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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.

Winter/Spring 2017
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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Computational Thinking: Coding for Beginners
ETEC 520NM 01
Kenneth Kay
  • SC 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 01
Tina Pisch
  • SC 2017
  • Jun 26 to Jun 30
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 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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Design Thinking for Educators
VPAS 575NM 01
Phil Holcombe VI
  • SC 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
  • SC 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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Digital Citizenship/Digital Literacy in Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 515NM 01
Cynthia Willits
  • Spring 2017
  • Mar 28 to Apr 25
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
TBA
  • SC 2017
  • Jul 10 to Aug 07
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 Writing Workshop: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres
LITY 519NM 01
Kenneth Kay
  • SC 2017
  • Jul 19 to Aug 16
CS Online Course

The course is an introduction to digital writing, designed for 5th-12th grade educators. Educators will explore and implement instructional strategies around digital writing through diverse digital expressions that engage educators in writing grounded within highly digital lives. You will focus on in-depth guidance and feedback to help your students craft digital writing, replete with technology resources and tools for creating a wide range of digital writing activities, units, and assessments.

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Driving Creativity: Developing Original Ideas
PRES 510NM 01
TBA
  • SC 2017
  • Jul 10 to Jul 14
  • Jul 10 to Jul 14
  • Mon, Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    When two worlds intersect, the meeting and merging of different ideas can lead to new insights and creations. By drawing inspiration from points-of-view other than our own, it can push us past our own boundaries. Art is the convergence of many of these intersections and perspectives and it can also inspire our minds to think in divergent ways. The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites K-12 teachers to use art as the spark to break us out of our everyday thought patterns, connect the unexpected, and explore myriad points of view. By practicing these skills, we can train our minds to develop original ideas.

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    Engagement Matters: Formative Assessment Using Web-Based Technology
    ETEC 535NM 01
    Joseph Bires
    • SC 2017
    • Jul 24 to Aug 04
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Chester County IU

    Frequent feedback is central to learning. Frequent feedback as part of a formative assessment strategy supports students to do work that they are proud of, and motivates students to meet challenges. This course focuses on relevant, real-time, personal, practical feedback to inform different stages of the learning process. In what ways can you provide feedback that students will build on, understand, and use? You will test a host of free technologies that support formative assessment and help to create a classroom culture of feedback grounded in student interests, passions, and authentic response.

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    Foundations of Integrating the Arts into the Classroom
    VPAS 500NM 01
    Carol Royer
    • SC 2017
    • Jul 10 to Jul 14
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    UArts

    Brain based research indicates that integrating arts learning into the curriculum assists learners in the full acquisition of new knowledge. This course builds on educators existing knowledge base in the arts and teaches them to apply current research techniques and strategies to the development and implementation of their arts curricula. Educators study the research about arts learning and how it can increase the likelihood that students will acquire a deeper understanding of content and develop higher retention levels.

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    Google Apps for Education
    ETEC 519NM 01
    Scott Duggan
    • SC 2017
    • Aug 07 to Aug 11
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Unionville ES

    Does your school use Google Apps for Education, but you are unsure as to how to best use it to serve your classroom needs? Do you have a basic understanding of Google Apps. but would love to know more? Would you benefit from exploring Google Apps' formative assessment features and terrific assignment feedback functions? How about the ease of data collection, analysis and interpretation? Creating and building educator communities? This course will serve as a jumping off point as to how Google Apps will integrate seamlessly into the classroom experience for you and your students.

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    Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
    ETEC 512NM 01
    Scott Duggan
    • SC 2017
    • Jul 06 to Aug 03
    CS Online Course

    This course shows how a single computer can be the essential resource in a teacher's repertoire. Use it as a learning tool by building a daily rotation of student activities on the computer. Use it as a personal productivity tool by developing databases, spreadsheets and mail merges. Use it as a presentation tool to display slide shows created in Apple iWorks' presentation feature, and use the Internet to explore a whole world of information.

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