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PIE + MEd Graduate Course Catalogue

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

Fall 2017
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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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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 Communication in the Classroom
ETEC 508NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 10 to Nov 14
CS Online Course

Digital Communication is the exchange of information over a range of different media tools. Student and teachers now have the ability to interact with each other over blogs, wikis, forums, discussion boards, and more. This class explores the opportunities that these types of digital communication can bring to the educational setting and how these support the curriculum most effectively.

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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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Foundations of Inclusionary Practices in the Classroom
INCL 500NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Fall 2017
  • Nov 07 to Dec 07
  • Tue 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Bucks County IU

Student diversity is one of the main characteristics that defines today's classroom. This course helps educators build the capacity to understand, honor and support the ever-increasing diversity of educational needs within classrooms. Recommendations are provided to enable teachers to augment their existing practices by infusing inclusive practices into existing content and curricula. Roles and responsibilities of general and special educators are explored to help facilitate collaboration in serving the needs of students and to make meaningful contributions to the identification, evaluation, re-evaluation, teaching and monitoring of progress of all students. Participants identify potential barriers to learning across curriculum areas in the general education classroom and identify strategies and services to eliminate those barriers.

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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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Gifted Education in Inclusive Classrooms
INCL 505NM 01
Kristin Gudusky
  • Fall 2017
  • Nov 13 to Dec 15
  • Mon, Tue, Thu 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Bucks County IU

Explore techniques to improve instruction to all students in advanced programs and bring gifted education pedagogy into regular classrooms more effectively. Ideas from Renzuilli to Bloom to Torrance are discussed and demonstrated while participants investigate information on gifted research, gifted program models and gifted curriculum programming. Many school services for gifted and talented students are part-time opportunities outside of the regular classroom. In this class, consider methods to provide more occasions to enhance learning opportunities within the regular classroom for these students. This course also looks at the theory that gifted education can address not only the needs of children who already manifest high levels of various kinds of intelligence, but may also promote the emergence and development of talent and intelligence in children who have potentials but may not have had the opportunity to develop them.

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Google Apps for Education, Advanced
ETEC 527NM 01
Luke Bilger
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 24 to Nov 28
CS Online Course

Do you use Google Apps for Education in your classroom, and want to know more? Go beyond Docs, Sheets, Sites, and Hangouts, and deeper into Google Apps. Explore Google Classroom (which helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with students and across classrooms), Google Expeditions (virtual field trips), Communities ('clubs' that are moderated and have a particular focus), Programs (eg Google Teacher Academy) and other resources for your students. This course was developed to address both day-to-day and longer-term classroom needs and interests using Google Apps.

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Google Apps for Education, Advanced
ETEC 527NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Spring 2018
  • Apr 03 to May 01
  • Tue, Thu 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

Do you use Google Apps for Education in your classroom, and want to know more? Go beyond Docs, Sheets, Sites, and Hangouts, and deeper into Google Apps. Explore Google Classroom (which helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with students and across classrooms), Google Expeditions (virtual field trips), Communities ('clubs' that are moderated and have a particular focus), Programs (eg Google Teacher Academy) and other resources for your students. This course was developed to address both day-to-day and longer-term classroom needs and interests using Google Apps.

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Integrating Ipad Technology Into Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 513NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Spring 2018
  • Feb 26 to Mar 26
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

The introduction of the iPad brought the power and functionality of a full-size computer system into a lightweight, user-intuitive, powerful mobile tablet. While educators have rapidly embraced the iPad to meet computing needs and fill niche roles, discover how iPad technology can increase engagement and unlock vast content. We will use tablets and their applications to explore the development of grade-appropriate lessons across a wide range of subjects and content areas. Consider how the iPad can be a fully integrated professional tool for your classroom, and explore the financial resources for bringing iPad technology into schools and Districts.

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