Fall 2016 Professional Development Opportunities

posted Sep 6, 2016, 5:56 AM by Susan Briere

Castleton University Center for Schools fall offerings include:

Teaching and Learning in Digital Environments, Deanna Donza, September 16 - December 16, 2016, no class the week of December 5, hybrid and in person dates: September 24October 29 and December 39 am - 12 pm, Monument Elementary School, Bennington, Vermont.

Redefining Teaching in a Chromebook Environment, David Wells, M.Ed., face-to-face meeting Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9 am to 3 pm, Comfort Inn & Suites at Maplewood, 213 Paine Turnpike N, Montpelier, Vermont, remainder of the required hours will be completed in an online learning environment between September 19 and October 24, 2016.

Instructional Materials Development for Your Google Classroom (to Enhance Classroom Instruction), Patricia Aigner, Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9 am, remainder of class is completely online ending December 17, 2016, Face-to-face at Rutland High School.

Writing with Chromebooks, David Wells, M.Ed., one face-to-face meeting on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9 am to 3 pm, remainder of the required house will be completed in an online learning environment between September 27 and November 1, 2016

Lego WeDo Robotics and Coding in the Elementary Grades, David Wells, first class in-person in Montpelier onOctober 15, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm, remainder of the course will take place in an online learning environment between October 19 and November 23, 2016.


Upcoming Courses at Marlboro Gradschool

posted Jul 18, 2016, 6:19 AM by Susan Briere

Game Design for Teachers

100% online. 6-week course runs from August 14th, to September 25th, 2016 with one optional in-person session in Southern Vermont on the 14th.

In this hands-on studio course, students will learn to use a variety of digital authoring tools—including but not limited to Twine, Inklewriter, and Adobe Captivate—to create instructional games and interactive educational materials. Participants will examine the intersections of gaming and learning and explore how we can push the boundaries of both forms to maximize student engagement. Topics covered in this course will include narrative structure, variables, and game mechanics. For a final project, students will produce an instructional game of their own design, using one of the tools covered in the course. Register here.


Inquiry-Driven, Project-Based Mathematics

100% online. 6-week course runs from August 1st, to September 16th, 2016.

This course will serve as an in-depth exploration of high-school project based mathematics. The main objectives of the course are to guide teachers through the process of designing and implementing inquiry-driven, application-based projects in Algebra 1 - Calculus.  Topics to be covered include strategies for designing daily lessons that emphasize inquiry and critical thinking, resources available for creating in-depth projects, and specific ways to plan high school math curriculum around application-based projects. Theories engaged will include Dewey (Experience in Education), Noddings (Ethic of Care), and Dweck (Mindset). Participants will learn the material through creation of curricular resources. Specifically, major assignments will include the design of several inquiry-focused, student-driven lesson plans, major unit plans, and large projects tied to specific unit plans. Register here.

Create, Make, Learn 2016
August 1st-5th in Burlington with our partner Lucie DeLaBruere. Optional graduate credit includes post-workshop work. The fourth annual Create Make Learn summer institutes gives educators experience with active, hands-on learning in four areas:

    1. Create With Chromebooks

    2. Create with iPads

    3. STEAM Powered Learning

    4. Advance your Maker Skills
    Register here.

Please send inquires to Kara Hamilton, Education Admissions Counselor: khamilton@gradschool.marlboro.edu802-451-7506
You’ll find greater detail about each course and access to registration on our website:  www.marlboro.edu/pdi.

Tuition Awards Available

posted Mar 21, 2016, 10:35 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 10:44 AM ]

Hey Folks!

Interested in getting your MA in Teaching with Technology?

Marlboro is offering two new $5,000 tuition awards. They have extended the deadline to April 15; perfect for signing up for May-Aug trimester. If you know of any teachers that are interested you can let them know there's still time to get their applications in. 

Visit the registration page for the full schedule, or contact Kara Hamilton (khamilton@gradschool.marlboro.edu) in admissions. 


Using Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Increase Engagement

posted Jun 26, 2015, 10:05 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 10:44 AM ]

Let's consider a basic fact.. young animals play in order to learn survival skills as they transition to adulthood. Well, our youngsters are no different. Whether they are in the classroom, on the ball field, or at camp they are trying out skills and strategies that will bring them positive outcomes.. a great grade, a homerun, or maybe even the Survivor Badge. We want all of our students to take risks in the classroom to try something new, to stick with a program, and to increase their sense of "agency", the belief that whatever happens they have what it takes to move forward and learn from their experiences.

Teachers can incorporate game mechanics to tap into one of the most basic instincts we are born with, the ability to learn critical skills through play. This technique is sure to engage even the most hesitant learners. One simple method is to use grading and assessment to move kids from zero knowledge, or XP (experience points) through a series of learning activities where they earn XP and level up as they master facts, skills, and cognitive abilities on their learning journey. Kids can tell you that it takes lots of planning, preparation and practice to go on a boss raid and conquer all obstacles!

Check out this video that explores using game dynamics in the classroom to get your student to play hard and level up.

YouTube Video


New features in Google Classroom mobile app

posted May 28, 2015, 6:19 PM by Susan Briere   [ updated May 28, 2015, 6:23 PM ]

Create, edit, and grade assignments on the go with new Classroom mobile app features

In January, Google launched a Classroom mobile app for iOS and Android for students who increasingly rely on mobile devices to get homework done on the go. That app has now been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. This functionality isn’t just useful for students, however. We’ve heard from teachers that they also want to be able to keep track of their classes no matter where they are or what device they’re on. Today, we’re making that even easier with several new features. Teachers can now:
  • Create and edit assignments on the go, make copies of attachments, and attach new photos to assignments. 
  • Grade assignments from their phones or tablets, and add private comments for students.
  • Snap pictures to create assignments, so whiteboard photos and class notes can be posted to the stream for students who are absent and/or assigned to the class for a deeper dive.

New Google Photos Folder in Drive

posted Apr 4, 2015, 8:09 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Apr 4, 2015, 8:21 AM ]

Soon, you'll see a new folder in your Drive called Google Photos. If you are a Google+ user you will now be able to manage all the photos and videos in your Google+ Photos right in your Drive. You can view and manage your photos and videos in both Google+ and Google Drive. Photos that you can see in both Google+ and Drive only count once towards your storage limit. As a Google for Education user you have unlimited storage so the storage limit would only apply if you have a separate GMail account.. @gmail.com.

Why have photos in both locations? In Google+, you can create albums, edit your photos, create Auto Awesome photos and movies, and share with people you care about. If you delete photos or videos from Google Drive, they will also be deleted from Google+. If you delete photos or videos from Google+, they will also be deleted from Google Drive.

You can control this feature via Drive Settings > General > “Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive.”
More info available under Tech Help.

Dynamic Landscapes 2015

posted Mar 17, 2015, 6:35 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 6:41 AM ]

It's coming soon! May 21-22, 2015. Registration for Dynamic Landscapes educational conference is open. 

STEM is in the air! This year's sessions are all about Do, Make and Create. You will find a multitude of hands-on projects for the classroom, ideas for creating place-based and project-based learning opportunities, an inventor's workshop - and you can visit a makerspace. Check out tips on getting the most from Chromebooks and iPads, and learn about giving students voice and choice. 

 Dynamic Landscapes - Schedule for Thursday and Friday 

Summer Learning Opportunity

posted Mar 12, 2015, 6:11 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 9:49 AM ]

Google Tools for Schools, Southwest Summer Institute 2015

Starts face-to-face on August first, and online with Lucie deLabruere, Fair Haven. Contact Brooke Farrell, ARSU, for details: bfarrell@arsu.org, 802-265-4905. 3 Graduate credits. Stay tuned for details.

VT-AOE Ed Tech Tweets

posted Mar 10, 2015, 9:55 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Mar 10, 2015, 9:55 AM ]


New versions of the Google Docs editor iOS apps

posted Mar 6, 2015, 9:28 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 9:32 AM ]

New versions of the Google Docs editor iOS apps are now available in the App Store.
New features include:

  • Ability to make a copy of documents, spreadsheets and presentations 
  • Accessibility improvements in the Sheets app
  • Performance improvements in all apps

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