Upcoming September Professional Development Courses Available Through eNetColorado

Posted by on September 15, 2012 in News, Professional Development | Comments Off on Upcoming September Professional Development Courses Available Through eNetColorado

Courses Starting September 19th – REGISTER NOW!

Intel® Teach Elements:  Project-Based Approaches 

Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practices as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning who discusses strategies with a mentor teacher. Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, and students for successful 21st Century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students’ 21st Century skills throughout an open-ended project. The course offers opportunities to apply the PBL concepts with action planning exercises.  To register for this course, please click here.

Intel® Teach Elements:  Thinking Critically with Data

This course examines critical thinking with a focus on data analysis in our information-rich world. In this course, teachers explore practical skills and strategies to draw on when teaching students to think critically about the information around them. Teachers will understand how to design student projects and assessments that address critical thinking skills when collecting and analyzing data. Additionally, they will see how technology can support students’ collection, organization, and presentation of data. The course also offers practical tips for implementing projects that ask students to think critically with data.  To register for this course, please click here.

NEW Course Starting September 19th

Isn’t that Spatial?  Analyzing our World Using Digital Maps and Spatial Thinking

Spatial analysis is the process of uncovering patterns in data using dynamic web-based maps.  The data ranges from population change, earthquakes, tornadoes, land use, water quality, climate, crops, or other relevant issues of our 21st Century world ranging from local to global in scale.  Using spatial analysis in the classrooms makes use of STEM disciplines, as well as geography, social studies, and language arts in an inquiry-driven, problem solving framework.  It uses web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps, satellite images, 2D and 3D representations of the Earth, multimedia, spreadsheets, and web-based communication tools that develop skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce.  To foster and support the use of spatial analysis in the curriculum, “Teaching Using Spatial Analysis 101” is to provide confidence, skills, and the spatial perspective necessary to foster spatial analysis in geography early and biological sciences, history, mathematics, computer science and other disciplines.  This will be accomplished through a series of hands-on activities where participants investigate a series of fascinating issues relevant to the 21st Century, including population, natural hazards, energy, water, current events, sustainable agriculture, and more.  These activities will be supplemented by short readings and reflections which will build a community of educators focused on the value of investigating the world through a spatial perspective.  Students who are ultimately impacted by what educators learn through this course will benefit through key career and critical thinking skills in data management, inquiry, multimedia, and geospatial technologies.  To register for this course, please click here.

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