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February 28, 2015

Register Today For DLT & TSDI MOOC-Eds!

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

Free professional learning on your schedule – even if you’re snowed in! MOOC-Eds are a great way to connect with education professionals like you, and to learn from those who have successfully done what you hope to accomplish in your school or district. Registration is still open for:
Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools
March 2 – April 26
 
Organized around the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Framework, this eight-week course is designed for school and district leaders, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Everyone involved in digital learning (also known as blended learning, e-learning and instructional technology) in a K-12 school or district is welcome to join the course.
This course will help you:
  • Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools;
  • Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district; and
  • Begin to develop a plan to achieve your digital learning goals.
Learn more and register at go.ncsu.edu/dlt4
 
Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations
March 9 – May 3
 
Our world is rich with data sources, and technology makes data more accessible than ever before! To help ensure students are future ready to use data for making informed decisions, many countries around the world have increased the emphasis on statistics and data analysis in school curriculum–from elementary/primary grades through college. This course allows you to learn, along with colleagues from other schools, to use an investigation cycle to teach statistics and to help students explore data to make evidence-based claims.
Learn more and register at go.ncsu.edu/tsdi
 
If you have already signed up for one of these MOOC-Eds, please share this information with your colleagues!


The MOOC-Ed Team

 

February 27, 2015

[CNIE-L] African Virtual Universty : ICT TEACHING AND LEARNING MOOC

From yesterday’s inbox…

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Subject: African Virtual Universty : ICT TEACHING AND LEARNING MOOC
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:45:24 +0000
From: Whistler Cherubin <wcherubin@avu.org>
To: rory@athabascau.ca <rory@athabascau.ca>

Dear Dr Rory McGreal

In a move designed to provide African learners with greater access to higher education opportunities, the African Virtual University (AVU) and the Commonwealth of Learning will launch a MOOC on March 9th  2015.

Based on unique learning expectations and needs, participant will choose from a wide variety of learning activities designed to help them improve themselves. Module 1 : what are ICTs? Module 2 : why use ICTs in teaching and learning ? Modules 3&4 : How to use ICTs to support teaching and learning.

The courses are for free. Please circulate widely in your networks : moocs.avu.org

Best Regards,

Whistler CHERUBIN

Marketing and Communication Officer

African Virtual University|Université Virtuelle Africaine

Cape Office Park, Ring Road, Kilimani

  1. O Box 25405 – 00603, Nairobi, Kenya.
    Tel: +254 20 2528333

Leading eLearning in Africa

www.avu.org; http://oer.avu.org

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February 21, 2015

Access Education’s Top Experts through EdPolicy Leaders Online

Wow!  I guess if the data and research aren’t on your side, the next best thing is indoctrination…

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Dear Friend,

I am excited today to announce a new initiative by the Foundation for Excellence in Education called EdPolicy Leaders Online , a series of free, self-paced education reform massive open online courses (MOOCs) designed specifically for policymakers and education reform partners. The best part is – you can enroll right now!

2015-02-19 Patricia Screenshot EdPolicyThe courses, hosted on the Canvas Network, feature nearly 40 experts and leaders across the education landscape from superintendents to senators, parents to policymakers, teachers to technology gurus and community leaders to CEOs.

EdPolicy Leaders Online was designed with leaders in mind by offering access to top experts providing in-depth knowledge, tools, and key resources needed to advance and effectively implement trending reforms; convenient, self-paced modules to accommodate busy schedules; and official recognition of course completion, which can be displayed on social networks, such as LinkedIn, or on their résumés.

Our first three courses are robust, timely and varied, offering the opportunity to learn about the relevant education reform issues in the news today.

  • Data Privacy? Get Schooled: This course, developed in coordination with the Data Quality Campaign , will discuss the value data brings to improve education, offer recommendations for addressing privacy concerns while promoting effective data use, and explore lessons learned from existing and emerging policies in education and other sectors.
  • Securing Our Nation’s Future: A failing American educational system threatens U.S. national security. In this course, participants will hear from national leaders and experts about these threats, the urgent need for education reform and how America can ensure its own security and global leadership for future generations.
  • Communications Boot Camp: Winning the Ed Reform Conversation: How we deliver our messages makes a big difference when it comes to winning the education reform conversation. In this course, participants will build their communications skills related to media relations, targeted messaging, and the use of social media.

EdPolicy Leaders Online enrollment is open now with courses beginning March 23. Each course has five to six individual modules that require no more than an hour of time each, allowing participants -like you- to easily fit them into a busy schedule. There are no restrictions on who can register or how many participants can join a course.

We hope you will join us by participating in this exciting online initiative.

Thank you for your continued commitment to America’s students.

Patricia Levesque
CEO
Foundation for Excellence in Education


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February 14, 2015

Two NEW MOOC-Eds Now Open For Registration

From Wednesday’s inbox…

MOOC-Ed logo

TWO NEW COURSES NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

Thousands have already signed up for our early spring MOOC-Eds, and we’re excited to announce that registration is now open for two more courses!

Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools (March 2 – April 26)

Organized around the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Framework, this eight-week course is designed for school and district leaders, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Everyone involved in digital learning (also known as blended learning, e-learning and instructional technology) in a K-12 school or district is welcome to join the course.

This course will help you:

  • Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools;
  • Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district; and
  • Begin to develop a plan to achieve your digital learning goals.

Watch this short video to learn more, read about the course at the course website or click here to register now!

New! Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations (March 9 – May 3)

Our world is rich with data sources, and technology makes data more accessible than ever before! This course allows you to learn how to use an investigation cycle to teach statistics and to help students explore data to make evidence-based claims. During this eight-week course, you will strengthen your understanding of how to engage students in a statistical investigation process, explore a framework for guiding your teaching of statistical investigations to promote deeper data explorations for your students, and much more! While teachers of statistics in grades 6-12 and in post-secondary contexts are the primary audience, this course may also be of interest to elementary teachers, teacher educators, and teachers of other disciplines that use data-based explorations extensively to make claims and inferences (e.g., science, social science).

Click here to learn more about or register for the course.

Still open for registration:

Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning (February 16 – March 29)

This six-week course will explore what it means to read, write, speak, and listen for learning and creating knowledge within a discipline. Designed specifically for teacher educators and 4-12th grade teachers in English and Language Arts, Science, History or Social Studies, and Mathematics, this course is open to all educators in K-12 and postsecondary levels interested in learning more about disciplinary literacy for deeper learning. Additionally, this course provides an optional PLC Facilitation Guide to assist teams as they work through the MOOC-Ed together.

Click here to learn more about or register for the course.
Coaching Digital Learning (February 23 – April 5)

This six-week course will allow you to collaborate with other instructional technology coaches, specialists, and those who guide the integration of digital learning to directly enhance and support student learning. You will deepen your understanding of what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology effectively; explore relevant frameworks, strategies, tools, and resources; and develop and share an Instructional Technology Coaching Action Plan to support your school or district’s digital learning culture.

Click here to learn more about or register for the course.

MOOC-Ed is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State’s College of Education.
Visit the Friday Institute’s website at fi.ncsu.edu

 Like the Friday Institute on Facebook   |    Follow the Friday Institute on Twitter   |    Follow the Friday Institute on Instagram | Forward to a Friend

February 11, 2015

Two NEW MOOC-Eds Now Open For Registration

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…

MOOC-Ed logo

TWO NEW COURSES NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

Thousands have already signed up for our early spring MOOC-Eds, and we’re excited to announce that registration is now open for two more courses!

Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools (March 2 – April 26)

Organized around the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Framework, this eight-week course is designed for school and district leaders, as well as university faculty, consultants, parents and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Everyone involved in digital learning (also known as blended learning, e-learning and instructional technology) in a K-12 school or district is welcome to join the course.

This course will help you:

  • Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools;
  • Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district; and
  • Begin to develop a plan to achieve your digital learning goals.

Watch this short video to learn more, read about the course at the course website or click here to register now!

New! Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations (March 9 – May 3)

Our world is rich with data sources, and technology makes data more accessible than ever before! This course allows you to learn how to use an investigation cycle to teach statistics and to help students explore data to make evidence-based claims. During this eight-week course, you will strengthen your understanding of how to engage students in a statistical investigation process, explore a framework for guiding your teaching of statistical investigations to promote deeper data explorations for your students, and much more! While teachers of statistics in grades 6-12 and in post-secondary contexts are the primary audience, this course may also be of interest to elementary teachers, teacher educators, and teachers of other disciplines that use data-based explorations extensively to make claims and inferences (e.g., science, social science).

Click here to learn more about or register for the course.

Still open for registration:

Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning (February 16 – March 29)

This six-week course will explore what it means to read, write, speak, and listen for learning and creating knowledge within a discipline. Designed specifically for teacher educators and 4-12th grade teachers in English and Language Arts, Science, History or Social Studies, and Mathematics, this course is open to all educators in K-12 and postsecondary levels interested in learning more about disciplinary literacy for deeper learning. Additionally, this course provides an optional PLC Facilitation Guide to assist teams as they work through the MOOC-Ed together.

Click here to learn more about or register for the course.
Coaching Digital Learning (February 23 – April 5)

This six-week course will allow you to collaborate with other instructional technology coaches, specialists, and those who guide the integration of digital learning to directly enhance and support student learning. You will deepen your understanding of what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology effectively; explore relevant frameworks, strategies, tools, and resources; and develop and share an Instructional Technology Coaching Action Plan to support your school or district’s digital learning culture.

Click here to learn more about or register for the course.

MOOC-Ed is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State’s College of Education.
Visit the Friday Institute’s website at fi.ncsu.edu

 Like the Friday Institute on Facebook   |    Follow the Friday Institute on Twitter   |    Follow the Friday Institute on Instagram | Forward to a Friend

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