Thursday, April 27, 2017

Send yourself to code camp this summer!

Resources for teaching kids to code!

June Online Classes with Openings
Featured Course - Teaching K-12 Coding and Computational Thinking
Teaching Beginners to Code
Tech Tip: MIT Open Courseware
Featured Resource - Eportfolio Project Rubric

Editor: Shannnon Mersand
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June Online Courses with Openings

Featured Course

Learn how to teach computer coding and design instructional activities that solve real-world problems.

Teaching Beginners to Code

Code.org

Code.org is the first stop in teaching beginners to code. The founder of the Hour of Code, Code.org is a nonprofit organization with a mission to teach as many people as possible about computer science. With resources to teach, learn and inspire people to learn about computer science, it is a one stop shop to get started with computer programming.

CS Unplugged

Computer Science Unplugged is an outstanding, free resource to help teach computational thinking skills without the need for technology! They offer videos, tutorials and activities. They also offer a free downloadable book as well as translations of activities in multiple languages.

Teaching Kids to Code

Edutopia has gathered a wealth of articles to help you get started teaching students to code. From the why to the how, learn how educators all over the world are tying coding into their curriculum.

Kodable: Teach Kids to Code

Kodable created this infographic about why we should teach children to code

Teaching Computer Programming

Khan Academy offers this fantastic resource to guide you in teaching computer programming in the classroom and in out-of-school programs.

Featured Resource - Eportfolio Rubric



Tech Tip: MIT Open Courseware


MIT Open Courseware offers their computer science courses online.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Summer Online Courses at UW-Stout

Summer Time and the learning is engaging:

Hurry! Starting Soon! Enroll Today!




EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/flippedclassroom.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman

EDUC 656 Bullying in Schools
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/safeschool.cfm
Instructor Shannon Mersand

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/elearning.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/assessonlineclass.cfm
Instructor: Maggie Rouman

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning  

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/onlineclass.cfm
Instructor: Dr.MaryRuth Hicks

Comprehensive List of All Summer Courses: 

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Top Tech Tools for Online Instructors

    In This Issue

    Summer Classes Are Filling Quickly – What’s New
    Our Instructors Favorite Tech Tools for Creativity
    Tech Tip: Finding the Right Tech Tools
    Featured Resource: Video Project Rubric
    Editor: Shannnon Mersand
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    Start Planning Your Summer Course Schedule

    Top Tech Tools

    Check out the creativity tech tools our team of online instructors uses and recommends.


    “Canva has become my favorite go-to tool for creating professional quality collaborative graphics from infographics to invitations, newsletters, and posters.”
    - Shannon Mersand
    Canva is a free web-based graphic design app that allows you to design presentations, social media graphics, infographics, menus, posters and more. Additional features can be purchased. Canva works on all platforms.

    “I love Adobe Spark. It's an easy tool for creating videos, basic portfolios and infographics.”
    - Maggie Rouman
    Adobe Spark is a free web-based graphic design app that allows you to create social graphics, web stories and animated videos. Adobe Spark works on all platforms.

    “Visio is great for diagrams and to bring an image or a word/phrase from Word and save it as a .gif for icons or other purposes.”
    - Jane MacKenzie
    Visio is a fee-based diagramming program connected with Microsoft Office and Office 365 that allows you to create robust data-linked diagrams. Visio is available for Windows 7 and above.

    "Audacity is a neat free app for recording and editing sound when introducing modules, adding commentary to web pages, and providing audio feedback to a student.”
    - James Erbe
    Audacity is a free, open source, downloadable program that allows you to create and edit simple and multi-track audio files. Audacity works on all platforms.

    “This is useful when creating podcasts and embedding audio in our courses. Free accounts provide 180 minutes of audio storage.”
    - Dennis T. O'Connor
    SoundCloud is a free hosting platform for audio files. You are able to create a global audience or share your files with only specific individuals. You can also create a SoundCloud of your favorite podcast and musicians. Additional features and storage space can be purchased. Playlists work on all platforms.

    Flipgrid
    “I can make a short video and then send the link to students. Students may ask questions, and it works well with complex project assignments to help reduce confusion.”
    - Dr. Mary Beth Crum
    Flipgrid is a free web-based platform that allows you to create a discussion where participants respond in video format from their laptop, iOS or Android device. Additional features can be purchased. Flipgrid works on all platforms.

    “I live by Jing and screencasting for giving student feedback.”
    - Susan Manning, Ed.D.
    Jing is a free downloadable app that allows you to create unedited screencasts of up to 5 minutes, as well as mark up images and save them locally or host the image on Screencast.com for easy sharing.

    “I use Screencastify for creating videos. It's a Chrome extension that allows you to screencast then upload to Google Drive and/or YouTube.”
    - Maggie Rouman
    Screencastify is a free app for use with Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and the Chrome Browser. Additional features can be purchased. Screencastify works on all platforms that can run the Chrome browser.

    FastStone Capture 
    “FastStone Capture is shareware worth buying. I use it primarily for screenshots. You can 'draw' on top of the FastStone to create quick how-to screens. The scrolling page screenshot lets you capture a long page when you need to. Faststone is good for brief screencasts too.”
    - Dennis T. O'Connor
    Faststone Capture is a fee-based downloadable app that allows you to capture and annotate images of anything on your screen. It also allows for editing and annotating videos. FastStone Capture is available for Windows OS only.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools

    Spring Online Courses with Openings
    Our Instructors’ Favorite Time-saving Tech Tools
    Tech Tip: Finding the Right Tech Tools
    Featured Resource:
           Time Management Best Practices for Teaching Online
    Spring Courses with a Few Openings

    Editor: Shannnon Mersand
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    Top Tech Tools

    This newsletter features the favorite productivity Tech Tools our team of online instructors uses and recommends.

    “I use Beyond Compare to compare files/folders on my two computers and sync them for backing up internally.  Then when I get a new computer, I can easily transfer my data from the old to the new as well.”
    ~ Jane MacKenzie
    Beyond Compare is a fee-based utility that allows you to compare files and folders to help identify and fix differences in documents, images and folders, even when they are in ZIP archives or on FTP sites. This product is available for Windows and Linux.

    “I use Carbonite for backing up to the cloud. It provides automatic and continuous backup of all my files.”
    ~ Jane MacKenzie
    Carbonite is a fee-based Cloud backup service that automatically backs up all of your data, and allows you access to it from anywhere, at any time. The basic plan is available for Windows and Mac, the Plus and Prime plans are available only for Windows 7 and above.

    “I use Google Keep to help track my long To-do lists. I’m able to check off things I have accomplished, share my lists with others, and set reminders for very important tasks. The best part is that it travels with you, from computer to phone to tablet. The same lists in all places!”
    ~ Shannon Mersand
    Google Keep is a free web based note-taking service that allows you to take notes, set reminders, make to-do lists and share notes with others. It is available as a web-based app, and also on tablets and smartphones for seamless task mongering. Google Keep works on all platforms.

    “I use G Suite to collaborate with colleagues and students from around the world. There is nothing easier than sharing and editing documents that update in rea- time to ensure that everyone has the latest files for a project.”
    ~ Shannon Mersand
    G Suite (known as Google Drive for personal use) is a free collection of tools from Google, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Drawings, Forms and many other tools that allow for real-time collaboration online. Changes appear instantly in the documents, and save automatically. G Suite works on all platforms.

    “Freemind is a must for mind mapping, brainstorming, and job task analyses. I encourage my students to use it for their Work Breakdown Structure and for their Job Task Analysis.”
    ~ Jane MacKenzie
    Freemind is a free downloadable Java program that allows you to create mind maps, outlines and other organizational documents on your computer. Freemind works on all platforms.

    “I use Quicken for tracking home finances and QuickBooks Pro for my business.”
    ~ Jane MacKenzie
    Quicken/Quickbooks Pro are fee-based programs that allow users to track personal and business finances. Both offer the ability to track income and spending, as well as create budgets and track where your money is going. Quicken products work on Windows and Mac OS.

    “I use Roboform as my password manager.  With hundreds of password-protected accounts to navigate, Roboform saves me time and frustration.  Includes lots of features. Complex to use but it more than returns the time you spend learning the system.”
    ~ Dennis T. O’Connor
    Roboform is a free or fee-based password management system that allows users to safely and securely store and manage passwords to all of their online accounts. It also helps users create unique strong passwords. Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

    “Pocket is aptly named. The browser-based Pocket icon makes it easy to click on 'stuff' in websites I want to revisit. It's quicker than making a bookmark. You can tag pages for later organization. Pocket is a social platform that sends you a daily update on pages you 'might' like based on your choices.”
    ~ Dennis T. O’Connor
    Pocket is a free app that allows the user to quickly and easily save videos, images and text they wish to visit later. It allows for tagging of content and offers suggestions of other sources users may be interested in. Available for all platforms.

    Saturday, February 4, 2017

    Pioneer Tales - How I got started as an online teacher

    There is an old joke

    Do you know how you can tell the pioneers?
    ... They are the ones with arrows in their backs!

    I've survived the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune".  I still love this journey.

    The following audio explains how I got started teaching online with Connected University. 

    I recorded this story for students in EDUC 764 The E-Learning Practicum. These folks are busy interning as online teaching and working on new careers. The mentored online teaching experience is the last step in earning our Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

    Sometimes a little history helps! 




    My first paid job online was as a Guide for Connected University. This image is a snap shot of my responses to the Icebreaker prompt in my first 'audition training' for Connected U.

    The campfire is an evocative image.  I was inspired by David Thornburg's seminal work: Campfires in Cyberspace: Primordial Metaphors for Learning in the 21st Century.

    ~ Dennis O'Connor

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    EDUC 655 Strategies for Dealing with Disruptive Behavior

    Dealing with Disruptive Behaviors
    Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
    Instructor: Faith Huitt
    Spring: EDUC 655 930 January 30 - March 24, 2017
    Not offered Summer 2017
    Fall: October 2 - November 28, 2017
    Tuition, Due Dates and Registration



    Description

    Evidence-based preventive strategies, positive behavioral supports, effective interventions, and classroom management strategies for addressing problem behaviors, chronic noncompliance, ADHD-related issues, and disruptive conduct.

    This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university or reading certification program.


    Who Should Enroll

    • PK-12 teachers
    • Special education teachers
    • Guidance counselors
    • Speech language pathologists
    • School psychologists
    • Principals
    • Leadership teams

    Textbook

    An e-textbook in in included with the tuition and provided provided after you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
    Colvin, Geoffrey T. (2009). Managing noncompliance and defiance in the classroom: A road map for teachers, specialists, and behavior support teams. Corwin Press. ISBN: 9781412960892
    If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from amazon.com as a new or used paperback.


    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Apply key concepts and research regarding the characteristics of noncompliant behavior when planning classroom instruction.
    2.    
    3. Summarize the historical context of discipline and classroom management and interpret major theories of human behavior as applied to classroom management.
    4.    
    5. Research and analyze the pros and cons of school-wide discipline surveys and screeners when assessing safe school environments to identify the existence of chronic noncompliance, intermittent misconduct, or the potential social-emotional needs of students.
    6.    
    7. Self-assess the organization of space, materials, equipment, procedures, and routines for early prevention of possible disruptions.
    8.    
    9. Analyze research-based instructional strategies compatible with the developmental characteristics, learning styles and cultural backgrounds of the non-compliant student.
    10.    
    11. Demonstrate strategies for developing student-teacher rapport to prevent the escalation of problematic behavior and classroom power struggles.
    12.    
    13. Articulate an understanding of student learning styles and academic needs and ways to significantly increase self-discipline and motivation.
    14.    
    15. Analyze internal and external factors that affect student safety in a school or district.
    16.    
    17. Match specific behaviors with proven interventions and design individual intervention plans to encourage positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-regulation for the non-compliant student.
    18.    
    19. Apply single case design strategies that target and assess the impact of specific interventions on behaviors, including off-task behavior, rule violations, disrespect, agitation, noncompliance, and threats and intimidation.
    20.    
    21. Demonstrate strategies for collaborating with special education staff to assist the disruptive students.
    22.  
    23. Evaluate community services and integrate programs that promote school-family-community partnerships to assist the disruptive student.

    Alignment with State and National Standards


    • Course objectives are aligned with the following:
    • Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI): 4, 5, 7, 10. 
    • Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure - (WI DPI) 3
    • No travel to campus is required. Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule. Advanced computer or programming skills are not required. Learners need a basic understanding of Internet browsing, email, and word processing. Instruction will be differentiated to accommodate learners with varying levels of technical knowledge.
    • No travel to campus is required.
    • Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
    • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
    • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
    • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.



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    EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom

    Flipped Classroom Design and PBL

    Online Course 2 graduate credits
    Instructor: Maggie Rouman
    Spring: January 30 - March 10, 2017
    Summer: June 19 - July 28, 2017
    Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration


    You Will Learn

    • Instructional strategies for implementing the flipped/blended approach to support project-based learning
    • Implications for classroom management, learner motivation and engagement
    • Performance-based assessments for project-based learning
    • Cooperative learning and peer tutoring activities to support project-based learning
    • Theories of learning that support the use of flipped/project-based learning
    • Selection or creation of videos and other multimedia web-based learning objects using evidence-based flipped classroom instructional design principles
    • How flipped/project-based learning meets the needs of diverse learners, including differences based on race, age, gender, socioeconomic status, ability, disability, and learning styles

    Who Should Enroll

    • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
    • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
    • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
    • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
    • Trainers in corporations, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, government, and military
    • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education and continuing education leaders
    The flipped/blended model supports any grade level including primary grades, any subject and learner.

    Description

    Instructional strategies for design, management, and assessment of standards-focused, project-based learning (PBL) in the flipped classroom. Use of multimedia and online resources to support collaboration and increase learner motivation and engagement.
    This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.


    Technology Skills Needed

    A basic understanding of how to search online for instructional videos or other media and/or how to create and upload a video file


    Textbook

    Bergmann, J. and Sams, A. (2012). Flip your classroom: Reach every student in every class every day. Eugene, OR. International Society for Technology in Education. ISBN: 978-1564843159.


    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

    1. Critically analyze and reflect on benefits and drawbacks of the flipped approach based on curricular need.
    2. Collaborate with others using online tools and demonstrate how to locate or create video  and other teaching materials for home use by learners for a specific instructional need.
    3. Create project-based learning units and assessment action plans and field test the flipped approach and demonstrate ability to determine a curricular/training fit in instructional decision-making.
    4. Design cooperative learning and peer tutoring activities using the flipped approach and utilize self and group assessment rubrics to assess group work and team activities.
    5. Critique scenarios and analyze best practices for effective management to minimize disruptive behavior and increase engaged learning.
    6. Interpret assessment results of field tests and assess the effectiveness in supporting identified learner outcomes.

    Alignment with Standards


    • Course objectives are aligned with the following:
    • Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 
    • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 3
    • No travel to campus is required.
    • Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
    • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
    • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.



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