• A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) can be a great way to earn unscheduled inservice credit. The list below shows some of the ones that are geared toward Educational Technology. If you complete any of them, present your documentation of successful competition to the KCS PD department by completing the Out-of-District Workshop form in MyLearningPlan.
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Free PD from Capella University - Starting Off

  • For teachers with little or no instructional technology use.
  • Designing for the 21st Century Classroom

    Designing for the 21st Century Classroom

    Learners in this course investigate the variety of ways that 1:1 computing can be utilized in the classroom. Learners design instruction to implement various 1:1 computing models.

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  • Digital Citizenship

    Digital Citizenship

    In this course, you will evaluate the ways that students and teachers can become responsible digital citizens as framed by the Children’s Internet Safety Act, Children’s Online Protection Act and ISTE standards. You will gain understanding on how to teach students to responsibly access, evaluate, and use online resources and social media. In addition, you will focus on the nine elements of digital citizenship, cyber-safety, and cyber-bullying.

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  • Standards-Based Digital Instruction

    Standards-Based Digital Instruction

    In this course, you will evaluate the ways that teachers align lessons, objectives, and outcomes to ISTE standards and subject area standards including CCSS and NGSS. Using the Marzano framework, you will evaluate students work, and learn how to implement standards-based digital instruction that incorporates best-practices from the Charlotte Danielson Framework, National Board Teacher Standards, and Professional Teacher Standards.

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  • Classroom Device Management

    Classroom Device Management

    Learners explore structures and systems used in managing a variety of devices and instructional planning in a 1:1 learning environment. Learners develop a technology management plan for their classrooms.

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  • Classroom Instruction using an LMS

    Classroom Instruction using an LMS

    This course focuses on the evaluation of learning management systems and the creation of a secure digital environment. Learners develop routines to increase student achievement and motivation to learn.

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  • Flipping the Classroom

    Flipping the Classroom

    This course focuses on blended learning, in which typical classroom instruction is blended with online learning using a constructivist, problem-based learning approach. Learners explore blended learning by developing a lesson using the flipped classroom model.

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  • Enhancing Instruction with Technology

    Enhancing Instruction with Technology

    Learners in this course develop and apply appropriate technology tools to enhance classroom digital learning experiences. Learners apply the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model, Digital Bloom's Taxonomy, and backward design in planning for effective teaching with technology.

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  • 21st Century Instructional Practices

    21st Century Instructional Practices

    In this course, learners investigate the 21st-century instructional frameworks in K–12 classrooms. Learners analyze Marzano's Teacher Evaluation model, Schulman's model of Pedagogical Reasoning and Action, and the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) model.

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Free PD from Capella University - Upping Your Game

  • For teachers and teacher leaders with moderate instructional technology use.
  • Personalized Instruction

    Personalized Instruction

    Learners in this course explore how to personalize competency-based instruction in a blended environment using a variety of instructional formats.

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  • Personalized Learning through Gaming

    Personalized Learning through Gaming

    Learners explore instructional formats that can be used in personalized instruction and review their role as coach and advisor in this environment. In addition, learners analyze the potential for gamification to motivate and engage learners in a personalized environment.

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  • Implementing Adaptive Learning

    Implementing Adaptive Learning

    In this course, learners implement adaptive learning methods to meet the diverse learning needs of all students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and students who are gifted or talented.

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  • Designing Instruction for Adaptive Learning

    Designing Instruction for Adaptive Learning

    In this course, learners develop lessons and assessments using the Universal Design for Learning framework and other 21st-century frameworks that allow for multiple means of representation, action, and engagement. Learners also incorporate the use of computers and other digital devices into lesson plans.

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  • Collaborative Learning Environments

    Collaborative Learning Environments

    This course focuses on the implementation of virtual and in-person learning opportunities. Learners explore structures and systems that can be implemented to leverage technology in collaborative learning.

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  • Understanding Competency-Based Instruction

    Understanding Competency-Based Instruction

    In this course you will apply effective pedagogical strategies for implementing competency-based instruction in the classroom. You will build on these strategies to create an educational environment that values student voice and pace. Ultimately, you will integrate competency- based curriculum and lesson planning with best-practice teaching approaches to develop competency-based classroom management techniques.

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  • Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum

    Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum

    In this course, you will gain an understanding of the differences between standards, outcomes, and competencies and how they can be integrated into the curriculum. You will build on this understanding, mapping competencies to outcomes and aligning standards to competencies and outcomes. In addition, you will integrate competency- based curriculum and lesson planning with best-practice teaching approaches.

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  • One-to-One Environment in Action

    One-to-One Environment in Action

    The One-to-One Environment in Action course makes the connection between theory and practice where you will integrate the theories and models into a cohesive unit of study incorporating the elements of learning environment, routines and structures, digital citizenship, competency based instructional strategy, personalization, and differentiation.

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Free PD from Capella University - Leading Others

  • For teacher leaders and PD professionals
  • Adult Learning Theory

    Adult Learning Theory

    Adult Learning Theory Course helps you to focus on developing the skill of integrating adult learning theory and current research-based best practices into professional development program planning. You will evaluate how to facilitate professional learning and professional development using the six principles of adult learning theory.

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  • Instructional Coaching

    Instructional Coaching

    In this course, you will evaluate coaching models and techniques that focus on solutions, not problems. You will implement different coaching models and learn to distinguish between the effects of various techniques. In addition, you will plan, set goals, monitor progress and implement accountability strategies for professional growth and improvement.

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  • Teacher Evaluation and Assessment

    Teacher Evaluation and Assessment

    In this course, you will evaluate teacher assessment and evaluation models that aim to help strengthen the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and classroom practices of teachers. You will review comprehensive performance assessment and evaluation systems that provide targeted support, assistance, and professional growth opportunities based on teachers’ individual needs as well as the needs of their students, schools, and districts.

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  • Implementing Site-Based Initiatives

    Implementing Site-Based Initiatives

    In this course, you will develop a plan to roll out a new initiative within a school. You will evaluate the components to include in the plan, identify key members of the planning team and participants affected by the initiative, and the types of professional development needed to successfully launch the initiative. Also, you will develop and implement a program evaluation metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative.

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  • Professional Development in Action

    Professional Development in Action

    In this culminating course, you will integrate theories and models of professional development to create plans and activities that are aligned to site and district initiatives as well as professional teaching standards. You will apply best practices in professional development design, incorporating the elements of teacher evaluation models, adult learning theory, Professional Learning Communities, and instructional coaching.

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  • Professional Learning Communities

    Professional Learning Communities

    Learners in this course evaluate professional learning communities for their effectiveness and impact on student performance. Learners also gain an understanding of how to create and maintain a secure digital environment for professional learning.

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Additional MOOCs

  • You may find some MOOCs listed below that have already occurred. We are leaving them in the list because many times MOOCs are offered again at later dates. (Especially if the instructors of the MOOCs are contacted by several folks interested in participating. (It never hurts to ask!)