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Flexible PD mini-courses Milaca 2018-2019

Looking to grow your technology integration this year? How about learn some different instructional practices to help increase student learning? Want to use Flex-PD time to do that? Don’t want to go to a Conference? Want to do most of the work during time that works best for you?

Try one of these Flexible PD Mini-Courses offered this year:

2018-2019 Courses

Hacking School Culture Book Study

The first book study will begin December 3

Assistive Technology

Starts Monday, Jan. 7

“Assistive technology helps people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, and many other things. Different disabilities require different assistive technologies.” In this mini-course we will learn about and investigate technology apps and tools which help reduce barriers in instruction; provide appropriate accommodations; supports, challenge, and maintain high achievement expectations for all students; and assist students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient.

Course agenda: Participants in this class will receive a 15-30 minute video to watch each week which deals with each of the topics listed below. Participants will then be expected to try out each of the strategies in their own classes and share their reflections and ideas online with the group. There will be a final face-to-face meeting at the end of the course.

  • Text to Speech and Speech to Text
  • Readability and Reading Comprehension
  • Navigation Tools
  • Read&Write

Diving Deep with SAMR

Will begin the week of Feb. 4

SAMR (7.5 hours) - SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. It a model for integrating technology into your lessons and teaching which create engaging and empowering learning experiences for students. In this mini-course we will discuss the model and what teaching and learning looks like at each level. We will then work to integrate technology at higher levels into lessons we already teach or that we would like to teach. Course agenda: Face to Face introduction and practice (1 hour); Independent planning and implementation (3 hours); Online discussions/activities on Google Classroom (2 hours), Saturday, Face to Face Collaboration and Sharing (1 hour); Reflection 1/2 hour.

Google Level 1 Certification

Coming soon!!!!!!!!!

Here were courses offered in 2017-2018

If any sound interesting to you, contact Jeremy and he will see about offering the course again

Teach Like a Pirate - Book Study

Second Semester Offering - Starting Week of February 12th

Teach Like a Pirate (7.5 hours) - "Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates." - Mark Twain. Teach Like a Pirate is a book written by Dave Burgess. Using the acronym PIRATE (Passion, Immersion, Rapport, Ask & Analyze, Transformation, and Enthusiasm) Burgess gives many practical ideas that can be used by any educator to help inspire teachers to Increase Student Engagement, Boost Creativity, and Transform you life as an Educator. This mini-course will be a 6 week book study. You must furnish/purchase your own copy of the book. A link to Amazon will be provided when you register.

  • 4.5 - 5 hours of independent reading
  • 2 hours of online discussion and reflection
  • 1/2 hour Face-To-Face final discussion/reflection meeting
  • 1/2 hour FlexPD reflection

Please register by Friday, February 2 to ensure you are able to get a copy of the book. Course begins the week of February 12.

Losing Control? with Gradual Release of Responsibility

Second Semester Offering - Starting week of March 5

GRR (7.5 hours) The Gradual Release of Responsibility model of instruction stipulates that the teacher moves from assuming all the responsibility for performing a task… to a situation in which the students assume all of the responsibility. This course will begin with a Face-To-Face meeting, then allow teachers on their own to plan, implement, and reflect upon using the GRR Model in their classrooms.

  • 1 hour of initial Face-To-Face meeting (dates and times to be determined by participants)
  • 4 hours of planning, implementing, and reflection upon using the GRR model in classroom
  • 1 hour of peer observation of other teachers using GRR (may be done using a video)
  • 1 hour of final Face-To-Face meeting for discussion and reflection (dates and times to be determined by participants)
  • 1/2 hour FlexPD final reflection

Please Register by February 28, 2018. Course begins week of March 5.

Become A Connected Educator with Social Media

Second Semester Offering - Starting week of April 2

Connected Educator (7.5 hours) - Think that Social Media is simply a way to tell people you are having coffee or stuck in traffic? Heck no! Used effectively Social Media can be used by educators to explore and expand their professional development and classroom activities! This class will introduce you to various Social Media used by educators. You can get help setting up accounts, find people to follow who are interested in the same areas of education as you are, and find educational resources you can bring to the students in the your classroom.

  • This course will meet Face to Face 3 times for 1 hour each (before or after school - dates determined by those who register).
  • There will be 1 hour of participating in a Twitter chat.
  • 3 hours will spent on your own using Social Media to explore and build a Professional Learning Network (PLN)
  • 1/2 hour FlexPD Reflection.

Please Register by Wednesday, March 28. Course begins the week of April 2.

Diving Deep with SAMR

First Semester Offering.

Original image comes via @justlego101

SAMR (7.5 hours) - SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. It a model for integrating technology into your lessons and teaching which create engaging and empowering learning experiences for students. In this mini-course we will discuss the model and what teaching and learning looks like at each level. We will then work to integrate technology at higher levels into lessons we already teach or that we would like to teach.

  • Face to Face introduction and practice (2 hours); Independent planning and implementation (2 hours); Online discussions/activities on Google Classroom (1.5 hours), Saturday, Face to Face Collaboration and Sharing (2 hours)
  • Course begins with face to face meeting. You have two choices (attend one) for the face to face: Thursday, Nov. 2 from 3:20-5:20 or Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Room 218 (new addition). We will set the date of the second face to face at these meetings.
  • Please register by Wednesday, November 1.

Creating and Using Flexible Learning Spaces

First Semester Offering

original photo by Jeremy Mikla

Flexible Learning Spaces (7.5 hours) - “Flexible learning spaces are designed to be multidisciplinary and communal spaces, which can be configured in a number of ways for specific learning experiences. This means they provide opportunities for people to work together in new ways.” State of Victoria, Australia Department of Education. The transformation to a flexible learning space is not just physical, but also philosophical. In this mini-course we will research and read articles about the rationale behind such spaces and how to innovate our spaces within budgetary constraints. This course is highly recommended for those teachers in the new addition, but is open to everyone who is ready to change “where” students learn.

  • Independent Readings (1.5 hours); Face to Face Discussions and planning (2 hours); Online discussions/activities on Google Classroom (2 hours); Face to Face Implementation and Sharing (2 hours)
  • The first face to face meeting will be Saturday, December 2. Reading will need to be completed before that date. We will set the second face to face at this meeting.
  • Please register by Monday, November 27.

Innovator's Mindset Book Study

First Semester Offering

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Innovator’s Mindset (7.5 hours) - “Change is an Opportunity to do Something Amazing.” George Couros. The Innovator’s Mindset is a book written by George Couros. Innovation is doing something that is new and better. This amazing book takes that concept and applies it to teaching and learning in the 21st Century. This mini-course will be a book study that follows and mimics the global Innovator’s Mindset MOOC (Massive Open Online Community).

  • Independent Reading (approx. 4 hours); Online discussions/activities on Google Classroom (2.5 hours); Face to Face debrief of book and discussion/sharing (1 hour)
  • The book study will begin on Monday, October 16. This is when the first activities and discussion questions will be sent out. Participants will decide on the date/time for debrief after finishing the book and activities/discussions.
  • Participants are responsible for the cost of their book. It may be possible to get a group discount.
  • Please register by Friday, October 6.

Please feel free to contact Jeremy Mikla with any questions or suggestions: jeremy.mikla@milaca.k12.mn.us

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