Saturday, July 18, 2015

Completed Course Work from Five Star Academy

Successful Online Learning (FREE). If you’re someone who is not comfortable with the concept of eLearning or the use of technology, then this course is designed just for you. You will have the opportunity to work through the most basic of basics: setting up and writing a blog, maneuvering through an online course discussion, and navigating Google Chrome. This course is slightly different than the others in the Learning on Demand series; there is a facilitator who provides you with feedback! The course is still self-directed, but you will have a mentor available to confirm that you are completing tasks correctly. This course will provide a solid foundation for working through any facilitated Five-Star Academy course. (8 PGPs) Course Series - Connected Educator Series Course Type - Learning On Demand (Self-Directed) Foundations of Data-Rich Decision Making. This introductory course is designed to familiarize participants with how data can be used to make decisions in education. It begins by providing participants with a solid understanding of data points used in schools today. Teachers, coaches, and administrators will explore ways to implement data and maximize their impact in their professional setting. (18 PGPs) Course Series - Connected Educator Series Course Type - Learning On Demand (Self-Directed) Defining the Digital Difference. This self-directed course is designed to provide participants with a very brief introduction to technology use in education. Content includes an introduction to SAMR, rationale for using technology in the classroom, and ways curriculum may change when technology is introduced. This five-module course requires approximately three hours to complete. (3 PGPs) Course Series - Connected Educator Series Course Type - Learning On Demand (Self-Directed) Introduction to Blended and Online Teaching (Facilitated). This course provides an in-depth exploration of the foundational aspects of using technology in the classroom. Participants will learn about the SAMR model, digital citizenship, curation, digital tools, and more. Individuals who complete the course will have a strong understanding of why educators must shift their mindset in order to reach students in the 21st Century. Course 1 in the Connected Educator series. Course Series - Connected Educator Series Course Type - Facilitated

Professional Growth Points/July 18, 2015

Introduction to Blended and Online Teaching (iBOT) covered virtual strategies, tools, and best practices for K-12 educators. All content was delivered virtually and content was available asynchronously. Each participant spent up to five hours each week reading, discussing, and creating content specific to the course, and received 40 professional growth points (PGPs) for their efforts. iBOT was initially offered through a strategic partnership between the Indiana Department of Education's Office of eLearning and Five-Star Technology Solutions. The IDOE Office of eLearning purchased a seat for one teacher in every corporation in order to help increase the capacity for teaching digitally in every school system in the state of Indiana.