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PIE + MEd Graduate Course Catalog

A complete listing of courses + course descriptions for all programs offered through the Professional Institute for Educators + MEd Programs.

Winter/Spring 2018
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Professional Institute for Educators Courses

Courses listed below are for non-matriculated students ONLY.  
Please refer to the COURSE NOTES section for in-person meeting dates for Hybrid courses.

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3-D Printing in the K-12 Classroom
ETEC 530NM 01
Christopher Sweeney
  • Spring 2018
  • Feb 24 to Mar 17
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

Have you heard about 3D printing and wondered, how can I get started in my classroom? Have you tried 3D printing, yet you are looking for some guidance around its sustained use and utiliy? Some examples of 3-D printing in the classroom include topography, complex molecules, architectural designs, cross-sections of organs, artifacts, prototypes, modified robot parts... the list is boundless! In this course, you will learn how to print in 3-D, and how to make 3-D printing a reality in your classroom.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics - Throwing, Advanced
VPAS 511NM 01
James Pastore
  • Spring 2018
  • Apr 07 to Apr 22
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
GoggleWorks

With further refinement and exploration, develop advanced throwing skills with stoneware clays. Use both traditional and experimental throwing techniques to make functional and sculptural pots. In addition, expand knowledge of firing techniques and finishes with colored slips, under glazes, oxides and shop glazes. This course provides an opportunity for personal invention, higher-level challenges and advanced critique in throwing. Improve competency in thinking and working three-dimensionally and bring these skills into the classroom. Prerequisite: 3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics-Throwing Introductory (VPAS 510)

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics - Throwing, Introductory
VPAS 510NM 01
James Pastore
  • Spring 2018
  • Apr 07 to Apr 22
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
GoggleWorks

This course explores both traditional and experimental throwing techniques to make functional and sculptural pots. Develop a repertoire of skills, improve competency in thinking and working three-dimensionally, and incorporate new methods to encourage craftsmanship and conceptual skills in students. This course provides an opportunity for personal invention and exploration in developing sound skills to take back to the classroom. Learn throwing techniques with stoneware clays for both the beginning and advanced student. In addition, discover finishes experimenting with colored slips, under glazes, oxides, shop glazes and firing techniques.

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Blended + Flipped Learning: What is it All About?
ETEC 516NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Spring 2018
  • Apr 02 to Apr 30
CS Online Course

Are you looking to expand your knowledge of- and ways to best facilitate- blended and flipped learning? We will explore multiple ways to optimize- and to comfortably and appropriately balance- classroom time and at-home time within blended and flipped formats. Begin to experiment with flipped classroom practices using free classroom resources. Learn how to flip learning in any environment, even with limited online access and/or limited devices. How might you use structures that are already in place, such as stations and clusters, to tailor the best learning experience for students in your classroom? Open to K-12 educators who have experience at all levels of blended learning and flipped classroom implementation.

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Classroom As Makerspace
ETEC 533NM 01
TBA
  • Spring 2018
  • Jan 27 to Feb 11
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Off-Campus Site

Have you considered designing a makerspace- a creative, DIY center where students can gather to create, invent, and learn- in your classroom, but you're unsure how to get started? Would you like to know how best to structure learning within this makerspace, for a particular grade level or subject area? Have you tried to integrate a makerspace and would like to learn more about best practices? Educators will leave this course with the ability to plan and develop a low-cost makerspace to use with students for the design of creative projects to deepen understanding of content though hands-on, self-directed learning.

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Creating Websites for Teachers
ETEC 511NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Spring 2018
  • Mar 01 to Mar 29
CS Online Course

Learn how to create a basic website for teacher use in the classroom using HTML/XHTML and Adobe Creative Suite. Develop a basic understanding of HTML coding and the fundamental aspects of creating a well-organized and graphically pleasing site, as well as tools and templates for educational use. Previous experience in Photoshop recommended.

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Differentiated Instruction
INCL 508NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Spring 2018
  • Mar 05 to Apr 02
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Bucks County IU

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching and learning that deals with diversity in learning styles. Discover helpful, well-tested techniques for the creation of an inclusionary classroom for students - from English language learners and special education students to those with various learning differences - to reach all learners effectively. Explore and research concepts, strategies and processes for managing a differentiated instructional setting with accommodations for learning and assessment. This course focuses on the key knowledge and skills needed to employ differentiated instruction and to address student differences across the curriculum, especially in literacy and mathematics.

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Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy in Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 515NM 01
Cynthia Willits
  • Spring 2018
  • Mar 05 to Apr 02
CS Online Course

Digital technologies are ever-changing, providing students with wonderful opportunities as well as many tough decision-making situations and sometimes risks. Students have the power of the Internet at their fingertips with mobile technologies to explore and learn. However, many issues can emerge from such an always-connected environment both at school and in their personal lives. This course helps teachers understand the importance of providing guidance and leadership to students in their digital world - showing them proper and safe use of digital tools and allowing them to leverage the power of digital tools in both their learning and everyday lives.

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Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
ETEC 502NM 01
Rupananda Misra
  • Spring 2018
  • Apr 03 to May 01
CS Online Course

Learn how reading, math and social studies assignments can be transformed into digital storytelling adventures. Participants investigate a variety of interdisciplinary projects with photography and videography, inspiring both themselves and their students to reflect thoughtfully and creatively. Digital stories come in many different flavors, from the creation of simple audio offerings to basic multimedia projects. This course incorporates a range of current technology options. No previous experience with digital photography or video editing necessary.

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Exploring Literacy Through the Performing Arts
LITY 501NM 01
TBA
  • Spring 2018
  • Apr 07 to Apr 22
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

Appropriate for educators who are currently teaching literacy in the K-5 classroom, this course develops understanding, knowledge and skill for designing performing arts-based lessons. Playwriting activities are examined for their unique potential in leveraging the listening and the speaking skills that are innate in children for developing their reading and writing competency. Teachers create performing arts-integrated lesson plans to understand why movement, music and drama can be powerful tools for the literary teacher.

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Game-Based Learning in the Classroom, Advanced
ETEC 522NM 01
Joseph Bires
  • Spring 2018
  • Jan 22 to Feb 19
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Chester County IU

This course will build educators' knowledge of and skills around game-based learning through practice. Educators will create one or more educational games and evaluate their games based on user research. We will explore and test various approaches to game design, with a focus on iterative development, aesthetic principles, prototyping, flow theory, the nature of fun, and user interface. Educators will leave this class with a solid footing in game-based learning.

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Game-Based Learning in the Classroom, Introductory
ETEC 521NM 01
Joseph Bires
  • Spring 2018
  • Jan 22 to Feb 19
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Chester County IU

This course will provide educators an opportunity to explore the principles, processes and theories of game-based learning in the classroom. Educators will critically analyze the characteristics and applications of digital games for various learning needs. The course is designed to explore the symbiotic classroom relationship between games, play and learning. We will identify and analyze current trends such as integration of games, data analytics, and badges for learning. We will explore the fundamental elements of game-based learning and we will write a game design document (GDD), including the story, learning theories, mechanics, technology and aesthetics.

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