Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Why a Growth Mindset Matters

In This Issue

Final Call - June Online Courses with Openings
Why a Growth Mindset Matters

Tech Tip: Design Interactive E-Newsletters with Smore
Featured Courses: Mobile Learning Instructional Design, Autism Strategies, 6-Traits Writing Instruction
Editor: Karen Franker
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Why a Growth Mindset Matters

Explore the benefits of promoting a growth mindset in learners of all ages, with an emphasis on understanding the brain as a trainable muscle. Discover implications for instructional design and learner motivation.
The Power of Believing That You Can Improve (Video:10 min. 20 sec.)
Carol Dweck’s TED talk reveals intriguing and empowering implications of adopting a growth mindset.
New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence is Not Fixed
Ingfei Chen shares promising new research from Stanford University on the power of simple daily interventions to help learners understand their true potential for intellectual growth.
Cultivating a Growth Mindset
The Delta Learns team describes 16 growth mindset strategies to increase learner motivation and productivity.
Self-Assessment Questions for a Growth Mindset
The Global Digital Citizen team and Jackie Gerstein’s infographic provide questions for learners to self-assess barriers toward adopting growth mindset behaviors.

Featured Courses

EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design
June 15 - August 7, 2015
Instructor: Ann Bell
Use Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers to enhance training, collaboration, universal design, and professional development. Apply instructional strategies for integrating ebooks and digital textbooks in blended or flipped learning.
"The collaboration that took place during this class was amazing. It was like a professional development opportunity hopped up on steroids. I not only met a ton of professionals all over the country that use mobile devices to maximize their instruction and overall learning in the classrooms, but I learned specific strategies to use them effectively."
~ Don Engebregtsen, second grade teacher, Coleman, Wisconsin
Learn strategies to assist students with language deficits, sensory needs, repetitive behaviors, and a low frustration for change. Become familiar with assistive technology devices and iPad/smartphone apps that increase communication skills. 
"I took this class to help with one of my students, and it has greatly affected all of my students! I see things much more clearly from the viewpoint of the ASD student and what I can do to assist with social and academic needs."
~ Brad, Sixth Grade Teacher, Minnesota
EDUC 653 6-Traits Writing Instruction
June 15 - August 2, 2015
Instructor: Renee Williams
Learn instructional strategies using the 6-traits model (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions) to guide the writing process. Practice scoring and giving meaningful feedback. 6-Traits align with Common Core and are proven to raise test scores.
"I have two bachelor degrees under my belt and countless grad classes. This class was the best, most engaging, most educational, most useful, best feedback....just wonderful.”
USDLA Quality Standards Certification

Final Call for June Online Courses

Check out the classes that still have a few openings.
List of Summer 2015 Online Courses
Register today to reserve a spot. No payment is due now. Tuition due by July 15.
Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification.

Tech Tip:
Design Interactive E-Newsletters with Smore

Beth Still’s 6-minute screencast shows how to create interactive digital newsletters with embedded videos and links, all with a free Web-based Smore account. Embed Smore documents in Web pages and share within Google Docs, Facebook, or Twitter.

Monday, May 11, 2015

E-Learning Summer at Stout: Enroll Now!

Summer E-Learning Courses are still open.

Enroll now for a great summer of 100% online professional development. 

There is NO charge for registration. 

2015-2016 No Tuition Increase!

Tuition remains at $415 per graduate credit hour ($1245 per course).


EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators 

June 15 - August 8, 2015


EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning 

June 8 - July 31, 2015  or June 29 - August 21, 201


EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning 

August 24 - October 16, 2015 


 http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/onlineclass.cfm

EDUC 761 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation 

June 29 - August 21, 2015

Overview of the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate


Monday, April 27, 2015

Enroll Now! Instructional Design for E-Learning - Last Call for May 2015

EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning

http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/instructonline.cfm

Last Call for May 2015

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning*

May 4 - June 26, 2015


Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses blended learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design.
This course focuses on instructor-led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.
(Don't miss a chance to learn with Susan Manning, a nationally recognized online instructor.)

Enroll Now: E-Learning for Educators Last Call for May 2015


Last Call Enroll Now for May 2015

(Blended Teaching and Online Training)


EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators 
EDUC 760 960 May 4 - June 26, 2015 Instructor: Sara Turansky
(Blended Teaching and Online Training)
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

Learn how to add an online component to enhance traditional face-to-face instruction/training with blended learning or convert a course or workshop for online delivery. Create discussion forums, online surveys, quizzes and e-portfolios. Learn how to support new online learners with strategies that increase learner interaction and engagement.

Check out our Syllabus

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cloud Based Collaboration Tool + Great Summer Online Classes from UW-Stout

In This Issue

Top 5 Cloud-based Collaboration Tools
Tech Tip: Quick Tips to Organize Dropbox for a Paperless Classroom
Featured Certificate Programs: Instructional Design and Reading
Popular Summer Online Courses
Editor: Karen Franker
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Cloud-Based Collaboration Tools

Compare the features of free cloud-based tools to facilitate learner collaboration or projects with your peers. Discover tips for successfully managing shared files in a paperless office or classroom.
OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for You?
Sarah Mitroff compares the strengths and weaknesses of four popular cloud storage services including file size restrictions and free storage limits.

Collaborating with Office 365: OneDrive
Pip Cleaves describes how to create, upload, sync and share Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents within OneDrive.

Using Evernote in the Classroom (Video 5:29 minutes)
Kyle Snowdon shares his strategies to foster learner collaboration with Evernote in the higher ed classroom.

Delivering Peer Feedback with Google Forms
Alice Keeler describes her system for using a rubric to simplify and manage peer-to-peer feedback in Google Forms.

8 Ed Tech Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Interactive Classroom Collaboration
Kelly Walsh describes eight free online tools for “on the fly” learner collaboration including: Padlet, Twiddla, and Socrative.

5 More Cool Tools to Take Collaboration to a New Level
Alan John describes creative and fun Web tools such as ThinkBinder, Flowboard, Podio, DebateGraph, Dweeber to facilitate online study groups and other collaborative work.

Featured Certificate Programs

Register soon to reserve a spot to begin May 2015 and complete the certificate in 8 months. (8-week courses)

  • EDUC 765 May 4 - June 26, 2015

  • EDUC 766 June 29 - August 21, 2015
  • EDUC 767 August 24 - October 16, 2015
  • EDUC 768 October 19 - December 11, 2015
"I feel like a sweepstakes winner after completing this certificate. I received not only a promotion, a bump in pay, and I've been tasked to change our Computer Education group into an instructional design group that creates training sessions for staff, faculty and graduate learners. I would not have been able to achieve this without the four courses in this certificate program." ~ Keith Thompson, Taunton, MA

Reading Teacher Certification
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/readingcert.cfm
Start in June and enroll in one course per term to complete the certification in six semesters (two years).
I know the rigor of the UW- Stout program was key to my success in being offered a reading specialist and literacy coaching position with the DeForest Area School District. The interview team was clearly impressed when I presented items from my eportfolio. I feel well prepared to take on this new and exciting challenge.” ~ Kathy Williams, DeForest, WI
USDLA Quality Standards Certification

Check out the Popular Summer Online Courses

Meet the instructors, view the descriptions and reserve your spot now!
Register today to reserve a spot. No payment is due now. Tuition for summer courses is due in mid-July.
Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification. Don’t delay!

Tech Tip:
Quick Tips to Organize Dropbox for a Paperless Classroom

Vicki Davis demonstrates some excellent quick tips to manage and share work in Dropbox. (Video 9:54 minutes)
ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Graduate Online Course: The Maker Culture

Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shannon Mersand
Tuition and Registration
Fall: EDUC 660 900 September 28 - November 20, 2015

What You Will Learn

How can you support the learning by doing maker movement in your classroom or school library media center?
Description: Learn evidence-based instructional strategies that support building models, prototypes, inventions and innovations and encourage creative problem solving and team collaboration across a wide range of subject matters and all grade levels. Applications of learning theory and assessment strategies will be employed to create K-12 interdisciplinary inquiry-based maker experiences.

Who should enroll?

Designed for PreK-12 educators, school library media specialists, classroom teachers, STEM educators, and educational technology teachers who want to create “making” environments in traditional classrooms and school library/media centers and focus on teaching K-12 students the basics of design through hands-on, learning by doing. The course will be designed for participants to collaborate and co-create knowledge with opportunities to design a making experience. 
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.

Textbook

Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press. ISBN: 978-0989151108
Additional web-based readings, virtual field trips, and videos will be available within the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate an understanding of K-12 interdisciplinary maker movement characteristics and differentiate between emerging “maker,” “digital fabrication,” hacker spaces, entrepreneurial spaces, and collaborative learning spaces.
  2. Research and distinguish between hands-on, inquiry-based learning and traditional K-12 instructional design and teaching strategies.
  3. Examine the relationship between inquiry-based maker experiences and academic disciplines.
  4. Analyze and identify opportunities, barriers, options and alternatives to incorporate the maker mindset for learning by establishing a process-driven curriculum based on student interest that is adaptable to a variety of grade levels.
  5. Evaluate examples of maker projects that are integrated with curriculum across grade levels and disciplines and designed for a diverse group of K-12 learners.
  6. Evaluate and select materials and technologies with the maximum learning impact to encourage interdisciplinary creative problem-solving when designing functional prototype projects.
  7. Examine the roles of the teacher and school media specialist as collaborators and leaders in the school-based maker movement.
  8. Utilize online social platforms that assist learners in finding, joining, and interacting with their own personal learning communities including other students and professionals, both within and outside of their school.
  9. Select, utilize, and apply appropriate tools and materials such as technology, photography, multimedia or non-digital tools and create a makerspace experience.
  10. Analyze and demonstrate appropriate teaching behaviors that support student reflection about an open-ended process, failure as part of the process, resourcefulness, and sharing work with others.
  11. Apply learning theories that support making principles when designing learning activities.
  12. Align instructional goals with flexible and customizable curricula and differentiate the appropriate and inappropriate use of assessment of inquiry-based learning projects.
  13. Synthesize the principles of learning by making with teaching strategies, instructional technology, and effective authentic, ongoing and continuous feedback and summative assessments.

Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI)  3, 4, 7, 9
National Board for Professional Teaching Standard 3 and 4
Next Generation Science Standards
Common Core State Standards for English and Math
International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, (NETS-T) 2 - Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
No travel to campus is required. Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.

Sign Up Soon!

Register online
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

For More Information

Thursday, February 19, 2015

E-Learning at UW-Stout: Final Call for March Online Courses

In This Issue

Ed Tech Trends in 2015
Tech Tip: Top Four Tools for Taking Screenshots



March Online Courses with Openings 
E-Learning for Educators
Assessment in E-Learning
Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
Using Games for Learning and Assessment
Editor: Karen Franker
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Top Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2015


Explore education technology experts' predictions about the most significant new directions for technology in 2015.
What’s Hot and What’s Not in Ed Tech for 2015

Greg Thompson describes five tech leaders’ opinions on “trending up” and “trending down” technologies, such as bring your own device (up) and learning management systems (down).

The Top 10 Trends That Will Affect Learning in 2015

Kathleen McClaskey and Barbara Bray describe ten learning trends with implications for technology planning including: assessment as learning and competency-based systems.

9 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2015

Rhea Kelly reports on five IT leaders’ predictions: learning spaces, badges, gamification, and six more.

NMC Horizon Report 2015 Higher Education Edition

The New Media Consortium’s latest report lists six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology including: data-driven learning/assessment, students as creators, and agile approaches to change.

5 Top Trends in Education Technology 2015

Aaron Skonnard focuses on five trends: online corporate learning, skills measurement/ assessment, emergence of alternative learning styles, online competency-based training, and flipped learning technology.

Featured Courses

EDUC 760 931 E-learning for Educators
March 2 - April 24, 2015

Instructor: Sara Turansky

Add an online component to enhance face-to-face instruction/training with blended learning or begin converting a course or workshop for online delivery. Create discussion forums, online surveys, quizzes and e-portfolios. Learn how to support online learners with strategies that increase learner interaction and engagement.

EDUC 762 931 Assessment in E-learning

March 2 - April 24, 2015
Instructor: Jim Erbe

"I found this class to be immensely gratifying, and my mind is full with new ideas, new concepts and new ways to assess students that I either shrugged off as ‘it will never work’ or simply didn't think to consider."
~ Kristina Vines, Technical College Instructor/Program Chairperson Surgical Technology

EDUC 761 930 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation Skills

March 2 - April 24, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann

“The time management techniques and resources shared related to prepping, first week activities and what to do during and after your online course ends were pure gold!”

~Jennette Kane, Technology Integration Supervisor, Pepper Pike, Ohio


EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment 
March 30 - April 24, 2015 

Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning

"The games course took instructional design to a whole new level by the use of learning tools that truly engage the learners.
"
~ Joni Burgin Ed.D., Superintendent, Grantsburg School District
USDLA Quality Standards Certification

Final Call for March Online Courses

Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification.

Plan ahead, and check out the Dates for Summer Online Courses

Tech Tip:
Top 4 Tools for Taking Screenshots