21CLD & CUENV Summer Camp 2015 is June 17-18!

We are still accepting proposals for the Third Annual Summer Camp!

Now is your chance to facilitate a session at one of the most exciting learning experiences in northern Nevada!  We are looking for educators who are passionate about teaching with the 21st Century Competencies in mind.  If you have never presented at a conference, this will be an awesome way to get your feet wet!  

Take a look at the 21st Century Competencies found HERE.   What strategies and tools do you use with your students to support any one of these?  Your knowledge and experience is valuable (even if you don’t think so)!   Please submit your proposal HERE.  Contact Terra Graves tgraves@washoeschools.net  if you have any questions.

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Call for Proposals! CUENV Summer Camp is June 17-18
by Terra Graves (Moodle Admin) - Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 10:39 AM
 

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Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms
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Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms course is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at assessment that meets  the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. In this six-week course, teachers see how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and ...

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This course is intended to help you through the initial set-up of your Activbaord, give you a couple of entry points to start using the technology and a few tips on making your board an interactive and engaging instructional tool from Day 1!

Ongoing staff professional development to facilitate online and face-to-face staff training with web 2.0 tools and their implementation in the classroom.

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The Intel® Teach Elements/e4eNV: Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms course is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. In this course, teachers see how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and their students' learning. They learn how to plan, develop, and manage student-centered assessment. They follow three teachers and see how the three teachers are implementing embedded and ongoing assessment methods in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the assessment concepts with action planning exercises.

The Intel® Teach Elements/e4eNV: Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms course is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. In this course, teachers see how assessment strategies can benefit their teaching practices and their students' learning. They learn how to plan, develop, and manage student-centered assessment. They follow three teachers and see how the three teachers are implementing embedded and ongoing assessment methods in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the assessment concepts with action planning exercises.

Systems thinking is a process of looking at a personal or organization vision and comparing it with current reality. There is generally a gap between the two. Systems thinking helps to find solutions within the system to close the gap. Often times, the system and the structure of the system is driving the behavior within the system. Looking at the system collaboratively using the lens of systems thinking, we are better able to understand the complexity of how the organization or system really functions, change our own thinking that may be interfering, change our behavior and understand some predictable but often over-looked problem-causing characteristics of systems. In this course, participants will gain an introduction to the five disciplines of learning organizations- personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, team building, and systems thinking.


Later, using what was have learned, participants will look at an issue (personal, organizational or global) and describe it using the tools and concepts of systems thinking, create a chart and discover some possible interventions that could resolve the issue or help the problems in the system. The hope is that once the teacher is able to apply systems thinking to his or her own life or areas of interest, he or she will be able to introduce the systems thinking concepts in the classroom and students will be able to use it to resolve their own problematic issues.

In this course participants will learn how digital devices can be used as powerful tools for teaching and learning. New educational apps are constantly being developed but even basic cell phones, when integrated with free, web-based resources, offer students the ability to share ideas through activities such as blogging, podcasting, photo sharing, and data gathering. While there are many legitimate concerns about using cell phones in schools, it is important that schools prepare students for success in a world overflowing with information. It is also important for students to learn how to use technology ethically and responsibly. This course will highlight meaningful ways that digital devices can be used as learning tools in and out of the classroom, while also addressing the challenges and resistance that many educators face when trying to integrate cell phones into learning activities.

This course, developed for PreK-12 educators, introduces participants to a variety of free Web 2.0 tools that will enable them to enhance their classroom instruction and engage students with 21st century learning experiences. Participants will be introduced to the Schlechty Design Qualities and learn how to incorporate them into engaging, technology-rich lessons. The Schlechty Center maintains that "Teachers can enhance the prospect of students being engaged…by attending carefully to building into the work they provide those qualities that are most likely to appeal to the values, interests, and needs of the students involved." Participants will learn how to use and create free teacher and student accounts for Glogster, VoiceThread, Prezi, Voki, and Wordle. For the final product for this course, participants will design a lesson that utilizes one or more of these technology tools. 

Participants in this course will explore the range of educational material available on the Internet and develop a varied approach that uses both computer and human networks to find these resources. This approach not only allows educators to find better and more diverse resources, but also saves time. As a context for integrating these resources more effectively, participants will explore several teaching strategies for better digital media literacy. Participants will leave the course with an emerging personal learning network (PLN) that they may continue to nurture and a collection of web resources appropriate for their classroom use.

The way in which teachers engage their students has changed over the past decade. Students, and some teachers, are using social networking on a daily basis. By bringing a social network into your classroom, you will increase student engagement and learning potential. The networks and tools to be addressed in this course include Twitter, Edmodo, Facebook, and TeacherTube.

This course will enable participants to introduce social networks available to educators and their uses in the classroom, develop strategies for using social networks in the classroom, develop techniques for ensuring student success with social networks in a classroom situation, and create a social networking account to use in your classroom.

This course is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. In this course, teachers see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Teachers learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools which are increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. They follow two teachers as they implement collaborative experiences in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the collaboration concepts with action planning exercises. Direct connections to Common Core Standards (CCSS) are provided throughout the course and can be connected within the final project as appropriate.

It is important that school leaders stay abreast of the newest trends in education and to gain the necessary knowledge to inform and assist fellow educators choosing to implement new methods of instruction.  In this course, school leaders will be introduced to the flipped classroom approach to instruction.  According to the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, " “flipping the classroom” means that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then use class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates."

Participants in this class will gain a deep understanding of the common core mathematics standards, next generation science standards, and ISTE standards and how to integrate the standards from the STEM disciplines into a unit plan. Participants will learn methods for unpacking standards in order to find connections across the four STEM disciplines. While the standards unpacking techniques presented in this course will be in the context of developing project-based, STEM units, the skills will be generalize-able to other content standards.

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Teacher: Valerie Keglovits

Teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project-Based Approaches (PBA) using specific classroom scenarios. Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practice as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning who discusses strategies with a mentor teacher. They also consider the ways that technology supports project-based approaches. Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, technology, and students for successful 21st century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students’ 21st century skills throughout an open-ended project. The course offers opportunities to apply the PBA concepts with action planning exercises.

This course is the last of four courses offered through Sierra Nevada College in conjunction with WCSD.  It is a comprehensive look at SIOP instruction and will satisfy the 21 hours of online time for full credit.

This is the third of four courses offered through the WCSD in conjunction with Sierra Nevada College that assists certified WCSD teachers in getting their TESL endorsement through the state of Nevada.

 

This course is an intensive look at language learning for ELLs in the mainstream classroom. We will critically investigate methods and strategies commonly used with ELLs analyze their

effectiveness. You will be asked to learn strategies, and apply them in your own classroom and in your lesson plans for the upcoming Curriculum & Instruction class. These two classes are

linked together. Our class time will be spent sharing new methods and strategies, and your time at home will be for the purpose of researching, responding to dialogue discussions,

reflecting, and preparing for team strategy presentations.

 

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Curriculum is the content, activities, and materials employed in the attainment of educational outcomes.  We will explore how curriculum for ELLs is developed and how it looks from different perspectives. Participants in this course will review, analyze and select quality content appropriate for English Learners within and to supplement a proscribed curriculum.  We will also investigate critical components of curricula that facilitate the acquisition of academic English, and design thematic content curricula across subject areas and/or the four language domains to address a range of English proficiency levels. 

This course is a culmination of all learning in the previous three TESL cohort courses.  You are expected to draw upon and refer to (and cite) this learning throughout the Curriculum & Instruction course activities, with particular attention to the application of language acquisition and assessment theory, as well as methods and strategies for instruction and assessment of ELLs.

This course is open to all WCSD Education Technology Specialists (ETS) in their first two years of employment as well as any more experienced ETS who wish to refresh their knowledge. This course will count toward ETS Academy Certification. Topics covered include professionalism, i-SAFE curriculum, Windows environment, Microsoft K-6 curriculum, SkillPort training, student management in the computer lab, 21st Century Learning dimensions, Web 2.0, and MAP tests.

This course is designed to provide intermediate level instruction in conversational Spanish for WCSD employees. As our demographics continue to change, instruction for effective communication and language acquisition is necessary to strengthen family/ school partnerships. This course is designed for individuals who are interested in improving their ability to converse with Spanish-speaking parents/families, students, and colleagues in the workplace. This is an on-line course. The instructor will provide video lessons and integrate fun exercises in speaking Spanish in a webinar setting. Participants will work on-line on the Duolingo platform to complete language exercises. Coursework will cover present tense verb conjugations, extended school-related vocabulary, and customer service vocabulary.

This course is designed to provide instruction in Conversational Spanish for individuals who have little or no Spanish-speaking skills and are interested in learning basic Spanish communication skills. This is an on-line course. The instructor will provide video lessons and integrate fun exercises in speaking Spanish in a webinar setting. Participants will work on-line on the Duolingo platform to complete language exercises. Coursework will cover the alphabet and vowels, greetings, numbers, calendar-related words, places and things at the school site, and key question words.

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Honor's Chemistry course at Damonte Ranch HS with Mrs. Crowley.

I would like to create an online course to supplement my classroom teaching.