It’s hard to believe, but this week marks the end of our summer tele classes. The final two classes of the summer are interactive whiteboard workshops- some of our most popular! Thursday is our last beginning SMART Board classs (Level I) of the season, followed by Friday’s beginning Promethean ActivBoard class (also Level I). Our fall and spring classes will be lined up soon, so keep a look-out for those topics and dates.
Best Practices in ActivBoard Flipchart Lessons is taking place today in the tele. In this new, advanced class, participants are learning how to create interactive Flipchart lesson activities based on curriculum standards and best practices scoring guides. They will share their final work with other educators in the class, and put their work up on Promethean Planet. Right now, the lab is quiet as they look for resources to add to the lessons! Virtual Learning Center Director Nancy George is teaching today’s Level 3 workshop at Cooperating School Districts.
The following TELE classes are coming up in the next few weeks- make sure you register today if you haven’t already!
• Transforming Learning with a Promethean ActivBoard (Level 1 Training)
November 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $149 CSD member; $189 non-member (No Credit Available) Come learn how to use the Promethean ActivBoard and the ActivInspire software in your classroom. In this class, you’ll discover how to locate hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the ActivBoard and become familiar with features such as Focus tools, Power tools and the Resource Browser that make your lessons more interactive. This class is for beginners.
• Digital Media w/Flip Cameras November 9 & 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.; $189 non-member (One Grad. Credit Available) Learn how to take quick videos, upload them to your computer and use them for classroom or personal use. Discover how easy it is to share your videos online, through email, or e-card. Also learn how to effectively remove an image from the video segments using the Flip software. In this class, participants will learn how to convert videos using ZamZar. By the end of the class, you will be FLIPPING with lots of great ideas to use in your classroom instruction. Bring your own Flip camera or borrow one from us!
• Creating Activboard Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students (Level 2 Training) November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $149 CSD member; $189 non-member (One Grad. Credit Available) Do you already have a Promethean ActivBoard and consider yourself a user? This intermediate class is for you! Come learn the advanced features of the ActivInspire and create flipcharts. You’ll be able to create your own usable ActivBoard lesson, either from scratch or by tweaking a downloaded lesson. Prerequisite: beyond basic knowledge of ActivInspire or Level 1 Promethean class.
Great news to share!! The Boeing Company awarded Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, Inc. (CSD), a $35,000 grant to the Virtual Learning Center (VLC) to continue professional development for K-12 teachers & administrators, with a focus on researched strategies for using technology in the classroom!
Over the past two years, The Boeing Company awarded CSD nearly $80,000 to impact student achievement through the use of engaging technology and hands-on learning.The grant provided ongoing facilitation from nationally-known technology experts to teams of three educators from over 40 school districts in the greater St. Louis area. More than 2,000 teachers and administrators have benefited from participating in professional development addressing the following tech integration areas: Web 2.0; Interactive White Boards; and Concept Mapping Tools.
Due to the successful outcomes of the past two years, The Boeing Company made a commitment to continue funding this project during the 2008-2009 school year. The third year focus will be for teams to design, implement and share lesson plans that integrate technology & improve student achievement. The Virtual Learning Center is grateful to the Boeing Company for their commitment to teacher professional development and student achievement!
Due to high demand, we’ve added SMART Board and Promethean classes to the tele summer schedule! St. Louis area teachers, if you are interested, sign up fast– these classes fill up very quickly. You will receive a confirmation letter prior to the class to confirm your enrollment. If you do not get a letter, or have other tele questions, contact Joan Forrest at firstname.lastname@example.org. To figure out which class is best for you, please read full descriptions here. If you want to know why other educators love interactive whiteboards, visit this link.
NOW AVAILABLE!Thursday, July 24th – Transforming Learning with a SMART Board/ 9 am – 4 pm/ $125 CSD member, $195 non-member
NOW AVAILABLE! Thursday, July 29th – Transforming Learning with a Promethean Activboard/ 9 am – 4 pm/ $125 CSD member, $195 non-member(Only a few spaces open)
NOW AVAILABLE! Monday, August 4th – Creating SMART Board Lessons to Engage and Motivate Students/ 9 am – 4 pm/ $125 CSD member, $195 non-member (Only a few spaces open)