EdTechTeam Teacher Leader Certificate is an online cohort that will inspire and empower teachers to make a difference in their classroom and change their learning environment. A Teacher Leader is committed to the ideals of Courageous Leadership, Empowerment, Student Agency, Inspiring Spaces, and an Engaged Community.
This 12-week cohort will embrace emerging technology and current research and best practices to take an organic look at how teachers can successfully guide students to optimum success and learning. Teachers will spend 2 weeks on each of the 6 courses: Global Collaboration and Community, Project Based Learning, Flipped Learning, Visual Literacy, Assessment and Redesigning the Learning Space.
For each course, participants will be required to spend 2 hours reading and reflecting. They will spend 4 hours completing individual activities that will build on the learning outcomes for the course and 3 hours collaborating with either cohort members or in a live hangout with experts on each topic. Each course will end with a final project that teachers will be able to take back to their classroom and immediately implement. Upon completion of the Cohort, teachers will receive an EdTechTeam Teacher Leader Certificate and 6 Graduate Credits.
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Global Collaboration and Community
Participants will identify the advantages of participating in a Global Community and learn how to collaborate with other educators to implement global projects in their classroom. The course will enable the learner to effectively connect with educators and plan authentic projects with classrooms around the globe. They will also learn what a Future Ready School is and develop a plan to become a Future Ready Teacher.
Project Based Learning
Students learn better when they can connect their understanding to the real world. Across subjects and grade levels, project-based learning provides students with opportunities to experiment, make mistakes, and pursue their interests. A greater emphasis is put on innovation, procedure, and reflection, and less so on test results. During the course, participants will be exposed to various best practices across the globe. Additionally, they will discover meaningful ways to change their classroom to accommodate PBL and still cover all their curriculum requirements.
Flipped and Blended Learning with Google
Instruction time with students is valuable and sometimes limited. Flipping your classroom means your students review some content at home in order to have more class time to work on more meaningful projects. In this course, you will learn how to curate and organize your content using free tools. Also, find out how to check for understanding in order to use differentiation when your students come back to class.
The curriculum of design and attention to aesthetic has always been the property of the Visual Arts. However, as so much of our media is now consumed and created electronically, a new set of visual literacies have emerged. Awareness of how an audience interacts with that medium and how to take advantage of this to strengthen their message or purpose for communication will be addressed. The course will enable the individuals to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use and create images and visual literacy from contextual, cultural, aesthetics, intellectual and technical components. The optimal use of communication tools such as podcast, infographics, blogs, social networks, microblogs, and wikis will be addressed with tips for management and strategies to promote maximum learning in classrooms.
Students will explore different options for assessing students and providing feedback in the digital age. We’ll explore mostly formative assessment tips and tools and also creative ways that you can provide individualized feedback to students based about projects and assignments. In this course, we’ll explore some Google Spreadsheet Add-Ons like Doctopus/Goobric to use rubrics to grade Google Classroom assignments, Flubaroo to self-grade multiple choice questions, Autocrat to provide personalized feedback on assessments and Yet Another Mail Merge to share feedback via email. We will explore other feedback and assessment tools like PearDeck, Socrative, Kahoot and more! Additionally, we will look at how digital portfolios promote reflection on student learning. All of the incredible learning that happens in the classroom can now be captured, curated and shared in an online student portfolio. If done correctly, digital portfolios should serve as a window into student thinking and understanding.
Redesigning the Learning Space
In this learning space course, we’ll explore how the process of design can be used to create inspiring spaces that support student learning in a variety of ways. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and apply the basics of design to create physical and digital spaces for learning, while exploring the most interesting trends and directions in learning space design.
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Tracy Purdy is the Director of EdTechTeam Online. Previously she was a Digital Learning Specialist for the Elementary Schools at Edina Public Schools in Minnesota. She also has twelve years of experience teaching both fourth and sixth grade in Colorado and Minnesota respectively. Ms. Purdy has implemented her district’s first one-to-one Chromebook classroom and has participated and presented at numerous educational technology conferences. Ms. Purdy has her B.A. and M.A. in elementary education and is also a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer. In her spare time, she can be found alpine skiing in Colorado, enjoying Minnesota’s numerous lakes and chasing her two young sons around.
After growing up in Minnesota where she studied Elementary Education and Spanish, Dominique decided to combine a couple passions as she moved to Guadalajara, Mexico to begin her teaching career. Dominique is not afraid to take risks and pursue her love for traveling and different cultures while she is in the classroom with her 12 year old students. She has opened many doors of communication as her students are collaborating with kids all around the world. She loves sharing the fun things that happen in 6th grade as well as supporting other teachers using technology. While teaching abroad, Dominique has received her Master’s of Education from Framingham University. Dominique is one of the co-founders of #MexEdChat, a bi-weekly bilingual Twitter chat connecting educators in Mexico and Latin America. She is a Google Education Trainer and Google Certified Teacher who helps other schools and businesses feel comfortable with Google Apps in the classroom by doing trainings in both English and Spanish around Latin America. Dominique also leads the GEG in Guadalajara.
Which university will the credits be through?
The credits will be from Adams State University in Colorado.
What platform will be used as the Learning Management System?
The course will be built in Google Course Builder. Course Builder is a very user-friendly platform that only requires a google login.
Are there set times I have to do the work each week?
No, you can complete the work on your own schedule. There will be some live hangouts on air with some experts on each topic, but they will be recorded if you cannot make it to the live event.
Can I take just one course?
Not at this time. You must complete all courses to receive the certification.
Can I take the courses without the graduate credit?
Yes- the graduate credit from Adams State University is optional and cost and additional $330.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you for facilitating this cohort. It really has been a life-changing experience for me both personally and professionally. I had my eyes opened and thinking challenged at every step. It required me to go out of my comfort zone and simultaneously developed my confidence in the skills I already possess. -Suzanne Kitto TLC January 2017
I have to tell you how transformational this class has been...I did not know what to expect, and I have been overwhelmed (in a great way) with the content, the activities, and resources. My head is literally spinning on a daily basis! The best part is, I have been able to implement EVERYTHING we are doing in the classroom the next morning. When my students come in the room every morning, they ask me what I did for homework, and can they try?! -Shelley TLC January 2017
Great course with information I could use immediately in my classroom. This was definitely the the most challenging, but most useful grad course I have ever taken. It definitely challenged me and put me out of my comfort zone at times, but made me a stronger, more engaged teacher. TLC September 2016
I absolutely loved this course. I felt that I was learning things that I could directly apply to my classroom the next day. I appreciated the careful consideration to constantly have us try to apply this our current setting. I got my Master’s a couple of years ago; I thought this class was a perfect addition to the ever-changing world of education. I feel like I learned the most current and innovative pedagogy that will help my 21st century learners continue to develop and grow in the classroom and beyond. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful, well planned learning experience! The best professional course I have ever taken! Thank you!!! TLC September 2016
The cohort was very inspirational to me. Each time we met, I learned so much about making my classroom more engaging, efficient, and learner centered. Not only did I learn ways to improve my teaching, but I widened my PLN. I connected with educators not only in my own district, but in the broader community. My students have been impacted because I can give them more personalized learning due to the ease of so many types of formative assessments. I can pinpoint missing skills and individualize my instruction. Learning doesn’t stop when they leave my classroom because of the use of online resources. Mostly, I would say I enjoyed the networking and sharing of ideas throughout the cohort. I would highly recommend participation to anyone looking to continue their learning as an educator. Allison
The cohort really impacted my teaching in several ways. First, it connected me with others who are like-minded. It has built up my personal learning network. Second, I feel that I am able to target my teaching to exactly what my students need because I have the tools to get instant and specific feedback for every child on every assignment. I can then remediate in more detail because of these quick, detailed results. The kids like knowing that I am helping them with exactly what they need to learn.Tracy -White Bear Lake, MN
The cohort was the first place where I could learn about technology and the next day use it to be a better teacher. I am a believer that we need to be different teachers than we were even a couple of years ago. The concept of being the lead learner in my classroom, something modeled in the cohort, has completely changed how I teach. I am not the dispenser of knowledge, I am the facilitator of learning and the lead learner. The cohort gives you a network of collaborators. My cohort, along with Twitter, is my PLN. I am so grateful with what they share with me and how they encourage me to be the best 21st century teacher I can be. LuAnne