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Putting Ed Into EdTech

A course for non-educators (IT support staff) to better understand and more effectively support EdTech integration and teaching and learning in schools.

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Bring Your Virtual or In-person Book Clubs to Life [3–12]

Book Clubs can be a game changer for engagement and achievement in G3-G10. They bring authenticity, joy, relevance, and sophistication to any reading classroom.

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Introduction to Writers’ Workshop [K–12]

If you're new to Writers' Workshop or new to a school that uses a Writers' Workshop approach, this weekend workshop is for you. In clear, brief, interactive sessions, you'll learn the foundations behind this powerful mode of literacy instruction and be ready to launch Writers' Workshop in your own virtual or in-person classroom right away.

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Efficient, Joyful Word Study in Grades 3–8

My kids are reading and writing, but sometimes it feels more about quantity than quality. Foundational skills are lacking. How might I engage my students in a continuous, joyful exploration of words, grammar, and how language works? And where might that fit across my busy day? Week?

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Introduction to Readers’ Workshop (K-12)

This course is designed for those just starting out with Readers’ Workshop. You’ll learn the foundations behind this powerful, student-centered mode of reading instruction and leave ready to launch Readers’ Workshop right away in your virtual or in-person setting.

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What Every Learning Leader Should Know When Coaching Teams

Harness the power of collaborative teams and take on the challenges of working with diverse groups of adults.

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Efficient, Joyful Word Study KG-G2

A highly practical dive into what matters most in K-2 Word Study (phonological awareness, phonics, grammar, vocabulary)

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Online, School-Based Professional Learning

There is no ‘standard’ or ‘off the shelf’ course for professional learning from DF Education. As DF Education, I have outlined three options for your online school-based professional learning however if your needs are different or you have a better suggestion, I am happy to work with your specific requirements.

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Effective Instructional Strategies for Online Classrooms

This four-week professional development webinar series introduces teachers to best practices in online instruction and practical strategies that can be applied in their own online courses. This webinar series is intended for classroom-based educators making a transition to online or blended learning.

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Meeting Varied Learner Needs in Online Classrooms

This module focuses on various learner needs in the online classroom. It provides strategies for supporting students and creating adaptations depending on their specific situations. It is suitable for teachers of students who struggled with the online transition.

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Feedback and Assessment in Online Classrooms

This module focuses on best practices in providing feedback. It explores different formats for delivering feedback. It is suitable for teachers wanting to improve their formats for feedback delivery.

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Meaningful Discussions in Online Classrooms

This module focuses on discussion design strategies and facilitation strategies. Strategies are adaptable in non-discussion experiences. It is suitable for teachers offering asynchronous discussions in a discussion thread and teachers wanting to increase engagement in student discussions.

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Communication Strategies for Online Classrooms

This module is a good entry point for teachers to explore written, audio, and video communication. It focuses on community building in the online classroom. It is suitable for teachers wanting to vary their online communication formats, beyond written and to increase their online presence.

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Gamification and Game-Based Learning

Join this course to learn practical, effective, and research-based strategies that leverage the motivational power of games to engage students and enhance student learning. From game-based assessments and content-aligned educational games, to "gamifying" elements of your own curriculum, this course guides teachers through a variety of edtech tools and teaching strategies that can be readily applied in the classroom.

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Creating Screencasts and Instructional Videos

This course is designed to help educators create high quality instructional video to support students in an online or hybrid learning environment. Through a combination of research around instructional video and practical application of researched based ideas, course participants will developed an increased skill and capacity to create instructional video across multiple devices and platforms.

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Keys to Personalize Instruction in Online Courses

Although personalized instruction is increasingly viewed as a cornerstone of effective teaching, there is still much confusion regarding what this actually looks like in practice, particular in online learning environments. In this course, participants will learn the key components of personalized learning, such as differentiation, data-based instruction, competency-based progressions, flexible pathways and student agency. Participants will leave this course with clear, actionable steps to effectively personalize instruction in their online classes.

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Creating Instructional Videos to Support Remote / Hybrid / Online Learning

Instructional video is a critical component of any online, remote or hybrid learning experience. Creating high quality instructional video or screencasts can ensure that students watch, engage with and understand the concepts being presented. Creating high quality instructional video consists of a combination of technical skill through understanding the capacity of the tools and technology. Additionally, understanding key strategies, research and approaches to creation will result in video experiences that will result in desired outcomes.

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Project Based Learning in Online Courses

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students explore real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time. Applicable across grade levels and content areas, PBL has seen a resurgence in interest as research suggests the approach increases student engagement and leads to deeper learning. In this course, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, identify and align student learning goals, construct driving questions to support sustained inquiry, and maximize authenticity. Participants will also explore examples of PBL, identify and create practical assessment frameworks, and reimagine ways to implement PBL in online learning settings.

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Strategies for Deeper Student Learning in Online Courses

Deeper learning represents a set of key competencies that today’s students must develop to thrive in our modern world. Built upon a strong foundation of academic knowledge, deeper learning classrooms and schools foster learning environments that promote the application of student knowledge in authentic and challenging ways. Key student competencies that transcend several deeper learning frameworks include critical thinking, collaboration, communication, developing academic mindsets and, what many consider most essential, learning how to learn. In this course, participants will dive into the core competencies of Deeper Learning and engage in case studies of schools that have effectively fostered deeper learning environments. Participants will leave this course equipped not only with knowledge and key resources related to Deeper Learning but also actionable plans to implement these strategies in online teaching environments.

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Audio & Video in the Digital Elementary Classroom

Audio and video are fantastic tools that can augment any digital classroom. Whether students are completing work totally online or sitting in a classroom, audio and video provide a variety of supports for learning. From providing ubiquitous access to instructions, concept exploration, or feedback to augmenting student creation with their own voice, this course will explore some of the best tools and strategies for utilizing digital tools to create opportunities for audio and video in learning.

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Creating Self-Paced, Digital Learning Experiences for Elementary

Structuring asynchronous learning experiences for students takes planning, organization, and careful choices. In this course, we will explore how teachers can maximize the power of student voice and choice while designing activities that will keep students engaged throughout the learning process.

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Service Learning 301 Coordinator Institute

To address the need for sustainability of service learning programs, participants will know how effective leadership is applied in learning organizations. Participants will know their skills and traits as leaders and be able to align the strategic plan with the development of a service learning framework in an action plan.

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Service Learning 201 Curriculum Integration

To understand why and how to integrate service learning into a unit of conceptual inquiry for the development of global citizenship and how to create assessments for learning.

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Service Learning 101 Why, What, How?

Designed for teachers to understand the why, what, and how of service learning for agency. Know how to apply service learning in your school context. By gaining an understanding of what service learning is in schools, and how to implement it in teaching and learning. Participants will gain an understanding of Service Learning in schools and how to integrate it in curriculum for improved teaching and learning.

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Student Service Leadership Institute

This online 3 day intensive course includes interactive video, live instruction, group collaboration, and individualized time to work on integrating what you have learned into your school context. Designed specifically for students aspiring to be leaders and support the implementation of service learning both inside and outside of classrooms and schools with community.

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