½ Day Courses
Classroom Management with Computers
Teachers often spend a lot of time thinking about and planning classroom management strategies for classes in general, but bringing computers into the classroom presents a new set of challenges of which many teachers are not aware. This course will examine those new challenges and provide strategies for dealing with them by planning ahead. Teachers will leave with a technology management plan.
This course helps teachers to avoid unintentional plagiarism and model good digital citizenship for students. It will show teachers where and how to find copyright free images and music, as well demonstrate how to model citing sources. There will be discussions on the law of fair use and its implications, the dangers of social technology, and safeguards that can be used to protect students and teachers when using social technologies.
1 Day Courses
Do-It-Yourself Interactive Whiteboard Board
Interactive Whiteboards can make any lesson more engaging when used effectively. However, the price is nearly prohibitive for many schools. Using a remote for the Nintendo Wii acting as an infrared camera, any projector can become a touch screen. This workshop goes over how to setup and use the interactive whiteboard system in the morning and then goes over best practices for teaching with the interactive whiteboard and websites where resources can be found. Add $100 for each desired set of equipment that can be installed in a classroom. Teachers will leave with at least 1 fully completed lesson plan.
Introduction to Moodle Workshop
Moodle is an amazing free tool that can be used to improve and augment instruction. It allows teachers to extend their classroom by having an online classroom as well. This lets students work together and learn from each other. There are discussion forums, assignment submission, and so much more. This workshop goes over the social constructivist philosophy behind Moodle, shows teachers the potential of Moodle to dramatically increase and improve communication in the classroom, and go over the basics of how to use it. I am also available to help system administrators install and configure Moodle on a school server if the school wants to do so.
Google Academy – Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Sites), Reader, Earth, Scholar, Books, Contacts, and Gmail
Google offers an outstanding suite of free tools for education that can help students to learn on their own and learn from each other. There are several research tools as well as collaborative tools that help students to work together more effectively. This workshop goes over each of the main tools and provides examples and best practices for using them in the classroom. Teachers will leave with at least 1 fully completed lesson plan.
Digital storytelling can be used in any subject and is an excellent medium for allowing students to think critically while maintaining some creative control. This class can be setup for Mac with iMovie or PC with Windows Movie Maker. We will also demonstrate Voicethread and xtranormal.com, free online applications for digital storytelling, and Photostory 3, a free program only available on Windows computers. Teachers will leave with 1 fully developed lesson plan and an example digital story that they created.
Social Media for Schools
Social media can be an incredibly powerful tool for communication, both with students and with the wider community. Utilizing social media effectively can help keep students safe online and help them to learn in a motivating, interactive manner. It can remove the limits of the school day and building. Social media can help educators to connect with and harness the great power of parents and the community at large. Furthermore, it can be one of the most powerful tools for helping teachers to grow professionally.
Open-Source Tools for Education
Open-source is a movement in technology where the community of users creates programs and offers them for free to others who want to use them. The users are also free to change them however they want to. There are countless open-source tools in every area. Using open-source tools can save a school literally thousands of dollars in programs and licenses every year. The specific tools used and demonstrated with the teachers will be decided in conjunction with the needs of the school (also available as a 3 day in-service).
Introduction to Podcasting/Ways to Use iPods in the Classroom
Podcasting is an activity that students can participate in to influence the world around them and learn more about subjects they are interested in. This class goes over how to make an audio podcast, a video podcast (or vodcast), how to upload it to websites so other people can find, and how to find other people’s podcasts to use for personal or class enrichment. Also, teachers will see how iPods, specifically the iPod Touch, can be used in instructional settings and resources will be provided. Teachers will make a podcast of their own to experience the type of work that their students will be doing.
Problem-Based Lesson Planning
Research shows that problem-based lesson plans are more effective than many other models. Participants will learn about the philosophy behind problem-based lessons, work through examples created by other teachers, and make their own problem-based lesson units. These lessons can meet several standards simultaneously and usually take several class periods to effectively complete.
Microsoft Office Beginners Series
This class is designed for teachers with limited skills in Microsoft’s productivity suite which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This course can be tailored for Windows or Mac computers. About 2 hours will be spent on each tool and users will become proficient with all 3 by the end of the workshop.
Advanced Excel with Formulas
This course is designed for teachers who understand the basics of Microsoft Excel. It will help teachers to understand the concepts behind writing formulas in Excel, how they work, and the educational benefits of using formulas. Teachers will leave with at least 1 completed template that they can use with their students. Templates created will be shared among the teachers.
Web 2.0 Tools – Tools tailored to the needs of the audience
Web 2.0 tools are part of the Read/Write web; they make the Internet interactive. This class will highlight several of the best Web 2.0 tools and demonstrate their instructional efficacy. Teachers will have time to use each tool to determine what will work best in their classrooms. Teachers will leave with a well-rounded knowledge of Web 2.0 tools and at least 1 completed lesson plan. This is a shortened version of the 3 day course and will be tailored to meet the instructional needs of the teachers.
Blogging for Students and Teachers
Blogging is an incredibly powerful mechanism for reflection, thought, powerful writing, and stimulating conversation. Teachers can make use of this to connect with educators all over the world, as well as parents and other stakeholders. It helps promote reflection, professional learning, and transparency. Teachers can also help students to blog to help them reflect on what they have learned, interact more with their peers, connect with experts, and discover their voice and passion.
Wikis are extremely powerful tools that can increase community and communication in the classroom. They are student centered tools that help students to effectively work together. Teachers will be working with Wikispaces and other free tools. Teachers will leave with their own wiki or a written plan for using it in their classrooms.
Personal Learning Network – Blogs, RSS Aggregators, Podcasting Tools, Social Bookmarks, and Social Networking (if allowed in school district)
The Internet has tools that can really change the way that we learn. Teachers will learn about social bookmarking, the processing of sharing great websites, find blogs that can help learn more about what they do, find podcasts on subjects they are interested in, and learn how to network with other teachers online through social networks. Teachers will develop a personal learning network by locating resources that can help them to improve professionally.
Create Effective Online Professional Development With Moodle
This class uses Moodle as a framework to create self-paced professional development activities and courses for teachers. The class will focus on planning, how to make tutorials, and how to focus teachers on specific objectives to make the best use of the online professional development. This course builds on the 3 day course on delivering and planning instruction with Moodle and it is recommended that participants take that class first.
3 Day Courses
Delivering and Planning Instruction with Moodle – Best Practices
Moodle is one of the best tools to ever come out of the open-source community. It can provide more features and options than Blackboard, which entails far greater costs to a school district. There is always something new to learn in Moodle because new features are constantly being added. This intensive workshop will help teachers to learn how to plan lessons in Moodle, use all of the built-in features (examples are discussion forums, glossaries, wikis, etc…), and use Moodle to drastically improve the communication and community in their classroom. Teachers will also create their first Moodle course to use with their students. This class is recommended to be taken during the summer or at the beginning of the school year so that the Moodle courses can be used by the students right away; they will not have to relearn new procedures after the teacher decides to implement partway through the year. Teachers will leave with a fully planned and working online course shell, either on the school district’s server or on free online hosting.
Microsoft Office Academy – Beginner to Expert in 3 days
This workshop is designed for beginning to intermediately skilled teachers in Microsoft Office, which includes Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. This class can be tailored to either Windows or Mac environments. 1 day will be spent on each program. Some of the beginning of each day may be repetitive for those with experience with Microsoft Office. After 3 6-hour intensives, participants will have advanced knowledge of all 3 programs.
ICT Certification Class
In the state of TN, each district has to have a plan to get all of their teachers ICT certified. ICT refers to information and communications technology. A principal is allowed to certify someone that they believe to be fully qualified. Participants will develop several types of research based lesson plans, learn about the prevailing theories in educational technology, and learn to use valuable technological tools with their students. A record of all work will be kept for up to three years by jasontbedell.com and only teachers who meet all requirements will receive a certificate of recommendation to the principal.
Web 2.0 Tools – Voicethread, Glogster, Ning, Ask 500 People, Wordle, Social Bookmarking, Wikis, and Blogs
Web 2.0 tools are part of the Read/Write web; they make the Internet interactive. This class will highlight several of the best Web 2.0 tools and demonstrate their instructional efficacy. Teachers will have time to use each tool to determine what will work best in their classrooms. Teachers will leave with a well-rounded knowledge of Web 2.0 tools and at least 1 completed lesson plan.
Professional Development 2.0
Professional Development 2.0 helps enable educators to take control of their own learning and growth. It follows the plan laid out in the eBook Professional Development 2.0. Participants will start to build their own personal learning networks through social networking, social bookmarking, blogging, and more.
Course catalog is subject to change.