Mar-20

Hop into Spring Learning 🐇 with free REMC Virtual Courses, earn 10 free SCECHs

Springtime is finally here! Time to enroll in a free REMC Virtual Course and earn 10 free SCECHs.

Our Virtual Courses make it easy to keep up with your professional learning.  These courses offer an easy, convenient way for teachers to connect and collaborate while reducing time and cost. Our courses are available throughout the school year and are open to all Michigan school personnel. Best of all, our courses are *free* and offer free 10 SCECHs when completed.

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Nine courses are offered every month. Each course is open for three weeks and consists of two (2) one-hour “live” webinars that are recorded and available for viewing later, and eight (8) hours of resource review, assessment developments and written reflection. There are no registration or SCECH fees because REMC SAVE partners provide support for all REMC professional learning opportunities.

April 2020  Course Information
April courses begin on Monday, April 6.  The deadline for registration is Friday, April 3.  

Courses descriptions are provided below. If you have questions or need further assistance with your course registration, please contact the REMC Event Coordinator.


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Assessment Tools for the Classroom
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Formative Assessment is an essential part of the learning process leading to student success. Using Formative Assessment, teachers involve students in ongoing self-assessment so they are aware of expectations, gauge where they are in their learning, and then adjust to close the gap between them. Learn about digital tools to support this process. Explore and use quiz and polling tools, interactive and video assessments, portfolios, interactive lessons, and online bulletin boards. Leave with new tools to engage and assist your students in taking responsibility for their learning and achievement.

Coding in the Classroom
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Coding is becoming an essential classroom skill. It inspires critical thinking, engages students' problem-solving skills and promotes creativity. By combining coding and technology to tell stories and create, STEM becomes STEAM! Teachers and students can learn to code using several introductory coding programs designed for K-12 students. We will introduce several free coding platforms, hardware, plus teaching strategies and lessons so that participants will be comfortable coding by the course conclusion.

Multimedia Tools to Engage Students
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Participants will learn about technology tools that help students communicate their ideas creatively and clearly, and that demonstrates their knowledge and competency skills. Experience how the application of digital animation and video tools can enhance your lessons and engage your students. Expand the opportunities for creative communication, collaboration, and expression while meeting Michigan Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS).  Experience and try-out free multimedia resources that present opportunities for building digital portfolios and as an assessment that demonstrates learning. Explore free media creation options that students can use to create digital artifacts. 

OER to Support Early Literacy
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, high quality, openly licensed educational tools that can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. Participants will learn about, explore, and implement OERs to support early literacy initiatives. These resources may include Read Aloud, Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, Letter/Sound Recognition, and Emergent Writing Tools; Tools for Enhancing Dramatic Play; Lesson, Unit, and Project Plans; Screening and Assessment Tools; Early Childhood Books in the Public Domain; Interactive Simulations and Game-based Learning Programs; Online Course Curricula and Professional Learning Programs (for teacher support); and Tools for Supporting ELL and Special Populations. Additionally, the course will build upon the Michigan Department of Education's Essential Instructional Practices for Early Literacy.

Social Media: Professional Development through Social Media, Level 1
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Build comfort and confidence using social media for professional purposes. Explore and discover a range of social media tools and platforms to build a stronger, larger professional network. Optimize a network to support professional growth and develop new instructional ideas. Participants are introduced to tools for professional and instructional purposes and encouraged to choose and explore a few specific ones more deeply.  Learn about tools such as Twitter and Google. Reap the benefits of blogging and commenting. Excellent course for people new to social media or those who use social media for work.

Inquiry and Questioning: Igniting Student Curiosity with Technology, Level 1
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Students who ask questions engage themselves in learning to find answers. It is the simplest and most effective way of learning. Learn the importance of asking questions. Explore how to nurture a culture of curiosity in the classroom by helping students formulate great questions in their learning. Integrate technology to ignite and sustain critical thinking. Leave with a toolbox and lesson plans focused on inquiry and technology integration.

The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, openly licensed, high-quality tools that allow users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them for educational purposes. In this course, participants will:

  • Build an understanding of OERs.   
  • Discover ways to use OER to differentiate instruction.
  • Learn where to find free image and audio resources, online books, videos, audiobooks, interactive simulations, game-based learning, lesson plans, textbooks, online courses, and much more.
  • Explore how to use OER to develop or enhance a unit, lesson, or project to meet the diverse needs of learners.
  • Share resources and collaborate across geographic boundaries to ensure learners have equitable access to up-to-date and innovative materials.

Participants create an authentic lesson, unit, or project that uses an OER to enhance student learning. Participants also develop a plan for creating an OER that fills an unmet need in their professional practice.

Design Thinking made Practical
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Design Thinking is a practical methodology that provides innovative approaches to critical thinking and in-depth inquiry using STEM, STEAM, Inquiry-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, and other structures. The program emphasizes standards-based authenticity and using the student's voice. Design Thinking is a highly optimistic mindset that brings a human element of support to students, teachers, and administrators in the variety of challenges that face them. Gain an understanding of Design Thinking and the Design Process used to create and evolve ideas. Craft learning experiences based on design thinking.

Deeper Learning through Developing Master Students of Collaboration and Communication
April 6 | 10 SCECHs

Collaboration and communication are critical life skills used at home, school, and work. Teach students how to use these skills to succeed at home and in school. Improve classroom management as students take ownership of learning in partnership with teachers. The course is designed to promote positive change in instructional practice and support teamwork.
 

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