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Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

Posted by on May 23, 2017

This summer, Ask a Tech Teacher is holding five Summer Learning classes:

  1. Tech-infused Teacher (Certificate edition for CEUs or grad class for college credit)
  2. Tech-infused Class
  3. Teach Writing with Tech (closed–only open for groups of five)
  4. 20 Webtools in 20 Days (for groups interested in learning webtools from the Structured Learning curriculum)
  5. the Differentiated Teacher (college credit)

Most award Certificates at completion, for CEUs. The Differentiated Teacher and Tech-infused Teacher can be taken for college credit.

If you’re still wondering whether to sign up for one of the Ask a Tech Teacher Summer Learning classes, here are the Top Ten Reasons to do that:

10. Tech ed is a change agent. You like change.

9. You’ll have a bunch of tech ed skills you can now say ‘I know how to do that’. Like TwitterChats. And Google Hangouts. And screencasts.

8. Your school will pay for it of you promise to teach colleagues–or show the videos.

7. Many of these webtools are candidate-driven. You tell us what works best for you in achieving the class goals; we’ll adapt to you.

6. You want to meet new people.

5. You’re technophobic, but lately feel like teaching without technology is like looking at a landscape through a straw: You’re missing a lot. You want to change that.

4. You want personalized help. With all AATT Summer Learning classes, you get as much time as you need with the instructor to mentor and coach–even on topics not included in the syllabus.

3. Technology in education is the greatest show on earth. Well, at least in the classroom. You want to be part of it.

2.  You get CEUs (Continuing Education Units)–between 18 and 24 hours, depending upon the class you select (where applicable). You also get a Certificate listing all the activities you completed.

1. Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Education’s fix requires technology. You’re ready for a new level of thinking.

 

To sign up, click here.

Still need to know more? Here are a few questions I often get:

Is it right for me?tech is easy

Summer PD: The Tech-infused Teacher is for credentialed and non-credentialed K-12 teachers, tech teachers/integration specialists, library media specialists, and pre-service professionals. Some teachers (in some states) are taking this for re-certification. 

Is the course content theory or teaching how to teach?

This 18-hour course provides participants with first-hand experience leveraging technology as a strategic tool when teaching academic topics. A secondary focus (but of significant interest with educators I polled) is technology as change agent in achieving Standards, enabling teachers to fulfill Common Core requirements without adding that ‘extra layer’ many teachers fear will take more time/knowledge/effort than they have available.

The intent of the class is to use tech tools to infuse learning so teachers come away with not just a theoretical understanding of, say, screenshots and screencasts, but the practical application of these tools. In this way, teachers will be able to select the strategic tech tool appropriate for audience, task, and purpose in their own teaching.

Topics attendees may learn by doing include (this depends upon the class taken):

  • Blogging—to reflect, collaborate with classmates, share perspectives during class, complete assessments in some cases. Also, teachers will embed web tools (i.e., a Tagxedo or Voki) into their blogs, as well as screencasts and screenshots where these are appropriate.
  • Digital portfolios—via wikis
  • Flipped Classroom—attendees learn in a ‘flipped classroom’ environment
  • Google Apps—students will use various Google apps to take notes, answer polls, complete forms, collect data
  • Google Hangouts–used to meet as a group and discuss topics
  • Twitter—used to share notes, thoughts, mini-assessments, to collect information via #hashtags, and in TwitterChats
  • Webinars—experiencing how webinars and Google Hangouts are used in teaching

The intent is to make these topics less intimidating, within reach of even teachers who consider themselves non-geeks. I think that’s a large underserved group of teachers. Those I talk to say they don’t understand how to use technology no matter how many examples they see or webinars they attend. This class addresses the need for practical application. Attendees are expected to be risk takers, willing to reach outside their comfort zone, fail if that’s the result of trying. Just as they tell students, it’s OK. That’s called ‘learning’.

One note about course content: With registration, teachers get reference materials that may only be addressed tangentially, but are considered fundamental to the integration of tech into their own classrooms (for example, a list of 98 tech tips that are common problems when students use digital devices).

How is it taught?

The classroom is a wiki. Here, attendees receive their daily assignments via video, articles, links, lesson plans to review. Each participant has their own personal page that serves as their class digital portfolio. At the end of the three weeks, successful students receive a Certificate of Completion listing hours and skills.

More about Summer PD:

35 Takeaways from Summer 2016 Professional Development


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.

5 Responses to Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

  1. Elizabeth Seckman

    My sister is a teacher, I’ll have to share this with her!

  2. Jacqui

    I’d love that. Thanks, Elizabeth!

  3. TheWorryGames

    Sounds like a great way to do a little extra learning this summer!

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