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.