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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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Digital Badges: Getting Started With Micro-Credentialing
ETEC 529NM 01
Joseph Bires
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 09 to Nov 06
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Philadelphia Academy

Badges make your classroom goals visible to students. Badges, or 'micro-credentials,' help motivate students, as students are able to see what they need to do to reach a goal or master a skill. Students want to do well, and they want to be recognized for their accomplishments. Leave this course with a foundational understanding of digital badges- online representations of skills earned- and open badges- verification of student skills, interests and achievements- and how to implement a badge system within your school or classroom. Take your current curriculum, lift up those objectives, skills, understandings and concepts, to represent as badges that show criteria students must meet to earn them. The case study method will be used to illustrate the successful design and implementation of digital badge systems by schools and educators.

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Digital Communication in the Classroom
ETEC 508NM 01
Cynthia Willits
  • Summer 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 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 Writing Workshop: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres
LITY 519NM 01
Kenneth Kay
  • Summer 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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Engagement Matters: Formative Assessment Using Web-Based Technology
ETEC 535NM 01
Joseph Bires
  • Summer 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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Exploring Literacy Through the Visual Arts
LITY 502NM 01
TBA
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 07 to Oct 21
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
UArts

This course is appropriate for K-8 classroom teachers, special needs and ELL teachers, and teachers of science, mathematics and social studies who see literacy as a skill that extends across content areas and wish to investigate how an integrated curriculum with visual art at the core will increase the overall literacy of their students. With the goal of transforming literacy acquisition from learning to read, to reading to learn across all academic content areas, educators will gain a basic understanding of how the brain learns and why a visual art integrated approach can build both the acquisition of literacy skills and the fluency students need to become proficient and advanced learners.

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Foundations of Educational Technology
ETEC 500NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Summer 2017
  • May 15 to Jun 05
  • Mon, Wed 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

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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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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Foundations of Integrating the Arts into the Classroom
VPAS 500NM 01
Carol Royer
  • Summer 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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Gifted Education in Inclusive Classrooms
INCL 505NM 01
TBA
  • 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
ETEC 519NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Summer 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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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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