Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer (Online) at UWStout Online: Enroll Now!

Enroll Today: Free Registration


Join US at UWStout Online This Summer!



Please share this information with teachers in your district.
  • Do you need extra credits to renew your license?
  • Are you interested in an additional certification? 
All of our math specialist, reading teacher, classroom management, educational technology, and
courses for school library media specialists are offered online.

Course Descriptions

Start Date: June 5
EDUC 648 Math Assessment for RtI

EDUC 659 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math

EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: Creating Makerspaces

EDUC 760 E-Learning For Educators

RDGED 703 Children's Literature In The Reading Program

RDGED 704 Young Adult Literature In The Reading Program

RDGED 701 Developmental Reading K-12

RDGED 702 Reading In The Content Areas K-12

RDGED 706 Assessment And Evaluation Of Language And Reading Development

Start Date: June 12
EDUC 652 Universal Design for Learning

EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy with Primary Sources

EDUC 645 School-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS)

EDUC 658 Issues in STEM Education

EDUC 661 Advanced Trends and Interventions in PK-5 Mathematics Teaching

EDUC 662 Leadership for Math Specialists

EDUC 664 Teaching K-12 Coding and Computational Thinking

Start Date: June 19
EDUC 640 Poverty in the Schools

EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom

EDUC 656 Bullying In Schools

Start Date: June 26
EDUC 653 Middle School Through Adult Writing Instruction

EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary Writing Instruction

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities In E-Learning

EDUC 762- Assessment In E-Learning

Start Date: July 5
EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment
  • No travel to campus required.
  • Meet your PDP goals for
    continuing education or license renewal
  • The courses are approved electives in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

    http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/mse/index.cfm
Register today for summer online classes to reserve a spot. Registration closes soon.

No tuition is due until July 18.

Register Online

For more information or to request a copy of a syllabus, contact:

JOAN VANDERVELDE

Online Professional Development
College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences
Teaching, Learning and Leadership
715-642-0209 office 
vanderveldej@uwstout.edu
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University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/courses.cfm

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.