Curriculum and Professional Development

Free virtual courses offered this summer through REMC

Enjoy your well-earned Summer Break! Relax and learn with REMC’s free Virtual Courses 
Summer is the perfect time to check out REMC’s Virtual Courses for valuable professional learning opportunities.

These courses offer an easy, convenient way for teachers to connect and collaborate from the safety and convenience of home. Our Virtual Courses are completely free, offer free 10 SCECHs when completed, and are open to all Michigan school personnel. There are no registration or SCECH fees because REMC SAVE’s vendor partners provide support for all REMC professional learning opportunities.
Ten courses are offered this month. Each course is open for three weeks and consists of two (2) one-hour “live” webinars that are recorded and available for viewing later, and eight (8) hours of resource review, assessment developments and written reflection.

JUNE 2020 Course InformationJune courses begin on Monday, June 1.  The deadline for registration is Friday, May 29 My Classroom in a Digital AgeExtending Your Classroom to the CloudTech Up Your K-5 Content With MITECSInquiry and Questioning: Igniting Student Curiosity with Technology, Level 1Authentic Student Learning & GamificationA Practical Guide to Global Success Skills in the Classroom for the 21st Century and BeyondGoogle: Applying Google Apps for Education in Chrome, Level 1The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)Digital Citizenship – Practical ImplementationMaking the Most of Your Google ClassroomCourses descriptions are provided below. If you have questions or need further assistance with your course registration, please contact the REMC Event Coordinator.
May Course Descriptions
 My Classroom in a Digital Age
June 1 | 10 SCECHS
Don’t let your digital life consume you, cause you to lose your perspective, or sidetrack you! Learn and teach your students how to manage life’s digital demands and use digital tools efficiently to meet your responsibilities and goals. Examine your Digital Footprint, learn about tools to improve online safety and security, and customize your digital device(s) to manage your life. Gain knowledge to make smart choices about your digital environment, establishing efficiency, control, and balance. 

Extending Your Classroom to the Cloud
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Do you have students who don’t complete their homework? Perhaps students didn’t fully understand the lesson? Where can they get help when they have a question?
“The Cloud” has genuinely advanced online learning. Use Cloud-based learning blend or flip a classroom, and to access a variety of educational content. Participants will also learn how to create their own instructional videos to share with students.

Tech Up Your K-5 Content With MITECS
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Learn to develop exemplary K-5 lessons that integrate technology using Michigan technology competencies and ISTE Standards for Students. For both the technology coordinator and classroom K-5 teacher, this course will offer a deep understanding of the 21st-century technology skills students should accomplish by grade level. Explore technology scope, sequences, and standards. Gain access to 100’s of free tutorials and activities and tutorials. Learn about the newest technology tools available to grade K-5 classroom teachers.

Inquiry and Questioning: Igniting Student Curiosity with Technology, Level 1
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Students who ask questions engage themselves in learning to find answers. It is the simplest and most effective way of learning. Learn the importance of asking questions. Explore how to nurture a culture of curiosity in the classroom by helping students formulate great questions in their learning. Integrate technology to ignite and sustain critical thinking. Leave with a toolbox and lesson plans focused on inquiry and technology integration.

Authentic Student Learning & Gamification
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Explore the many elements of game mechanics that can also be used for classroom instruction! Examine the purpose and use of Gamification and Game-Based Learning. Uncover how Gamification and Game-Based Learning provide rich, unique experiences for student learning. The course itself models the Gamification style so participants will gain deep Gamification experience as well as experience in games that reflect the Game-Based Learning approach.

A Practical Guide to Global Success Skills in the Classroom for the 21st Century and Beyond
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Global Success Skills (GSS) are critical to student development to ensure students can successfully navigate college and career opportunities. A 2016 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employees (NACE) identified a high need for entry-level students and employees to have practical skills in the following areas: leadership, communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. This course provides an in-depth understanding the Global Success Skills. Learn how to apply the skills in classroom instruction and professional growth lessons. Personalize learning experience by choosing areas to explore using the tools provided in class.

Google: Applying Google Apps for Education in Chrome, Level 1
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Google Apps for Education provides educators with an expansive repertoire of tools for empowering students and managing instruction. This course starts with the basics including how to create documents and share them with students, colleagues, or parents. Participants will: 
1. Understand the different sharing options that are available. 
2. Learn how to navigate the Chrome Web Store to find and install apps that meet the needs of your students. 
3. Install, explore, and utilize new Google Apps and/or Chrome extensions that enable teachers to leverage the impact that technology integration and Chromebooks can have in their classrooms.
4. Realize the transformation these tools can have on teaching and learning when access to information is seamless and ongoing, not confined to the school day or classroom.

The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, openly licensed, high-quality tools that allow users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them for educational purposes. In this course, participants will:– Build an understanding of OERs.   – Discover ways to use OER to differentiate instruction.
– Learn where to find free image and audio resources, online books, videos, audiobooks, interactive simulations, game-based learning, lesson plans, textbooks, online courses, and much more.
– Explore how to use OER to develop or enhance a unit, lesson, or project to meet the diverse needs of learners.
– Share resources and collaborate across geographic boundaries to ensure learners have equitable access to up-to-date and innovative materials.
Participants create an authentic lesson, unit, or project that uses an OER to enhance student learning. Participants also develop a plan for creating an OER that fills an unmet need in their professional practice.

Digital Citizenship – Practical Implementation
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

In a digitally connected world, students need guidance to navigate the world safely and professionally. Learn the ISTE indicators for Digital Citizenship to build a knowledge foundation. Present practical applications for students. Guide students in developing plans to navigate high-speed communication, job opportunities, social media, personal security, and more.

Making the Most of Your Google Classroom
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Google Classroom is an easy way to organize and distribute your classroom assignments. You can share documents through Classroom, and create safe, two-way conversations between you and your students. Learn all the ins and outs of Google Classroom including how to add and grade assignments, post daily warms up, add parents and guardians, and much more. Plus, we’ll show you the many ways you can integrate multiple applications into Google Classroom. (e.g., Geogebra, Discovery, Flipgrid, edPuzzle, etc.)