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The Art of Digital Teaching

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July 2, 2018

If you’re spending any of your summer time to learn and develop new skills, I have some excellent news for you! We have a new free course available courtesy of Odysseyware.

I had the pleasure of being part of the Odysseyware Advisory Council this past year. It was a great experience, and I was so happy to be able to share feedback from our member schools with their team. When I got back to Oklahoma, I had an e-mail from the Odysseyware team saying they would love to share their Art of Digital Teaching course with our member schools for FREE! Here's some information from the Odysseyware site about the course:

The Art of Digital Teaching professional development course by Odysseyware®, aligned to iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, gives educators the critical support they need to more effectively integrate technology into the classroom and facilitate online and blended learning.

Teachers are increasingly required to master the integration of technology in the classroom, yet many have little to no training on how to do so effectively. Teachers who complete this new course will learn:

  • How to make intentional connections with students through technology
  • The 3 keys of teaching digital citizenship
  • Best practices for collaboration with students and teachers in an online teaching environment
  • Strategies for differentiation, including the use of online assessments and real-time data

And here's a breakdown of the units:

UNIT 1: THE DIGITAL TEACHER

Assignments

  1. Course Overview
  2. Digital Citizenship: What is it?
  3. Digital Citizenship: Teaching it
  4. Quiz 1
  5. The Digital Teacher: Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have
  6. The Digital Teacher: Classroom Management and Student Self-Assessment
  7. The Digital Teacher: Expectations and Time Management
  8. Quiz 2
  9. The Digital Teacher: Staying on Top and Ahead
  10. The Digital Teacher: Tech Mastery
  11. The Digital Teacher: Academic Integrity
  12. Quiz 3
  13. Project: Create an AUP
  14. Unit Test
UNIT 2: DIGITAL INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT DESIGN

Assignments

  1. Instructional Design: Objectives and Course Expectations
  2. Instructional Design: Integrating Digital Elements in Online Learning
  3. Quiz 1
  4. Data-Driven Instruction: Improving Student Outcomes
  5. Differentiated Instruction: Content, Process, Product
  6. Differentiated Instruction: Identifying Learning Needs
  7. Differentiated Instruction: Making Accommodations
  8. Quiz 2
  9. Assessments: Understanding and Administering Assessments
  10. Assessments: Projects and Performance Tasks
  11. Assessments: Using Data to Differentiate
  12. Quiz 3
  13. Project: Develop an Individualized Program
  14. Unit Test
UNIT 3: ENGAGEMENT WITH DIGITAL ELEMENTS

Assignments

  1. Student Engagement: Engaging with Students Through Technology
  2. Student Engagement: The Collaborative Classroom
  3. Quiz 1
  4. Student Engagement: Student-Centered Communication
  5. Student Engagement: Facilitating Student Communication
  6. Student Engagement: Custom Online Content & Assessment
  7. Quiz 2
  8. Project: Incorporate Digital Elements in Student Projects
UNIT 4: DIGITAL TEACHER PORTFOLIO AND REFLECTION

Assignments

  1. Project: Curate a Digital Teacher Portfolio
  2. Project: Reflect on The Art of Digital Teaching
UNIT 5: FINAL EXAM

Final Exam

The course takes around 40 hours to complete, but I think it would be well worth your time! If you'd like to sign up for the course use this form and we'll get you enrolled!

Sign up for the course today!

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Ben Parker

Director, Technology

Ben serves as Director of Technology for the OPSRC. In this role, he will provide support to schools on technical issues and training on pressing technology topics. Ben will assist partner schools with trainings, comprehensive technology plans, e-Rate applications, technology purchasing consultation, and other school and district technology decisions.

Prior to working with OPSRC, Ben was the Director of Technology for the Locust Grove Public School District. Ben implemented a 1:1 tablet program in Locust Grove that saw 6th-12th graders go paperless in the classroom.

In his free time, Ben likes to read and play the drums.

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