Showing posts with label Teacher Training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teacher Training. Show all posts

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tips for Setting Up Google Apps Training Activities - Part 1: Browser Choice

A couple of days ago I published an updated version of my guide to Google Drive and Documents for Teachers. I know of a couple of people that are using that guide this week and next week in trainings that they are facilitating. If you are considering using the guide too, I have some tips for you. These tips are part of a larger document that I am developing. This is the first part.

Not all browsers support every feature in Google Documents. Not surprisingly, Google Chrome does support all features of Google Documents and Google Drive. For that reason it is preferable to have all participants in your training sessions use Google Chrome. Google Chrome automatically updates whenever a new update is released by Google. A day or two before your training session send an email to all participants asking them to install Chrome if it’s not already installed on their laptops.

If getting all participants in your training session to use Chrome is not an option for you, at the very least stress to them importance of having the latest version of their preferred browsers installed. Not only is this a browser security issue (older versions of browsers are more susceptible to security threats) it is a Google Documents functionality issue. The latest versions of browsers support the most functions of Google Documents. For example, as of this writing Google has officially ceased supporting Internet Explorer 8. 

Finally, regardless of which browser you ultimately have participants in your training sessions use, have them all use the same browser during your training session. Initially, this might be uncomfortable for some participants, but by the end of the day most people will be comfortable with a different browser. Having everyone use the same browser will make your day easier. When everyone uses the same browser if there are unexpected glitches or problems they will likely be the same for everyone in your training session. Solve the glitch once and you’ve solved it for the whole group for the day.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Five Reasons to Discover the Instructional Media Program

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Are you looking to master the use of technology in education?  Well, here are five reasons why you should check out the Discovery Education Wilkes University Instructional Media Program.

It’s practical
“The Instructional Media program is dynamic, current, and engaging.  The courses met my educational goals by giving me the skills, information, and strategies that I apply directly in my classroom to create a 21st Century learning environment.  My students enjoy all the new ideas and projects I bring into the classroom.  The Instructional Media program energizes my teaching and my students are the beneficiaries.”
- Deb Thonus, Classroom Teacher, Massachusetts

It’s relevant
Our courses are designed by thought leaders in education like Kathy Schrock (Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments) and Steve Dembo (Internet Tools for Teaching).  

It’s flexible
Whether you are looking to start a master’s program or just take a course or two, the Instructional Media Program offers an exciting collection of courses for you to choose from.

It’s online
We know how busy educators are so the flexibility of an online degree sure does help. The Instructional Media Program is fully online and offered in seven-week sessions, with two sessions offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

It’s about going beyond the textbook
The courses focus on good instructional practices and the many ways we can integrate digital media and technology to support our goals.  All students in the program receive free access to the Discovery Education suite of services to help them along the way.

Interested?  Have questions?  

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Registration for Fall Session 1 is open until August 29 and Fall Session 2 is open until October 17.

The companies who help feed me and my dog are those that you see the advertisements for in the sidebars. Occasionally, I allow them to write sponsored posts. This is one of those sponsored posts. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fat Minds - Find Online Higher Education Courses

Fat Minds is a service that aims to help people find the continuing education courses that best fit their needs. Fatminds can help you find certificate programs, Masters degree programs, and an assortment of continuing education courses. Fat Minds sorts courses and programs using a variety of criteria including online availability, location of in-person courses, costs, and program type. You can learn more about Fat Minds on Tech Crunch.

Applications for Education
If you're looking to start a new continuing education program, Fat Minds could help you select the one that best fits your needs. I did a quick search of Fat Minds for online-only education courses and found more than 300 listings.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Free Teacher Training Videos - Including Moodle

Russell Stannard has recently added some new videos to his excellent website Teacher Training Videos. The newest additions include two videos about Moodle and two videos about creating screencasts.

Applications for Education
If you're new to using technology in the classroom, Teacher Training Videos is a must-bookmark website. If you're a teacher looking for videos to supplement the instruction you give to students, Teacher Training Videos is good resource for you to have.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

TED Talk: 3 Ways the Brain Creates Meaning

Today on the TED Blog there was a short talk posted about how the brain interprets words, images, feelings, and connections. The talk was given by Tom Wujec in February 2009. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
As an educator I always take interest in research and discussion about how the brain absorbs and processes information. Knowing how the brain processes information should influence how we present information to our audience(s).

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
How Cellphones, Twitter, and Facebook Can Make History
Myth Buster Adam Savage's Colossal Failures
TED Talks in 40 Languages

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Certification Map - State by State Requirements

Certification Map is a good resource for US pre-service teachers and or teachers looking to teach in a different state. Certification Map is a product of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Certification Map provides state by state teacher certification requirements. I checked the information provided by Certification Map regarding Maine's (where I teach) requirements against the state of Maine's Department of Education's requirements and found that Certification Map was accurate.

Applications for Education
In addition to teacher certification requirements, Certification Map provides a listing of average teacher salaries by state. This information may be of interest to college students currently enrolled in a teacher training program and considering where they would like to teach upon graduation.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Teacher Training Videos

I might be a little late to the party on this one, but I just discovered Teacher Training Videos, so I'm passing it along. Teacher Training Videos is produced by Russell Stannard. Russell produces videos demonstrating how to use a variety of Web 2.0 tools. Russell's videos start with the basics and finish with advanced features and ideas about using the tools in education.

Applications for Education
If you're new to using technology in the classroom, Teacher Training Videos is a must-bookmark website. If you're a teacher looking for videos to supplement the instruction you give to students, Teacher Training Videos is good resource for you to have.