOE Rule 160-3-3-10 requires
10 contact hours of instruction per PLU. The registration fee includes full breakfast, lunch and institute materials. There is no onsite registration, and registration is limited so register early.

Participants must:
• check website (www.pageinc.org) for registration window
• register on-line; absolutely no on-site registration
• pre-pay by credit card or school system purchase order

2-PLU Institute registration fees:
$150/each, 2/$225, 3/$325, 4/$425 or $475 for a team of five or more

1-Day Institute Registration Fees:
$100/each, 2/$150 or 3/$200

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND ATTEND WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES

9/21
Knowledge Delivery Systems offers 14 ONLINE, SELF-PACED Courses approved for Professional Learning Units (PLUs) by the Georgia Department of Education Office of Professional Development.

KDS Courses include video-based lectures that feature nationally renowned educators. Participants can access the program on-demand (24/7) from any computer with Internet, anytime, anywhere.

FALL COURSES FROM KDS ARE NOW LISTED AT http://redir.targetx.com/cgi-bin/email/redir.cgi?id=0000434214-31600763.

Please contact us for more information at 1-800-728-0032 or email Georgia@kdsi.org.

DETAILS BELOW:

KDS's Online, Self-Paced programs (approved by the GDOE) are open for registration. If you are looking for a convenient way to meet your 10 PLU requirement, please sign up ASAP!

KDS has 14 courses currently available for Georgia Educators - each earns teachers 1 PLU:

- COURSE CODE: D249B7-A5A6 Creating a Successful Classroom, Part I
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-E6C8 NCLB High-Stakes Test Preparation
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-8E60 Becoming an Educational Leader in the 21st Century
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-F6F9 Building Effective Rubrics and Assessments
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-BCA4 Building Relationships with Children from Different Economic Backgrounds
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-2378 Developing Students' Skills for High-Stakes Testing
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-8FCB Failure is Not an Option, Lead your School to Excellence
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-0A51 Special Education in the Regular Classroom
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-9E6B Teaching Diverse Learners
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-1729 Teaching Students from Poverty
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-5C4F Teaching the Diverse Brain
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-16CA Using Vocabulary in Teaching Compare and Contrast
- COURSE CODE: D249B7-4B6B Teaching Gifted Students and Students with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom

Register at http://redir.targetx.com/cgi-bin/email/redir.cgi?id=0000434214-31600763.

The schedule is flexible; programs are online and completely self-paced over over a two-month period (per course). Each course includes 5 topics, each with pre- and post-assessment questions, a summative reflection essay, and optional discussion board participation.

Courses cost $60 each with no materials fee or extra payments. (Pricing valid this semester only! Sign up for multiple self-paced courses back-to-back to accumulate the credits you need at the current low prices.)

To sign up, simply go to http://redir.targetx.com/cgi-bin/email/redir.cgi?id=0000434214-31600763 and register.

If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-728-0032 or via e-mail at Georgia@kdsi.org

9/14
The new CCSD Technology Integration Support Services podcast is here!
To hear CCSD Instructional Tech. Talk, please visit http://ccsdinstructionaltechtalk.wordpress.com/ . Looking ahead, the bi-monthly podcast of educational technology news and tips will also be available at iTunes so you'll be able to listen to it on the go. Enjoy!


9/7 Annenberg
      • MAKE THE MOST OF CONSTITUTION DAY** *
The year Constitution Day is Monday, September 17. As you know, educational institutions receiving funding through the Department of Education are required to participate by holding educational programs pertaining to the U.S. Constitution (find the original announcement in the Federal Register <http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/retrieve.html> volume 70, page 29727).

Consider using the following resources as part of your educational programs:
  • Observe excellent lessons at the high school level in "Making Civics
Real: A Workshop for Teachers"
<http://learner.org/redirect/september/civ6.html>. Be sure to explore the coordinated materials including a lesson collection, student and teacher perspectives, essential readings, and primary source documents (Supreme Court cases).