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Developing Digital Learning Practices and Career Technical Education

Course #: 02-1387

Price: $63.00

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Please Note: This course has varying hours depending on the type of credit you need. See Below.

  • IACET: 0.4 CEUs
  • All Other Organizations: 7.00 Hours

This course is approved for Wyoming teachers only.

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CEU Course Description

Part 1: One current trend that is taking American K-12 school districts by storm is that of 1-1 computing. As an educational paradigm in which every student has a digital device, 1-1 computing could completely change the nature of a previously very paperwork-based educational system. However, it has the power to do far more than just introduce sustainability into your classroom. With the resources available over the Internet, 1-1 computing offers a less stressful way for teachers to personalize lessons to each student, be more available for each student, and create more dynamic, engaging in-class activities to appeal to students across different learning modalities. While critics have much to say about the negatives of excess screen time, early studies are showing that students and teachers in 1-1 computing programs are happier--and test scores are on the rise. 

Part 2: We’re living through the Information Age. Your students are likely spending a lot of their time on social media. It can be tempting to think that their savviness with gifs and internet-related acronyms means that they know how to comport themselves respectfully on the internet. This is not necessarily the case. Digital Citizenship is a student standard that is being taught in a growing number of classrooms across the nation. If you prioritize teaching your students how to be good citizens of the online community, you’re handing your students the tools to respect, protect, and educate themselves and others in the ever-evolving online sphere for the rest of their lives. 

Part 3: Career and Technical Education, or CTE, is the subject of an emerging trend in American education. Long equated with similarly practical programs such as vocational school, CTE now represents a targeted approach that--for some students--might help forge a path towards careers that would usually require a Bachelor’s degree. Studies are also beginning to reveal that the focused nature of high-quality CTE programs also provide innate benefits to the student, enhancing their educational experience and likelihood of success. Their cost efficacy makes these types of programs an excellent consideration for schools to invest in over the coming years.

Part 4: As the number of English learners continues to increase in the United States, educational technology developers are encouraged to take the needs of English learners and their educators into consideration in their technology design.  The purpose of this continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, is to provide guidance on how educational technology can meet the needs of English learners, what specific supports should be included, how to assist districts when adopting certain technology, and what types of professional development will be the most useful to educators during this process.  In addition, guiding principles are included to assist educators as they begin to explore new ways of working with and supporting their English learners through technology utilization.

CEU Course Objectives

Part 1:

  1. Examine the benefits and critiques of adopting a 1-1 computing paradigm for your students. 
  2. Explore the pros and cons of the most popular devices chosen for 1-1 computing. 
  3. Review the resources available to teachers and students in 1-1 computing classrooms. 
  4. Discuss the proper way to implement a 1-1 computing system. 
  5. Posit the ways that 1-1 computing can benefit the teachers, parents, and administrators of your school as well as the student.
Part 2:
  1. Detail the main elements of Digital Citizenship, as well as the ways in which being conscientious digital citizens is good for your students (and the online community as a whole).
  2. Analyze the ways with which teachers can help students grow to become good online citizens by following the rules of netiquette, learning to protect themselves and others, respecting internet property laws, information literacy, and more.
  3. Understand the difference between Digital Citizenship and Digital Leadership, and brainstorm ways to help students grow into digital leaders.
  4. Create a framework for teachers to help students mitigate and stop cyberbullying in its tracks by realizing when they need help and prioritizing internet security practices.
  5. Remember that teachers can, perhaps, best teach Digital Citizenship and Digital Leadership by modeling it for the students, and discuss ways in which teachers can most effectively do so for their students. 
Part 3:
  1. Ascertain the specific mission of CTE programs, the needs they meet, and how CTE programs are evolving to provide industry- and market-specific benefits 
  2. Review the benefits that CTE programs offer to students, teachers, and communities
  3. Brainstorm ways to make CTE education more accessible for students in middle and high school
  4. Understand the factors and elements of a high-quality CTE program
  5. Discuss specific methods for providing students with a robust CTE experience, whether the program is taught in-person or remotely
  6. Provide an overview of the 16 career clusters in CTE education, as well as how it is generally taught and where a student might be able to find these programs
Part 4:
  1. Describe what English learners and their educators need in order to achieve success in learning both language and academic content.
  2. Discuss what research and best practices are saying about how English learners gain proficiency in English and build understanding in the different content areas.
  3. Identify what support features should be included in educational technology for English learners and how to best adopt products to enhance instruction of English learners.
  4. Summarize strategies to provide hands-on instruction-focused professional development that will improve teachers’ ability to meet the needs of English learners.
  5. Discover the types of educational technology available to best support English learners.
  6. Evaluate various online resources that are available to assist in the use of educational technology to instruct English learners.

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Course Date: 2023-03-31

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