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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.

Summer 2017
2017 MEd Catalogue
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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 Projects for the Classroom: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, Advanced II
VPAS 561NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 28 to Nov 11
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wayne Art Center

Further advance your abilities in the process of working with metals and understanding of the technical requirements needed to bring these skills into the curriculum. Participants expand on projects using fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication. Projects are adaptable for K-12 students, particularly in the areas of knowledge of 3-D concepts and construction.

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3-D Projects for the Classroom: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, Introductory
VPAS 518NM 01
Christopher Darway
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 28 to Nov 11
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wayne Art Center

This course is an introduction to traditional jewelry techniques and metalwork. Participants learn basic fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication. With demonstrations, discussions and hands-on projects, this course provides an overview to the vocabulary and process of working with metals and an understanding of the technical requirements and considerations to bring these skills into the curriculum. Content applicable to K-12 art classrooms, particularly to expand knowledge of 3-D concepts and construction with students. No previous jewelry experience required.

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Advanced Classroom Integration of Ipad Technology
ETEC 514NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Summer 2017
  • Jun 26 to Jun 30
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Unionville ES

This course is for educators who want to go beyond a basic understanding of the mechanics of using an iPad. Discover tips and tricks on how to manage the students' workflow and take advantage of the iPad's advanced capabilities. Participants will learn where to find reviews of apps and explore a wide variety of free productivity apps, assessment apps, apps for specific subject areas and special education students. Application task challenges will provide an opportunity to use apps in combination with one another to create more sophisticated projects and interactive presentations.

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Blended + Flipped Learning: What is it All About?
ETEC 516NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Fall 2017
  • Nov 09 to Dec 14
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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Building Apps for Educators
ETEC 532NM 01
Joseph Bires
  • Fall 2017
  • Nov 14 to Dec 15
CS Online Course

This course will provide educators with practical exposure to the process of designing and creating mobile apps. You will explore various user-centered design and interaction design principles as you create actual mobile apps for your classroom. Educators will learn various approaches to designing mobile apps, and will explore and pilot best practices for mobile app beta testing. In addition to learning how to design and develop mobile apps, educators will better understand how mobile apps can enhance teaching and learning. Educators will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various existing mobile apps available in Android/ Apple markets.

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Comics + Graphic Novels As Primary Sources
UTPS 505NM 01
Ian Sampson
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

This course provides a general overview of the history of comics and graphic novels, particularly as a medium for storytelling and social commentary in the United States, using the resources of the Library of Congress. Participants consider visual literacy, basic narrative techniques, the combination of image and text, as well as historical context to better understand and analyze this art form. Participants in this course will plan lessons around this visual resource, exploring the potential impact to engage students with discussions and creative activities. Projects include researching and evaluating comic resources, group readings and discussions, hands-on drawing and printing activities, lesson plan development, and more. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas as connections to history, social science, identity, artistic expression and visual literacy are explored.

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Comics + Graphic Novels As Primary Sources
ED 8136 01
Ian Sampson
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

This course provides a general overview of the history of comics and graphic novels, particularly as a medium for storytelling and social commentary in the United States, using the resources of the Library of Congress. Participants consider visual literacy, basic narrative techniques, the combination of image and text, as well as historical context to better understand and analyze this art form. Participants in this course will plan lessons around this visual resource, exploring the potential impact to engage students with discussions and creative activities. Projects include researching and evaluating comic resources, group readings and discussions, hands-on drawing and printing activities, lesson plan development, and more. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas as connections to history, social science, identity, artistic expression and visual literacy are explored.

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Computational Thinking: Coding for Beginners
ETEC 520NM 01
Kenneth Kay
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 18 to Aug 15
CS Online Course

Computer programming embodies problem-solving, creativity, and communication. Coding, in particular, encourages perseverance, collaboration, and inquiry through authentic applications. This course will help teachers get started with age-appropriate coding activities, tools, and unplugged tasks to introduce their students to computational thinking while aligning with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). All tools are free and visual-based and as such do not require memorization of syntax. This is an introductory course for teachers who do not have a programming background. If you can drag and drop and/or use the arrow keys, then you are ready to start coding.

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Creating Classroom Community Through the Arts
INCL 515NM 02
Tina Pisch
  • Summer 2017
  • Jun 12 to Jun 30
  • Jun 17 to Jun 17
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Bucks County IU

    Creating a classroom community through music, dance and theater introduces strategies for educators to incorporate elements of arts-based thematic instruction. Educators will use guided discovery, movement, imagery, spatial concepts, choreography, musical and rhythmic accompaniment and group theater games to promote positive relationships and academic achievement. This course will be facilitated by the instructor within a collaborative and cooperative framework, building upon current educational philosophies and practices, including Responsive Classroom. Instruction will be transparent, in that educators will be engaged in learning activities, which they may choose to adapt to meet the needs and developmental levels of their own students. Each class session will begin with a Circle of Power and Respect, interactive activities, and processing techniques derived from Restorative Practices. Application of learning from previous courses will be integrated into daily reflections and into the final project. Educators will collaboratively prepare projects in class and will be expected to continue this creative process outside of class, refining their thematic unit/'work of art' and reflecting on classroom experience. Educators will be encouraged to actively participate in theater games and activities, experiment with various theater techniques, and design theater, dance or music-based thematic units integrating standards-based curriculum and IEP goals.

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    Creating Websites for Teachers
    ETEC 511NM 01
    Scott Duggan
    • Fall 2017
    • Oct 17 to Nov 14
    • Tue 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Unionville ES

    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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    Design Thinking for Educators
    VPAS 575NM 01
    Phil Holcombe VI
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 17 to Jul 28
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Philadelphia Academy

    Gain a thorough understanding of Design Thinking principles through hands-on techniques and exercises to take back to the classroom. Course participants will prototype solutions to problems of practice. Central to the course is the question, how can Design Thinking be used to teach 21st century skills creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking?

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    Differentiated Instruction
    INCL 508NM 01
    Tina Pisch
    • Summer 2017
    • Jul 17 to Jul 28
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Philadelphia Academy

    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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