Instructor-Led Online Classes
SOITA is offering three completely online classes this winter and spring. The cost per class is only $150 for SOITA members and $300 for non-members. One semester hour of graduate credit from the University of Dayton may be included for a total cost of $350 for SOITA members and $400 for non-members. All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 15 contact hours.
Surviving Common Core: Informational Reading
February 4, 2013 – February 22, 2013
Informational/non-fictional reading guidelines appear in all Common Core Standards. This particular Common Core Standard is often the most difficult activity for students and the most challenging for educators to teach. This online course will focus on non-fictional, informational reading strategies away from biographies and autobiographies. After reading various professional articles about introducing informational and non-fiction material into the curriculum, participants will explore numerous resources for alternative curriculum material from commercial, professional, and organization websites. Participants will discuss their findings and potential use of their findings in an online discussion. As a culminating project, participants will compile ideas and informational resources for their particular classroom needs with a new Web 2.0 tool, Listango.
Surviving Common Core: Technology Integration
March 4 – March 22, 2013
Technology skills and applications are key to all students’ achievement within the Common Core Standards. Whether Internet, computer software, social media, or cell phones, all students, upon graduation, are expected to be prepared to succeed in the global world and digital society. In this online course, participants will discuss the various technology Common Core Standards and weigh strategies for addressing those standards in their own curriculum. Participants will explore various Web 2.0 tools that can address those standards, as well as resources for online collaboration and team building. Project-based, this course will have participants design a current curriculum-aligned activity with the new technology Common Core Standards.
Enhancing Project-Based Learning with iPads and Web-Based Applications
April 10 - April 24, 2013
Project-based learning provides students the opportunity to develop the four C’s: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. With the shear amount of apps and online applications at your disposal, not to mention the iPad’s built-in microphone and cameras, the possibilities are endless. Throughout this iTunes U course, participants will examine a variety of iOS apps in addition to their web-based counterparts, learning how they can be use in conjunction with each other to support and foster PBL in any classroom. Note: Participants will need to have access to an Apple iPad or iPad Mini and an Internet connection to complete the class.
A blended learning course is a combination of online activities and meeting face-to-face. For the face-to-face component, participants will meet electronically by using Google + Hangouts, so participants will not have to drive to SOITA’s computer labs in Franklin. While the online activities can be completed on the participants’ own schedule the Google+ Hangouts will be scheduled at a convenient time for the group.