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Weaving Technology Into Your Classroom

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Participants will explore the world of technology and the use of course- ware using hands-on activities. The course will survey the power of interactive learning systems by reviewing lessons in several disciplines that use technology to enhance learning. Software applications and Internet Sites will be integrated into exploratory lessons created and shared by the participants. Programs will be reviewed that will allow the participants to experience the world of technology and computer applications as students in the learning process. Programs, such as Inspiration, Microsoft Publisher, Print Shop and Microsoft PowerPoint will be explored as well as Web Design and Web Quests. Participants will view research-based programs that have enhanced the learning process. No computer experience is necessary. Participants must have access to the internet to complete assignments and have access to Microsoft Programs above.

WEB QUEST Adventure
(CSC 501)
Participants will explore the concept of web quests and integrate their use within their curriculum using the Standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in subjects of the participants’ choice pre K-12. Make learning an adventure by motivating your students to discover new ideas, think critically and share strategies to solve problems and answer questions. Analyzes web-based quests on-line and adapt them to your own style and grade level. Participants will develop their own Web Quests and share them with their on-line colleagues. No computer experience necessary. Participants must have access to the internet to complete assignments and have access to Microsoft Word.

Project Based Learning K-12
(EDPW 536)
This course examines the educational research and theories in the area of teaching, learning, and human development and how it can be applied to educational practices in classrooms. The focus of the course is on project-based learning and includes the teacher's role and responsibilities in learning, the motivational strategies that support an effective learning environment, and the design of authentic learning experiences. Project-based learning is a philosophy and a practice; it is what we, as educators, believe about education and how we act on those beliefs in the classroom. Participants will explore techniques that encourage students to engage in complex, real-world problem solving that is academically rigorous and relevant to the students' lives. State frameworks will be integrated into projects reviewed and developed by the participants.

Ecological Principals: Problems and Solutions
(EDEV 528)
This course examines several major environmental problems at global, state, and local levels.  Ecological concepts will be discussed as well as the impact of current policies and behaviors on humans, plants, animals, and the environment as a whole.  The course will have a strong focus on possible research based solutions and strategies addressing these issues on varying scales. 

Bullying K-12:  An Educators Responsibility
(EDE 533)
  Bulling is one of the most important issues facing our families, schools, communities, and society today.  This course will help educators better understand the issue of bullying and develop strategies for addressing bullying in their schools.  Each participant will walk away with a wealth of resources that are user friendly for classroom activities, explore legal issues and the necessary elements of a comprehensive school strategy plan for preventing bullying.  
This is a course designed for elementary, middle school, and high school classroom teachers, guidance counselors, special education teachers and school administrators. 

Integrating Technology in the Reading Classroom
This focus of this course is integrating technology throughout the PreK-12 Reading program. Strategies and resources for using multimedia equipment, software, and the Internet in reading and content area classrooms are explored. Some basic knowledge of computers and reading instruction is expected.

Differentiating Instruction: Ways of Teaching…Ways of Knowing
(EDPW 534)
This course will enhance the participants' understanding of how to better meet the needs of different learners. Participants will examine the characteristics of a differentiated classroom; learn how to frame instruction around concepts and essential understandings; identify techniques for differentiating content, process, and product; and explore how to differentiate on the basis of students' readiness, interest, and learning profile. Participants will also reflect on their beliefs and practices relative to differentiation, read and analyze examples of differentiated learning activities, and design a differentiated activity.

Cooperative Learning Strategies
(EDPW 534)
This course will give information about what cooperative learning is and how it can be used effectively and successfully in a classroom at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. The focus is to gain an understanding of the strengths and the weakness of this method and improve individual critical thinking on the implementation of this method. Students will identify how cooperative learning can be promoted, what cooperative learning's potential is for changing how learning takes place, how children interact with one another, and how individual educators can become more reflective about implementing cooperative learning.

Using PowerPoint To Enhance K-12
This Course is designed for the K-12 educator who would like to teach through visual communication and present material to students using all the techniques of PowerPoint.  The goal is to connect your academic content using all the up-to-date tools, music, and your own digital photos that the program offers.  All course work projects will be created in your discipline.

Integrating Computer Tech Through The Use of Multi Media Learning
This course focuses on the integration of computer technology within the K-12 curriculum using both national and state curriculum frameworks.  Participants will design and produce multimedia materials for effective teaching and learning in their chosen subject.  Software programs will aid the participants in creating effective instructional presentations.  This course is highly recommended for those participants new to or beginning technology in their classrooms, as well as those with computer experience.

Legal Knowledge: What Every Educator Needs To Know
Teachers and administrators must know the laws that govern the operation and conduct of their organizations as they face a highly litigious society. This course is a study of the relevant legal principles that affect the operation, organization, and administration of American schools. Teachers and administrators will gain knowledge about legal issues that will help them in effectively performing their professional duties within the boundaries of constitutional, statutory, and case law.

Family Literacy
This course explores recent research related to family literacy and home-school literacy partnerships. The course includes the influence of family literacy on children’s literacy development and academic success, the ways school and teacher practices can influence parent involvement in all children’s literacy learning, strategies for assisting families in improving literacy skills, and models of home-school literacy partnerships.

Essential Elements To Strengthen Student Writing
This course will focus on how to apply the 6 Trait model to the process of teaching and evaluating writing. You will learn how to enhance student writing using the six traits: ideas, content, organization, voice, word choice, and conventions. Participants will examine how the 6 Trait model connects to their current writing program and reflect on ways to strengthen their teaching and student writing using the 6 Traits.

Internet Basics for Educators: What Students and Teachers Should Know
This course will provide educators with general background information about
the Internet, use of browsers, search engines and directories, Internet
safety, advanced searching, website evaluation, anatomy of URL’s,
understanding your school's AUP policies, copyright and fair use issues,
basics of email and netiquette.

Improving Home/School Communication
Participants will explore some of the major issues involving the importance of home-school connections and how educators can influence this relationship with their own students’ families and those of the families within their school. Schools and families share an integral role in the success of students/children and strengthening these roles for the purpose improving student learning will be the focus of this course.

Math Across the Curriculum
(MTH 501)
Participants will have the opportunity to understand the methodologies necessary to teach math at all levels. Participants will explore the internet, complete reading assignments, and hands-on activities. The participants will have the opportunity to use this new found knowledge to develop new and exciting lesson/s that can be used in your classes the next day. Participants will read and review specific readings from the internet and other resources that will allow them to have a better understanding of how to teach math across the curriculum. Participants will complete independent research and write a research paper, utilizing resources stated in course assignments. Course assignments will reflect the level of students you are teaching.

Standards-Based Student Assessment
Participants in this course will develop their: understanding of foundational concepts related to student assessment; ability to implement performance-based assessment; ability to create tests from a table of specifications (test blueprint); ability to implement formative assessment; methods for assigning student grades; understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of standardized testing.  The purpose of this course is to equip teachers with the understanding, skills and attitudes necessary to implement standards-based assessment for and of learning that continually improves student understanding and skills.  It will help teachers support and verify learning through assessment.

The School Counselor in the Classroom: Transitioning Students from School to Career
This course is provided to counselors who are preparing various levels of students to transition from school to career. Participants will develop lessons that can be implemented individually, or in a group setting, that are consistent with the national and state models of comprehensive school counseling programs across the country. Participants will have the opportunity to design a PowerPoint presentation, develop a web site, and use technology to facilitate school to career planning to all level of learners. This course is open to anyone who is interested in enhancing their presentations with techniques that will bring boundless learning to their students. Course assignments will reflect the level of students that they are teaching and work with.

The Vocational Classroom: Preparing the Adolescent to Transition From School to Career in the 21 Century
(EDPW 537)
This course is provided to vocational instructors who are preparing various levels of students in their vocational shops with the ability to transition from school to career in the 21st Century. Participants will develop lessons plans that can be implemented in their related class setting, that are consistent with the national and state models of vocational programs across the country. Participants will have the opportunity to design a PowerPoint presentation, develop a web site, and use technology to facilitate school to career planning for the high school student. This course is open to anyone who is interested in enhancing their class room presentations with up-dated techniques that will bring boundless learning to their students. Completed course assignments will reflect the levels of students that they are teaching and working with.

Counselor's Toolbox: A Developmental Approach to Guidance
(EDPV 549)
This course is designed for Guidance Counselors, Teachers, Adjustment Counselors, School Psychologists, and Administrators who want to update and/or share their best practices. A wide variety of topics will be studied, including but not limited to mental health/support networking, academic success strategies, time management, stress management, relaxation techniques, test anxiety, self- esteem, classroom etiquette & anti bullying, peer pressure & decision making, community service & mentoring, and  college & career readiness.