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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.

Summer 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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Computational Thinking: Coding for Beginners
ETEC 520NM 01
Kenneth Kay
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 19 to Jul 17
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 Websites for Teachers
ETEC 511NM 01
Luke Bilger
  • 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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Current Trends + Issues in Special Education: Universal Access to Curriculum
STIP 603NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 16 to Aug 06
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Bucks County IU

The focus of this course is on current trends and issues in special education related to high and low incidence disabilities. Educators will complete individual projects of interest and teacher voice/advocacy for positive change across multiple areas of special education and related services. Topics include: Neurodiverse Populations, Planning and Promoting Inclusive Practice, Universal Access to Curriculum, Collaboration with Parents, General Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Development of Peer Supports, Behavior Supports, and Social Skills and Post Secondary Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.

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Differentiated Instruction
INCL 508NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Spring 2018
  • Feb 26 to Mar 26
CS Online Course

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
Cynthia Willits
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 21 to Jul 19
CS Online Course

Digital communication, the exchange of information using diverse media, is central to today's schools and classrooms. Students and teachers interact using blogs, wikis, fora, discussion boards, and much more. This course explores the opportunities that digital communication can present in the classroom setting, and how digital communication strategies can effectively support and enhance the curriculum.

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Digital Writing Workshop: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres
LITY 519NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 21 to Jul 19
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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Engagement Matters: Formative Assessment Using Web-Based Technology
ETEC 535NM 01
Howard Glasser
  • Summer 2018
  • Jun 11 to Jul 09
CS Online Course

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 Educational Technology
ETEC 500NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 09 to Jul 30
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Villanova

Are you connecting with the digital learners of today? Are you utilizing the classroom technology available to you? This course introduces topics, theories, and principles in educational technology. It emphasizes the use of technology in the classroom as an "instructional tool" to enrich the quality of your teaching and enhance learning. This course includes the use of a variety of educational technology tools as well as discussions about internet safety, ethics, and copyright concerns. You will leave this course with knowledge about how to create an engaging lesson incorporating the use of technology and will successfully be able to implement web resources in your classroom to enhance instruction. You will learn techniques to effectively improve your classroom through the use of a variety of online tools and assessments and learn about technology that can be used to differentiate instruction to accommodate students with different learning styles. Develop skills that will ease you and your classroom into a 21st century technology learning environment.

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Getting Started With Augmented Reality In Your Classroom
ETEC 526NM 01
TBA
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 16 to Aug 13
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Chester County IU

Have you heard the term 'augmented reality' but you don't know what it is, and how it might work in your classroom? Have you ever wondered if you could integrate augmented reality apps like Pokemon Go into math, literacy, science, social studies, art? You will leave this course with the ability to identify and integrate augmented reality apps into your classroom, and to develop lesson plans that carefully structure learning using augmented reality. You will learn how to use augmented reality in a safe and educationally meaningful manner, and you will understand the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality. This course is for K-12 educators across all subjects.

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Google Apps for Education
ETEC 519NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Summer 2018
  • Jul 23 to Aug 13
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 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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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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